Things I didn't like about Andy's match today:
- His movement
- His second serve
- The gawd-awful outfit.. (that orange cuff at the bottom of his shorts to match the orange t-shirt... my son wore a similar outfit at 3 yrs old)
- His facial grimace when things aren't going well (sorry Andy.. you ain't foolin' me... that ain't no 'smile' and it makes me nervous).
- Getting up at 05:30am to watch!
Things I liked:
- His 1st serve
- His level of fitness
- His determination
- I found a decent livestream
I loved to see him get the bagel again against Muller, but I felt it came down more to the disparity of fitness between them. I didn't hear any wolf-whistles when Giles took his shirt off (unlike the attention Andy got the other day!). I think Muller had some amazing shots but just ran out of gas in the tank, more than Andy playing better.
Oh well... a win's a win... and on we go..
I'm just hoping there's no underlying problem because, to me anyway, he just didn't look to be moving that well.
I hope I'm wrong.
Lucky you - my livestream was rubbish. What was yours?
Agree with your post in general but have to disagree with you about Muller. I felt Andy really got near the top of his game by the 3rd set and Muller simply had no answer so just gave up mentally, although I accept that the level of fitness between the two possibly played a part.
Andy does seem to have been having problems with his dodgy right knee, but he claims it'll get less painful the more matches he plays (don't quite understand that though, but then I don't totally understand that condition, whereas he does and so does his physio). Also he's bound to be match rusty having played so little competitive tennis since October. Anyway, I came across this quote in an Aussie newspaper from Andy after this match -
I felt like I moved better in the second and third sets. It's such a huge part of my game. When I'm moving well I feel more confident. In the first set, I was still not moving as I would have liked. That needs to get better,” Murray said.
“I want to be feeling 100 per cent on Monday in 10 days. That's the goal. With each match, your body is going to feel better. Towards the end of the second set I ran down some good balls and that's what I need just now. I was happy with that. It's been a good start.”
Another report say he's keen to get as many matches as possible under his belt before the AO, so I'm wondering if he might request an exhibition match or two next week, as he's done the last two years, provided of course that the knee doesn't actually get worse.