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Murray sweats past Ljubicic « on: June 24, 2011, 09:53 PM »
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Andy Murray moved into the fourth round of Wimbledon today with a hard fought and far from convincing 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over Ivan Ljubicic.

The start of the match was delayed by rain and Murray found himself playing under cover once again. Ljubicic is widely regarded as having one of the finest first and second deliveries on the tour, and this shot has enabled him to remain competitive at the relatively advanced age of 32. Unlike the Ivo Karlovic's of the world, the Croatian also posesses a solid baseline and net game.

This combination of strengths goes some way to explaining why in six previous encounters Murray had only won three, losing the most recent match in Beijing last year. The Scot is undeniably a world class returner, but his tendency to gift service breaks to his opponents makes this a bad match up.

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Murray has struggled with his forehand throughout the tournament and this shot continued to misfire at inopportune times. Facing a breakpoint in the seventh game, the Scot thrashed a mid court ball into the net.

Ljubicic's advantage was short lived. At 30-40 in the very next game he inexplicably double faulted, handing the break straight back. Murray subsequently held, and the Croatian crumbled when serving to stay in the set.

Any thoughts of Murray cantering to victory were quickly extinguished when he immediately dropped serve in the first game of the second set. The Scot was unable to fashion a break of his own, and Ljubicic held his nerve to seal the set.

World class players are able to raise their games when the situation demands, and Murray immediately upped his level and raced into a 5-0 lead in the third set. Ljubicic was able to get on the scoreboard and avoid the dreaded bagel, but Murray cooly served it out for a two sets to one advantage.

Ljubicic re-established himself in the fourth set, but some ill judged approaches coupled with some trademark Murray passing shots saw him slip a break behind in the fifth game. Murray was now in full flow and a repeat of the between-the-legs shot first seen at Queens had the crowd in raptures.

Pride comes before a fall and Murray was broken when serving for the match at 5-4. A sequence of powderpuff second serves gave Ljubicic a break point, before a booming ace was overruled by the chair umpire. Murray chose not to challenge despite subsequent replays showing the ball was clearly in. The second delivery sat up and begged to be spanked, and the Croatian duly obliged.

The reprive was short lived as Murray again raised his level in the tiebreak, sealing the match with a thumping crosscourt forehand.

Next up is Richard Gasquet on Monday, at a time to be confirmed. The Frenchman has yet to drop a set and Murray will need to improve his serve and forehand to advance to the Quarter Final.
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #1 on: June 24, 2011, 09:56 PM »
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Nice one Andy, I expect he'll up his game for Gasquet.
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011, 10:18 PM »
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Superb game Andy... Watch out for that umpire... He has got dodgy eyes!!!!
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #3 on: June 24, 2011, 10:21 PM »
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Nerve-racking but fun to watch. Some great tennis as well as some more iffy stuff. But yay through and looking forward to seeing him play Gasquet yes
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011, 10:27 PM »
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News reporting just gets more and more shoddy. On the BBC News just now 'Andy Murray has won through to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon...'

No, he hasn't.
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011, 10:30 PM »
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Completely agree with Hazel some fabulous tennis amidst the you know what.....
Luby's serve was incredible and caused Andy so many problems yet he  was in it more often than not and actually, although his own serve percentage was low,  served more aces.
His serve was the cause of the difficulties because when Luby had a shot at the second serve, he killed it.
If he's to go further he must up that percentage. Commentators still making the point that if your first serve ain't so good, take something off it to make sure it goes in. really don't know why he doesn't confused
however, Gasquet does not serve like that so  cmon yeah
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #6 on: June 24, 2011, 10:46 PM »
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News reporting just gets more and more shoddy. On the BBC News just now 'Andy Murray has won through to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon...'

No, he hasn't.

Yes I yelled at her too, just wish they would pay attention.  Any way great win Andy even if I had to yell at you as well a couple of times, looking forward to next week.

(Notice Federer didnt get his day on no 1 court then.)
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #7 on: June 24, 2011, 11:00 PM »
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Yes I yelled at her too, just wish they would pay attention. 

The 4th round is often confused with the quarter-finals. It's all part of the general ignorance about the game. Like confusing rankings with seedings. Or like when there's a net cord on the first serve and the server then serves his first serve again and nets the ball. The crowd always go 'aaaaaaah'. Had they really forgotten about the let in that short space of time? How dumb are they?
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #8 on: June 24, 2011, 11:23 PM »
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The 4th round is often confused with the quarter-finals. It's all part of the general ignorance about the game. Like confusing rankings with seedings. Or like when there's a net cord on the first serve and the server then serves his first serve again and nets the ball. The crowd always go 'aaaaaaah'. Had they really forgotten about the let in that short space of time? How dumb are they?

I'm dumb when it comes to this stuff but what does a let even count as? An error? Nothing?
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #9 on: June 24, 2011, 11:27 PM »
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I'm dumb when it comes to this stuff but what does a let even count as? An error? Nothing?

It counts as nothing I suppose - have the serve again, carry on as though nothing happened.

You got it over the net and into the service box, but it would be harsh on your opponent to expect them to get up to what is effectively a netcord! lol
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #10 on: June 24, 2011, 11:57 PM »
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Would really like to see Bandy put up a good show tomorrow.  Not just because I would love to see Roger lose, but because he has so much talent and has been very unlucky with injuries.  He has really did the business over Fed in the past.

Anyway good win for Andy, and hope he enjoys the weekend off, and doesn't read all the nonsense that is bound to be in the sunday papers.  I assume andy v richard will be last match on centre on monday.  Can't wait!! Then he will be in the QF.
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #11 on: June 25, 2011, 12:06 AM »
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I assume andy v richard will be last match on centre on monday.  Can't wait!! Then he will be in the QF.

Hmm, I really wouldn't speak too soon. Gasquet looks uber good. Ive been sh*tting myself about him since the draw and he seems to be proving me right thus far. He's playing some lights out stuff. Im sure if he can get past him the Semis are a given though.

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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #12 on: June 25, 2011, 12:45 AM »
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The second delivery sat up and begged to be spanked, and the Croatian duly obliged.
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #13 on: June 25, 2011, 01:04 AM »
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News reporting just gets more and more shoddy. On the BBC News just now 'Andy Murray has won through to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon...'

No, he hasn't.
Tennis obviously require reporters with intelligence. They dont make such mistakes when reporting football or cricket!
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Re: Murray sweats past Ljubicic « Reply #14 on: June 25, 2011, 03:48 AM »
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Tiring but delighted to have to sit up in the morning Hong Kong time watching Andy work hard to win in a very thrilling match. Will be watching the Gasquet match as well.
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