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Posted on: March 13, 2013, 03:56 AM
Posted by: janeyd3
Just a quick note to say that Indian Wells was in Southern California the last time I looked!
Posted on: March 12, 2013, 05:40 PM
Posted by: teejay1
........  and yet Ms Croft was still commenting on Andy's chuntering to himself and his box.  I sometimes think that she and I have been watching different matches!

I always think Crofty and I have been watching different matches, and certainly different versions of Andy!

Andy muttered to himself a few times, but I always think that is all right for him. What Crofty seems to want on court is Andy to be a robot and he isn't. I don't think Andy will ever be one of those players who never utters a word when he isn't happy with his performance. What he is much better at is keeping himself under some control though, not letting things boil over, which seems to help him think more clearly. Crofty should give him a bit of credit. He rarely even looks at his box these days.
Posted on: March 12, 2013, 05:12 PM
Posted by: Sabine
Glad that Andy made it through. It was tough, but it is obviously better than losing like the previous 2 times.
Posted on: March 12, 2013, 02:37 PM
Posted by: deb
Hi everyone , been away for a bit, another nail biting match, but thought Andy did well after the time he has had away. I think he will do well this week,   cmonandy
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 03:59 PM
Posted by: Tonedial
murray/murray v huey/janowicz at 2.35 am tues morning http://www.flashscores.co.uk/match/j1RZun3j/#match-summary
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 03:55 PM
Posted by: OldScotSupport
Give me Peter Fleming any time over Croft. He talks intelligent tennis unlike Croft, who perhaps is not able to distinguish one end of a tennis racquet from the other.
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 03:39 PM
Posted by: counter_ puncher
Did Mrs Croft really say so?  I admired Andy for staying relatively calm though there was enough reason for showing dissatisfaction in the first six games. but some people seem to have their opinions which they would not want to change even when Andy has definitely shown signs of progress in his on-court demeanour. Yet, I hope I can still see emotions, be they positive or negative. I cannot stand these players with their poker-faces. so therefore let Mrs Croft complain.
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 03:38 PM
Posted by: Littlebuddha
She must have been I thought he was pretty calm and did not have any outbursts. He did mutter but it was not audible to others. I think he played well on the whole remember he is a bit rusty.
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 03:34 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Oh Andy you don't half make us suffer at times.  But there was one game when he played so sweetly that a big grin stole across my face and I remembered then that that is why I so love Andy Murray.
I agree with tj that credit to Andy for turning it round when he was clearly nervous and rusty and he did so with minimum fuss I thought despite what la croft said.  And his opponent [whose name we all keep forgetting but who I suspect might start to make a mark] was as bbh said inspired at times.  In fact, if I'd been a neutral I'd really have enjoyed that match,  As it was I spent some of it remembering just how stressful it can be on that old roller coaster.
But onwards and upwards Andy and good luck in the dubs too.
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 02:57 PM
Posted by: Alis


What I think is important for Andy is the manner in which he turned it around. Once he got into his stride he was getting better and better, which has to be a good thing. In the end the first set looked like a relatively minor blip.

It's a bit obvious to say that this is the sort of match Andy could have lost in the past, but it is. In the past I think he could have got frustrated and not given himself a chance. There is none of that now. He kept his head down and got on with the job and was all over the second, and especially the third.


........  and yet Ms Croft was still commenting on Andy's chuntering to himself and his box.  I sometimes think that she and I have been watching different matches!
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 02:55 PM
Posted by: janetx
Funny title.

I thought Donsky played well in set one.

Yes, Andy was a bit rusty but he showed flashes of brilliance in the latter sets.
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 02:53 PM
Posted by: Iris
Good report Nigel.  Thought Andy was nervous and tight in the first set, as one of the comms said 'Andy's body was in California but his mind was still in Miami'!  I never felt he would lose but he had to be patient (which he was) and his game eventually came together.  Good to see him play again and looking forward to the next roller coaster.   cmonandy
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 12:13 PM
Posted by: teejay1
Great match report clap

I expected Andy to be a bit rusty after 6 weeks of not playing. I'd already anticipated it going 3 sets.

What I think is important for Andy is the manner in which he turned it around. Once he got into his stride he was getting better and better, which has to be a good thing. In the end the first set looked like a relatively minor blip.

It's a bit obvious to say that this is the sort of match Andy could have lost in the past, but it is. In the past I think he could have got frustrated and not given himself a chance. There is none of that now. He kept his head down and got on with the job and was all over the second, and especially the third.

I think this one will put Andy in good stead going forwards this week.
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 10:01 AM
Posted by: benniebone
Thankyou for your super report it has cheered me up considerably. I heard a radio commentary on the first set which was painful in the extreme and then I had to wait with  growing apprehension for what I thought would be the inevitable result of a Donskoy win. How marvellous then to read your accounts of the other two sets proving that one should never give up hope.
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 07:22 AM
Posted by: michelle
Enjoyed your report. I feel that we need to remember that having lost here for the last two years would have made Andy very nervous, coupled with the fact that his opponent came out all guns firing  this meant it would take Andy some time to settle into his game. Andy said that when you haven't seen someone play it takes time to work out their game, and this young man is a smart player who has some very good shots, so I for one thought Andy came through this test very well and he will build on this match and progress through the tournament. cmon yeah hug
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 07:16 AM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Bound to be rusty, as I said elsewhere Whistle We've seen many, many matches that have played out like this and should expect some early ones to be like this.
D. was inspired in the first set and played some spectacular tennis,  but I thought Andy played well from the second on and he's got another monkey, albeit a tiny one Wink, off his back.
Let's Go. yay
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 05:24 AM
Posted by: adb..OH
Phew! Good going Andy. Donskoy played a good game but so glad you got him sorted out.  Nice report, Nigel.  cmonandy
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 02:31 AM
Posted by: scotnadian
Thanks, Nigel. I also felt like he was playing ol' JC at times.

I'm currently in the process of re-watching it on my (non-live) TV coverage.

Always interesting to watch Andy when not emotionally invested.

Donskoy was hot... then not. Definitely has the skills tho' and I give him credit for taking it to World Number 3.

Andy was on simmer, and didn't boil over.

Next..
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 02:19 AM
Posted by: Bevc
A win is a win, no matter how 'ugly' it was to get there. cmonandy Hopefully I will have some coverage next match, though probably at work again Rolling Eyes

At would you adam and eve it, looks like word's spread about that scenic route to Novak Whistle
Posted on: March 11, 2013, 12:33 AM
Posted by: OldScotSupport
Looking at that first set, I began to wonder exactly who was the world number 3. Certainly it wasn't Andy the way he was playing.

The match really for me lacked too much excitement, therefore, I kept switching from time to time to watching golf.