Philip, where have you,ve been..... Footnote ... This is a man hug.
Philip returned to MW at the very start of the year ... so where have you been?
Andy sounding disappointed as well:
"Every time you play against one of the top guys in the world, it's always a good opportunity to see exactly where your game's at," said Murray. "I have been working with Ivan now for a couple of months. We worked on a lot of things, certain tactics and stuff that would work against Rafa, Novak, and Roger. It would have been, for me, nice to see whether or not those things were working."
This is the second time this tournament Murray has received a walkover, after Canadian Milos Raonic pulled out of their third-round match with a right ankle injury.
"I have done a lot of practicing, a lot of hitting balls this week, but not a lot of match play," Murray said. "It's been quite a strange week. Hopefully the final, whoever it is, is going to be fit and well and we can have a good match."
"I guess the one benefit here is that there is a day in between, so I'll have tomorrow to practice with righties," said Murray. "The last of couple days I have been hitting with lefties. I practiced for [30 to] 40 minutes with Paes and Stepanek just to get used to playing righties again."
Feel really sorry for Andy. So very frustrating for him.
Practising is fine but it's no substitute for actually playing matches, especially against tough opponents.