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Murray through against Gil « on: April 15, 2011, 05:53 PM »
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Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters with a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 win over Portuguese qualifier Frederico Gil in only 72 minutes.

Confident from the outset despite the windy conditions, Murray was far too strong for Gil and had him constantly on the defensive with his greater variety and weight of shot.

The Scot broke serve in game three and then played the first drop shot of the day, having got on the wrong side of the home crowd 24 hours earlier for using the same tactic against an injured Simon. There was nothing but applause this time, however, such was the quality of the stroke. Murray gave further evidence that his forehand is really finding its range on the clay as he broke again on his way to taking the first set.

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Gil, playing arguably the biggest match of his career, had Murray running all over the court as he earned two break points at the start of the second, but after chasing down a poor drop shot he caught the tape with a seemingly easy forehand put-away and the chance was gone.

Deflated, Gil made four errors in a row to hand over another break in game three and Murray then accelerated towards the finishing line, showing off his full repertoire, with one flipped forehand almost parallel to the net a particular highlight.

It was good, I played very well today in tricky conditions. I hit the ball very well for the majority of the match.

He (Nadal) is incredibly difficult to beat on clay but you need to believe you can win.

I plan on winning the match and you need to go in with that attitude. I've always enjoyed playing Rafa - it's going to be a great test.


Murray will play Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals tomorrow afternoon.
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #1 on: April 15, 2011, 06:04 PM »
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Andy's done everything he could have in this tournament. Hopefully he can win a set against Nadal if he is lucky.
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #2 on: April 15, 2011, 06:13 PM »
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Well Done Andy! bounce bounce Great watching the old Andy again, great week so far. Good Luck for tomorrow, will be cheering you on like mad.
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 06:16 PM »
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Mark, he doesn't have to be "lucky" he just has to be calm and confident and play his wonderful game cmon yeah
However, like you I'm so pleased he's got this far. Although I travel hopefull it would be no disgrace to lose against "the king of clay."
 I just want Andy to give him a run for his money and emerge from this tournament believing in himself and up for it Super
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #4 on: April 15, 2011, 06:21 PM »
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Quote from Andy on BBC Sport '"It was good, I played very well today," says Murray. "It was tricky conditions, quite breezy, but I hit the ball very well for the majority of the match and got the tactics spot on today. Nadal's obviously incredibly difficult to beat on clay but you need to believe you can win. I plan on winning the match and you need to go in with that attitude - I've always enjoyed playing Rafa
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #5 on: April 15, 2011, 06:23 PM »
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Well Done Andy! bounce bounce Great watching the old Andy again, great week so far. Good Luck for tomorrow, will be cheering you on like mad.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/13072931.stm A nice little interview with the BBC giving us and Andy hope for the weekend. Haye has worked wonders!!! Whatever the outcome Andy, thanks for great, entertaining tennis this week.

JUST DO IT TOMORROW!!! trophy cmonandy  cmon yeah
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #6 on: April 15, 2011, 06:30 PM »
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Mark, he doesn't have to be "lucky" he just has to be calm and confident and play his wonderful game cmon yeah
However, like you I'm so pleased he's got this far. Although I travel hopefull it would be no disgrace to lose against "the king of clay."
 I just want Andy to give him a run for his money and emerge from this tournament believing in himself and up for it Super

 Good posting!
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #7 on: April 15, 2011, 06:39 PM »
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I am so upset espn is not showing anything from monte carlo,will have to do the streaming thing.
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #8 on: April 15, 2011, 06:44 PM »
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Thanks for the great report Allan, especially the bit of the interview! That was just what we needed to hear! yay Andy Murray, you 'can' do this! Just feel the love tomorrow........C'MOOOOOOOOON! cmon yeah
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #9 on: April 15, 2011, 07:12 PM »
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If there is any glimmer it is probably that it is still very early in the clay season, and the master is not yet into his invincible stride.  It is a game Andy can play with freedom, as even a Federer on top form could be beaten by nadal in straight sets on clay on any given day.

He needs to keep the positivity he has shown and take it forward tomorrow, and into the rest of the clay stretch, so that when his bigger opportunities come on grass he is fit, confident, and match tight again which he has not been the last few months.
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #10 on: April 15, 2011, 07:14 PM »
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These results do my heart good. Smile yes
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #11 on: April 15, 2011, 07:18 PM »
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Seconded! w00t
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #12 on: April 15, 2011, 07:38 PM »
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So glad to see Andy playing well again.  Just what I needed to cheer me up.
You were great today Andy keep it up.  You must remain positive and give everything
you have got and you can beat Nadal. yay yay yay
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #13 on: April 15, 2011, 07:42 PM »
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So glad to see Andy playing well again.  Just what I needed to cheer me up.
You were great today Andy keep it up.  You must remain positive and give everything
you have got and you can beat Nadal. yay yay yay
Second that too!
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Re: Murray through against Gil « Reply #14 on: April 15, 2011, 08:10 PM »
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I have a weird feeling Andy will win tomorrow....the last time I felt like that was when he beat fed for the first time in cincinatti.....

Come on Andy, take him down!
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