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Posted on: January 21, 2012, 06:59 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Quote from: Aileen link=topic=20212.msg693929#msg693929  You weren't the only guilty party - Ruthie did it as well. naughty  Smile

 
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Yes I've already been reprimanded in a PM Aileen so am trying to change my ways.  Just hadn't thought how long it was but also when in a rush it's just the quickest thing to do.  But now my knuckles have been multi-rapped I will try harder in future.   Rolling Eyes

And having tried with yours messed the whole thing up  doh
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 11:10 AM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Aileen all Andy fans are young in heart  hearts
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 10:29 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Aileen on most other sites you can't use quotes, very sophisticated here....Wink so you just say eg  @ Aileen 11.43. Works perfectly Smile 
Thanks BBH.  Obviously still a bit behind the times ... old  Very Happy
Posted on: January 21, 2012, 06:39 AM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Aileen on most other sites you can't use quotes, very sophisticated here....Wink so you just say eg  @ Aileen 11.43. Works perfectly Smile 
Posted on: January 20, 2012, 11:43 PM
Posted by: Aileen
Can we not just reference the article rather than reproducing it each time?
I agree BBH and I wish people would do it on other threads as well.  Constantly reproducing long articles takes up an unnecessary amount of space.

I guess so, I just thought that with someone as rated as Harrison that Andy would already know his game inside out with so much footage available etc..and apologies blueberryhill, i did highlight a couple of lines of the article but must have messed up somewhere (not for the first time hehe..)
You weren't the only guilty party - Ruthie did it as well. naughty  Smile

Andy did say in a pre-match interview that he'd often watched Harrison play, so perhaps there shouldn't have been any surprises, but I think Robbie might have a point especially as Andy, as he admitted himself, was feeling nervous in the first set so therefore wasn't as sharp as he might otherwise have been.

Posted on: January 20, 2012, 08:29 PM
Posted by: mcenroeforever
  Dont think it,s quite  as simple as that....cant quite judge all the intricases of his game until your actually playing him for the first time
I guess so, I just thought that with someone as rated as Harrison that Andy would already know his game inside out with so much footage available etc..and apologies blueberryhill, i did highlight a couple of lines of the article but must have messed up somewhere (not for the first time hehe..)
Posted on: January 20, 2012, 08:05 PM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Can we not just reference the article rather than reproducing it each time?
Posted on: January 20, 2012, 07:56 PM
Posted by: robbie
  
The other thing that caught my eye is that he seemed to be weighing up Harrison's game as it went along, I'd have thought Andy would have known his game inside out (weaknesses etc) before playing him through scouting and video footage etc.  
Dont think it,s quite  as simple as that....cant quite judge all the intricases of his game until your actually playing him for the first time
Posted on: January 20, 2012, 07:48 PM
Posted by: mcenroeforever
Q: Solid performance.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. Was that a question (smiling)?
Q: How solid a performance was that?
ANDY MURRAY: Oh, it was better. I served well today. Obviously got off to a better start here. He struggled at the beginning, and I was making a lot of balls. He made quite a few mistakes. Then I thought towards the end of the second set, beginning of the third especially, he started playing much better. He was taking the ball early, trying to come to the net, made it difficult. But I served well and didn't give him any chances, so was happy.
Q: Do you believe you were hitting the ball a bit harder today?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, normally once you get used to the conditions, you're going to feel a bit better. The other day as well. It was just very, very lively. Maybe wasn't hitting the ball as well as I would have liked. I was sort of worried about hitting the ball long tonight. It was much different conditions. It was obviously cooler. When the shadow or the shade comes across the court, it plays much slower. It's much easier to play on. I was playing closer to the baseline from the beginning of the match, as well, which is good.
Q: I think you hit 41 winners today, which sounds like quite a high number. Is that down to the quality of your opponent or of your play?
ANDY MURRAY: I hit the ball better. I hit the ball better tonight. Probably eight or nine of them were volleys up at the net. Won quite a few points coming forward knocking volleys off. Yeah, like I said, because I served well, I set the point up with my first serve pretty well. Got quite a few short replies off of that. Served a few aces, too. That was probably why I hit more winners. The unforced errors were down. Often the guy who hits pretty much 90%, 95% of the time, the guy who hits the least unforced errors wins the match. That's important as well.
Q: Are you going to look forward to the different sort of challenge that Michael is going to give you? He's got one way of playing, and he'll keep playing that way up at the net.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he's very good at it as well. He's been a great doubles player, been very good at singles for a long time. He's got a lot of experience. He makes it difficult because of the way he plays. You don't see guys playing like that much nowadays. When you do play against them, it normally takes a little while to adjust. It's going to be tough. But I've always enjoyed playing guys that come forward in the past. Hopefully I can play a good match against him.
Q: A lot of players, especially the younger players, talk about playing aggressive. Do you buy into that, or would you say playing smart is equally as important?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I think you want to be able to play the match on your terms. There's more than one way of doing that. It's not like just going out and hitting the ball as hard as you can, trying to play more aggressive. For me, playing closer to the baseline is a good sign of that. Normally you're getting a little bit more on your ball. Because of that, you're taking time away from your opponent. If you stand one or two meters further behind the baseline, you're giving them a lot more time on the ball. I think, you know, someone like Tomic, people might think he doesn't hit the ball that hard and whatnot, but he dictates how the match gets played because of the variety that he uses. That's something that I try to do, as well. Play the match at the pace you want to play at. Yeah, there's more than one way of playing aggressive. Someone like Llodra, he comes forward obviously all the time, which people might say that's a very aggressive style of play. But, yeah, you can be aggressive from the back of the court obviously like Rafa. There's many different ways of playing. It just has to be within your game style. And, yeah, mine's by using a lot of variety. I feel like when I play closer to the baseline, that's when I have my best results.
Q: Are you seeing a lot of patterns where you know the guy you're playing, and are you being more reactive, or are you seeing four or five moves ahead?
ANDY MURRAY: Once the rally starts, normally by the shots that you play, you kind of know where the ball's going to come back. So when I played against Harrison, at the start of the match, I hadn't played him before, I wasn't seeing the ball well, started playing a few games. After playing the first set I started understanding the patterns of play he didn't like and kept doing them over and over again. Yeah, once you can understand a player's patterns, you can anticipate the balls much better, see the shots they're going to hit a lot earlier.
Q: When you win the first set as powerfully as you did today, he picked up his game. Do you start to explore some shots as you go through the next two sets?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, once you get ahead in the set, I mean, you can try a few things when you're returning serve if you want to. Just because you won the first set, you're a long, long way from the finish line. Once I got up a break in the second set, you know, would have liked to have tried a few different things. But he started playing much more aggressive, playing much better. So I had to just play solid the whole way throughout. But sometimes you can if things are all going your way. But, yeah, I mean, match court is not the best place for an experiment. Do that on the practice court.
Q: You like to express yourself, get a little bit angry. The concept of smashing four racquets in 20 seconds is an alternative to just shouting at the ball?
ANDY MURRAY: I saw that yesterday with Baghdatis. Yeah, I mean, everybody's different. You just have to let guys kind of do what is natural to them, I guess. I mean, someone like McEnroe, I saw some clips of him yesterday, I think he was playing Anders Jarryd maybe, I think the match was in Sweden, he's like smashing bottles like into the stand and stuff. Then people say, you know, Baghdatis smashed a couple of racquets and it's a huge thing. I mean, before the guys were way worse behaved and said way, way worse things to the umpires. I think it's pretty mild compared with what happened. Also he ended up winning that set as well. So sometimes it can help. I guess the more you keep your emotions in check, the better. That's what I've done well so far this week.
Q: Would you like to go back to those days?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. I mean, I think if they had the rules that they have in place now, it would be interesting to see what would happen to some of the older players with the things that they did, to see the fines they would be racking up. Yeah, I mean, they'd be getting defaults left, right, and center. I think beforehand they were much, much more lenient. I would like to see someone try the things that McEnroe would have now to see what would happen to them.
Q: If you take away the rules, go back to the old rules...
ANDY MURRAY: Would I like that?
Q: Yes.
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. I don't know.
Q: Everybody expresses themselves.
ANDY MURRAY: To be honest, I mean, for you guys it would probably be more interesting. I think tennis nowadays, because of the level of it, you don't really need all the other stuff. But I'm sure it would make for a few better headlines if everybody went back to what they were like a few years ago.
Q: Spectators might like it as well.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, you could say that. But if I swear on the court, I get asked about a hundred questions about it. Before guys were swearing at umpires, swearing at ball kids, people in the stands and stuff. I've taken my fair share of stick for saying stuff on the court that was very, very mild compared with what the guys used to before. I'm happy with the way it is just now.
Q: The taunting and teasing in the old days, you talked about how Mohammed Ali did that with Fraizer. I take it you might enjoy someone to spar with?
ANDY MURRAY: We do a lot away obviously from the press room. You know, the guys you work with, we all have a laugh and a joke, wind each other up, tease each other. That's one of the things I do like about boxing, because it does make the matches more interesting, or the fights more interesting. But the problem is, you know, if I was to say something about Roger or Rafa in here, I have to sit next to them in the locker room the next day. It's better just to be sort of respectful, say all the right things.
Q: If you had a chance, would you watch Mayweather and Pacquiera? Who would you like to see win that one?
ANDY MURRAY: I've never been to see a fight in the States. I'd like to try. I think Mayweather would win, and I'd like him to win because he's my favorite to watch. But I don't think it's going to happen.
Q: Did you lament the demise of the tackle in football?
ANDY MURRAY: The demise of the tackle?
Q: They don't tackle anymore.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, I like watching a good tackle. I mean, I like Arsenal. Obviously a couple of the guys had their legs broken, as well. You obviously want to see guys going in for challenges properly. I've listened to what a lot of the managers have said. A lot of the managers have said that guys don't learn how to tackle properly these days. I'd like there to be more tackling so long as it's done properly.
Q: Outside of your own rivalries, what match would you turn on TV between any two guys?
ANDY MURRAY: Monfils, 100%. Before, it's Santoro. I'd always watch him. I like watching Tomic. I wouldn't mind watching Monfils/Tomic. Monfils, just because of his athleticism, I think he's an unbelievable athlete. Always enjoy watching him. And Tomic has just got a funky game, so different to everyone nowadays. It's fun to watch.
Q: Are you going to watch that funky Dolgopolov/Tomic match?
ANDY MURRAY: There will be some junk in that match for sure. I'll watch a bit of that, for sure, yeah.
Thanks for posting this, great to hear Andy talking like a tennis fan about other players, interesting he talks Monfils up so much when there is a strong chance they will meet in the next round and they of course have a rivalry stretching back to the juniors (Monfils was amazing against Rafa in Doha, much more aggressive than he normally is, what a match that will be in the last 16 if it comes to pass). The other thing that caught my eye is that he seemed to be weighing up Harrison's game as it went along, I'd have thought Andy would have known his game inside out (weaknesses etc) before playing him through scouting and video footage etc.  So impressed by Andy in the last round, if he serves like that throughout the AO no one will be able to stop him.
Posted on: January 20, 2012, 12:00 AM
Posted by: Aileen
What a fascinating interview.  Thanks johnk. Smile

I can only add one thing to what has already been said about interview, with all of which I totally agree, and that is Andy mentioning the behaviour of some of the older players.  When I look back at the likes of Nastase, Connors and McEnroe, what Andy said is true - they would never have got away with their more outrageous antics today, which, in my opinion anyway, far from enhancing the game, actually took away from it, reducing it at times to the level of farce.  No, I certainly would not like to see a return to that era.

  
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 08:16 PM
Posted by: robbie
^^^I take it you don't do any editing in your job?
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 08:10 PM
Posted by: Apollo
Wow, great interview!!  He is very smart about other players, it's obvious he does his homework.  I too enjoy watching Monfils.  Santoro also was one of my favorites.  I remember being at the Cincinatti Master Series and Sampras had lost, so for the rest of the week I and my friends would sit in the stands and yell Allez Allez Fabrice....was great fun.
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 08:09 PM
Posted by: lashurst
What I like best about Andy, apart from his tennis is his interest for and knowledge of other sports, like football and boxing to mention just two.

He has a great appreciation of other sportsmen and what qualities it takes to succeed. Just see how he praises past champions like Ali and admires them.
He is quite analytical and draws parallels with his chosen sport.
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 07:17 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Q: Solid performance.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. Was that a question (smiling)?
Q: How solid a performance was that?
ANDY MURRAY: Oh, it was better. I served well today. Obviously got off to a better start here. He struggled at the beginning, and I was making a lot of balls. He made quite a few mistakes. Then I thought towards the end of the second set, beginning of the third especially, he started playing much better. He was taking the ball early, trying to come to the net, made it difficult. But I served well and didn't give him any chances, so was happy.
Q: Do you believe you were hitting the ball a bit harder today?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, normally once you get used to the conditions, you're going to feel a bit better. The other day as well. It was just very, very lively. Maybe wasn't hitting the ball as well as I would have liked. I was sort of worried about hitting the ball long tonight. It was much different conditions. It was obviously cooler. When the shadow or the shade comes across the court, it plays much slower. It's much easier to play on. I was playing closer to the baseline from the beginning of the match, as well, which is good.
Q: I think you hit 41 winners today, which sounds like quite a high number. Is that down to the quality of your opponent or of your play?
ANDY MURRAY: I hit the ball better. I hit the ball better tonight. Probably eight or nine of them were volleys up at the net. Won quite a few points coming forward knocking volleys off. Yeah, like I said, because I served well, I set the point up with my first serve pretty well. Got quite a few short replies off of that. Served a few aces, too. That was probably why I hit more winners. The unforced errors were down. Often the guy who hits pretty much 90%, 95% of the time, the guy who hits the least unforced errors wins the match. That's important as well.
Q: Are you going to look forward to the different sort of challenge that Michael is going to give you? He's got one way of playing, and he'll keep playing that way up at the net.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he's very good at it as well. He's been a great doubles player, been very good at singles for a long time. He's got a lot of experience. He makes it difficult because of the way he plays. You don't see guys playing like that much nowadays. When you do play against them, it normally takes a little while to adjust. It's going to be tough. But I've always enjoyed playing guys that come forward in the past. Hopefully I can play a good match against him.
Q: A lot of players, especially the younger players, talk about playing aggressive. Do you buy into that, or would you say playing smart is equally as important?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I think you want to be able to play the match on your terms. There's more than one way of doing that. It's not like just going out and hitting the ball as hard as you can, trying to play more aggressive. For me, playing closer to the baseline is a good sign of that. Normally you're getting a little bit more on your ball. Because of that, you're taking time away from your opponent. If you stand one or two meters further behind the baseline, you're giving them a lot more time on the ball. I think, you know, someone like Tomic, people might think he doesn't hit the ball that hard and whatnot, but he dictates how the match gets played because of the variety that he uses. That's something that I try to do, as well. Play the match at the pace you want to play at. Yeah, there's more than one way of playing aggressive. Someone like Llodra, he comes forward obviously all the time, which people might say that's a very aggressive style of play. But, yeah, you can be aggressive from the back of the court obviously like Rafa. There's many different ways of playing. It just has to be within your game style. And, yeah, mine's by using a lot of variety. I feel like when I play closer to the baseline, that's when I have my best results.
Q: Are you seeing a lot of patterns where you know the guy you're playing, and are you being more reactive, or are you seeing four or five moves ahead?
ANDY MURRAY: Once the rally starts, normally by the shots that you play, you kind of know where the ball's going to come back. So when I played against Harrison, at the start of the match, I hadn't played him before, I wasn't seeing the ball well, started playing a few games. After playing the first set I started understanding the patterns of play he didn't like and kept doing them over and over again. Yeah, once you can understand a player's patterns, you can anticipate the balls much better, see the shots they're going to hit a lot earlier.
Q: When you win the first set as powerfully as you did today, he picked up his game. Do you start to explore some shots as you go through the next two sets?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, once you get ahead in the set, I mean, you can try a few things when you're returning serve if you want to. Just because you won the first set, you're a long, long way from the finish line. Once I got up a break in the second set, you know, would have liked to have tried a few different things. But he started playing much more aggressive, playing much better. So I had to just play solid the whole way throughout. But sometimes you can if things are all going your way. But, yeah, I mean, match court is not the best place for an experiment. Do that on the practice court.
Q: You like to express yourself, get a little bit angry. The concept of smashing four racquets in 20 seconds is an alternative to just shouting at the ball?
ANDY MURRAY: I saw that yesterday with Baghdatis. Yeah, I mean, everybody's different. You just have to let guys kind of do what is natural to them, I guess. I mean, someone like McEnroe, I saw some clips of him yesterday, I think he was playing Anders Jarryd maybe, I think the match was in Sweden, he's like smashing bottles like into the stand and stuff. Then people say, you know, Baghdatis smashed a couple of racquets and it's a huge thing. I mean, before the guys were way worse behaved and said way, way worse things to the umpires. I think it's pretty mild compared with what happened. Also he ended up winning that set as well. So sometimes it can help. I guess the more you keep your emotions in check, the better. That's what I've done well so far this week.
Q: Would you like to go back to those days?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. I mean, I think if they had the rules that they have in place now, it would be interesting to see what would happen to some of the older players with the things that they did, to see the fines they would be racking up. Yeah, I mean, they'd be getting defaults left, right, and center. I think beforehand they were much, much more lenient. I would like to see someone try the things that McEnroe would have now to see what would happen to them.
Q: If you take away the rules, go back to the old rules...
ANDY MURRAY: Would I like that?
Q: Yes.
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. I don't know.
Q: Everybody expresses themselves.
ANDY MURRAY: To be honest, I mean, for you guys it would probably be more interesting. I think tennis nowadays, because of the level of it, you don't really need all the other stuff. But I'm sure it would make for a few better headlines if everybody went back to what they were like a few years ago.
Q: Spectators might like it as well.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, you could say that. But if I swear on the court, I get asked about a hundred questions about it. Before guys were swearing at umpires, swearing at ball kids, people in the stands and stuff. I've taken my fair share of stick for saying stuff on the court that was very, very mild compared with what the guys used to before. I'm happy with the way it is just now.
Q: The taunting and teasing in the old days, you talked about how Mohammed Ali did that with Fraizer. I take it you might enjoy someone to spar with?
ANDY MURRAY: We do a lot away obviously from the press room. You know, the guys you work with, we all have a laugh and a joke, wind each other up, tease each other. That's one of the things I do like about boxing, because it does make the matches more interesting, or the fights more interesting. But the problem is, you know, if I was to say something about Roger or Rafa in here, I have to sit next to them in the locker room the next day. It's better just to be sort of respectful, say all the right things.
Q: If you had a chance, would you watch Mayweather and Pacquiera? Who would you like to see win that one?
ANDY MURRAY: I've never been to see a fight in the States. I'd like to try. I think Mayweather would win, and I'd like him to win because he's my favorite to watch. But I don't think it's going to happen.
Q: Did you lament the demise of the tackle in football?
ANDY MURRAY: The demise of the tackle?
Q: They don't tackle anymore.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, I like watching a good tackle. I mean, I like Arsenal. Obviously a couple of the guys had their legs broken, as well. You obviously want to see guys going in for challenges properly. I've listened to what a lot of the managers have said. A lot of the managers have said that guys don't learn how to tackle properly these days. I'd like there to be more tackling so long as it's done properly.
Q: Outside of your own rivalries, what match would you turn on TV between any two guys?
ANDY MURRAY: Monfils, 100%. Before, it's Santoro. I'd always watch him. I like watching Tomic. I wouldn't mind watching Monfils/Tomic. Monfils, just because of his athleticism, I think he's an unbelievable athlete. Always enjoy watching him. And Tomic has just got a funky game, so different to everyone nowadays. It's fun to watch.
Q: Are you going to watch that funky Dolgopolov/Tomic match?
ANDY MURRAY: There will be some junk in that match for sure. I'll watch a bit of that, for sure, yeah.
Thanks johnk - what an unusually interesting post-match interview.  I love watching Santoro too - I think Andy is his heir - Mr Magic the heir to the magician.
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 07:16 PM
Posted by: blueberryhill
How interesting to learn how Andy, the surgeon as Cahill called him, dissects his opponents. Splendid tennis brain!
Gr8 read thanx. Smile
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 04:49 PM
Posted by: backhandslice
Q: Solid performance.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. Was that a question (smiling)?
Q: How solid a performance was that?
ANDY MURRAY: Oh, it was better. I served well today. Obviously got off to a better start here. He struggled at the beginning, and I was making a lot of balls. He made quite a few mistakes. Then I thought towards the end of the second set, beginning of the third especially, he started playing much better. He was taking the ball early, trying to come to the net, made it difficult. But I served well and didn't give him any chances, so was happy.
Q: Do you believe you were hitting the ball a bit harder today?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, normally once you get used to the conditions, you're going to feel a bit better. The other day as well. It was just very, very lively. Maybe wasn't hitting the ball as well as I would have liked. I was sort of worried about hitting the ball long tonight. It was much different conditions. It was obviously cooler. When the shadow or the shade comes across the court, it plays much slower. It's much easier to play on. I was playing closer to the baseline from the beginning of the match, as well, which is good.
Q: I think you hit 41 winners today, which sounds like quite a high number. Is that down to the quality of your opponent or of your play?
ANDY MURRAY: I hit the ball better. I hit the ball better tonight. Probably eight or nine of them were volleys up at the net. Won quite a few points coming forward knocking volleys off. Yeah, like I said, because I served well, I set the point up with my first serve pretty well. Got quite a few short replies off of that. Served a few aces, too. That was probably why I hit more winners. The unforced errors were down. Often the guy who hits pretty much 90%, 95% of the time, the guy who hits the least unforced errors wins the match. That's important as well.
Q: Are you going to look forward to the different sort of challenge that Michael is going to give you? He's got one way of playing, and he'll keep playing that way up at the net.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he's very good at it as well. He's been a great doubles player, been very good at singles for a long time. He's got a lot of experience. He makes it difficult because of the way he plays. You don't see guys playing like that much nowadays. When you do play against them, it normally takes a little while to adjust. It's going to be tough. But I've always enjoyed playing guys that come forward in the past. Hopefully I can play a good match against him.
Q: A lot of players, especially the younger players, talk about playing aggressive. Do you buy into that, or would you say playing smart is equally as important?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I think you want to be able to play the match on your terms. There's more than one way of doing that. It's not like just going out and hitting the ball as hard as you can, trying to play more aggressive. For me, playing closer to the baseline is a good sign of that. Normally you're getting a little bit more on your ball. Because of that, you're taking time away from your opponent. If you stand one or two meters further behind the baseline, you're giving them a lot more time on the ball. I think, you know, someone like Tomic, people might think he doesn't hit the ball that hard and whatnot, but he dictates how the match gets played because of the variety that he uses. That's something that I try to do, as well. Play the match at the pace you want to play at. Yeah, there's more than one way of playing aggressive. Someone like Llodra, he comes forward obviously all the time, which people might say that's a very aggressive style of play. But, yeah, you can be aggressive from the back of the court obviously like Rafa. There's many different ways of playing. It just has to be within your game style. And, yeah, mine's by using a lot of variety. I feel like when I play closer to the baseline, that's when I have my best results.
Q: Are you seeing a lot of patterns where you know the guy you're playing, and are you being more reactive, or are you seeing four or five moves ahead?
ANDY MURRAY: Once the rally starts, normally by the shots that you play, you kind of know where the ball's going to come back. So when I played against Harrison, at the start of the match, I hadn't played him before, I wasn't seeing the ball well, started playing a few games. After playing the first set I started understanding the patterns of play he didn't like and kept doing them over and over again. Yeah, once you can understand a player's patterns, you can anticipate the balls much better, see the shots they're going to hit a lot earlier.
Q: When you win the first set as powerfully as you did today, he picked up his game. Do you start to explore some shots as you go through the next two sets?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, once you get ahead in the set, I mean, you can try a few things when you're returning serve if you want to. Just because you won the first set, you're a long, long way from the finish line. Once I got up a break in the second set, you know, would have liked to have tried a few different things. But he started playing much more aggressive, playing much better. So I had to just play solid the whole way throughout. But sometimes you can if things are all going your way. But, yeah, I mean, match court is not the best place for an experiment. Do that on the practice court.
Q: You like to express yourself, get a little bit angry. The concept of smashing four racquets in 20 seconds is an alternative to just shouting at the ball?
ANDY MURRAY: I saw that yesterday with Baghdatis. Yeah, I mean, everybody's different. You just have to let guys kind of do what is natural to them, I guess. I mean, someone like McEnroe, I saw some clips of him yesterday, I think he was playing Anders Jarryd maybe, I think the match was in Sweden, he's like smashing bottles like into the stand and stuff. Then people say, you know, Baghdatis smashed a couple of racquets and it's a huge thing. I mean, before the guys were way worse behaved and said way, way worse things to the umpires. I think it's pretty mild compared with what happened. Also he ended up winning that set as well. So sometimes it can help. I guess the more you keep your emotions in check, the better. That's what I've done well so far this week.
Q: Would you like to go back to those days?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. I mean, I think if they had the rules that they have in place now, it would be interesting to see what would happen to some of the older players with the things that they did, to see the fines they would be racking up. Yeah, I mean, they'd be getting defaults left, right, and center. I think beforehand they were much, much more lenient. I would like to see someone try the things that McEnroe would have now to see what would happen to them.
Q: If you take away the rules, go back to the old rules...
ANDY MURRAY: Would I like that?
Q: Yes.
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. I don't know.
Q: Everybody expresses themselves.
ANDY MURRAY: To be honest, I mean, for you guys it would probably be more interesting. I think tennis nowadays, because of the level of it, you don't really need all the other stuff. But I'm sure it would make for a few better headlines if everybody went back to what they were like a few years ago.
Q: Spectators might like it as well.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, you could say that. But if I swear on the court, I get asked about a hundred questions about it. Before guys were swearing at umpires, swearing at ball kids, people in the stands and stuff. I've taken my fair share of stick for saying stuff on the court that was very, very mild compared with what the guys used to before. I'm happy with the way it is just now.
Q: The taunting and teasing in the old days, you talked about how Mohammed Ali did that with Fraizer. I take it you might enjoy someone to spar with?
ANDY MURRAY: We do a lot away obviously from the press room. You know, the guys you work with, we all have a laugh and a joke, wind each other up, tease each other. That's one of the things I do like about boxing, because it does make the matches more interesting, or the fights more interesting. But the problem is, you know, if I was to say something about Roger or Rafa in here, I have to sit next to them in the locker room the next day. It's better just to be sort of respectful, say all the right things.
Q: If you had a chance, would you watch Mayweather and Pacquiera? Who would you like to see win that one?
ANDY MURRAY: I've never been to see a fight in the States. I'd like to try. I think Mayweather would win, and I'd like him to win because he's my favorite to watch. But I don't think it's going to happen.
Q: Did you lament the demise of the tackle in football?
ANDY MURRAY: The demise of the tackle?
Q: They don't tackle anymore.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I mean, I like watching a good tackle. I mean, I like Arsenal. Obviously a couple of the guys had their legs broken, as well. You obviously want to see guys going in for challenges properly. I've listened to what a lot of the managers have said. A lot of the managers have said that guys don't learn how to tackle properly these days. I'd like there to be more tackling so long as it's done properly.
Q: Outside of your own rivalries, what match would you turn on TV between any two guys?
ANDY MURRAY: Monfils, 100%. Before, it's Santoro. I'd always watch him. I like watching Tomic. I wouldn't mind watching Monfils/Tomic. Monfils, just because of his athleticism, I think he's an unbelievable athlete. Always enjoy watching him. And Tomic has just got a funky game, so different to everyone nowadays. It's fun to watch.
Q: Are you going to watch that funky Dolgopolov/Tomic match?
ANDY MURRAY: There will be some junk in that match for sure. I'll watch a bit of that, for sure, yeah.
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 04:36 PM
Posted by: backhandslice
Interview included Smile enjoy Smile the last game as well
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 04:27 PM
Posted by: deb
Loved the headline and report Nigel.  Well done Andy, looking forward to Saturday.
Me too.  cmonandy
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 03:17 PM
Posted by: MT
Love the write up Nigel. And good to see Andy winning with ease - he needed to conserve energy after tuesday.  At one point well into the match the comms suggested Andy hadn't even broken sweat yet.  But those pesky eurosport comms do irritate me - they're like head prefects monitoring young Murray's behaviour every second on the look out for the slightest scowl or mutter. And all in such a patronising tone hammer
But even they had to admit how well Andy played  yay
I think the anchormen do not have much expert knowledge of tennis  and struggle for things to say sometimes and instead of doing the hard thing which would be to explore how Lendl can technically help him they are just preparing an easy headline which is that Lendl stops Andy losing his temper. I hope that if Andy is successful in Oz the first thing Lendl says is that it was down to Andy.
Posted on: January 19, 2012, 02:33 PM
Posted by: Iris
Loved the headline and report Nigel.  Well done Andy, looking forward to Saturday.