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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #15 on: November 05, 2012, 05:45 PM »
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He especially served well when facing break points.  But what else does he have? Answer, nothing.

Of course Berdych has much more to offer. No one gets a big win over a big player on serve alone and on more than one occasion. It's a misconception and it undermines a player's all other abilities.

I’d say Berdych concentrated on his serve a bit too much today and should have had a better game-plan than that. Players always tend to remember the last meeting and sometimes that can get in the way of a more concise plan. It’s not about revenge but about winning the match. The former will be achieved too once you get the latter.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #16 on: November 05, 2012, 05:55 PM »
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I think he faces the winner of the other tie, someone said on another thread over the w/e and that's certainly what happened 2 years ago.

I should have thought that Andy would have to face the loser of tonight's tie not the winner. That would provide a far greater match-up for the spectators.

Thank goodness Andy won - well done our man!

This victory will put Berdych's nose out of joint as he was convinced that the only reason AM won their semi match at the USO was due to the wind. Berdych assured himself that otherwise he, TB would have beaten Andy.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #17 on: November 05, 2012, 06:03 PM »
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I should have thought that Andy would have to face the loser of tonight's tie not the winner. That would provide a far greater match-up for the spectators.

Thank goodness Andy won - well done our man!

This victory will put Berdych's nose out of joint as he was convinced that the only reason AM won their semi match at the USO was due to the wind. Berdych assured himself that otherwise he, TB would have beaten Andy.

Not too much wind in the O2.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #18 on: November 05, 2012, 06:16 PM »
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what a pleasure to watch Andy's victory to day !!
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #19 on: November 05, 2012, 06:28 PM »
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Not too much wind in the O2.

No a bit of hot air though.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #20 on: November 05, 2012, 06:29 PM »
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Loved the match report, having read the whole thing now Nigel though perhaps didn't give birdy enough credit for saving all those break points. On reflection it strikes me as a good sign that when playing far from his best Andy beat a player who has caused him so many problems in the past.  I think up until this year Andy would have lost this match.
According to Marcus Buckland Andy does play tonight's winner.  I agree I don't see the logic of that. In particular should Nole win tonight, wouldn't it be better to save the big rivalry match till last day of group A's round?
Oh and I agree that the crowd was disappointingly subdued.  The comms were saying Andy needed to involve them more but jesus if I was there I wouldn't need Andy to involve me.  I'd be involved from the moment he walked on court.  You don't think it's been infiltrated by fed fans do you?  Or sedate wimbledon types?  shocking
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #21 on: November 05, 2012, 06:31 PM »
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Well done Andy. A real joy to watch you coming through against Berdy and his cap-didn't he realise it was an indoor match?
Someone posted after the first set that Andy's game had gone to **** since he won the AO.....what is he or she saying now?
Still worried about Andy's back as someone said in a recent article that he was seeing a specialist after this tournament and we did notice the stretching a couple of times. Can't wait for the next match on Wednesday.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #22 on: November 05, 2012, 06:33 PM »
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Yes it was Kevin Mitchell who said that.  But we know there's an underlying problem so I'm glad he'll be seeing a specialist asap after 02.  It could have explained the poor serving but as he says his back tends to improve as he plays it could also explain why the serving improved as the match went on.
Re cap madabout:  to be fair [as if I want to be fair to birdy] players including Andy do sometimes wear a cap indoors because the lights can dazzle their eyes.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #23 on: November 05, 2012, 06:38 PM »
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I should have thought that Andy would have to face the loser of tonight's tie not the winner. That would provide a far greater match-up for the spectators.

Thank goodness Andy won - well done our man!

This victory will put Berdych's nose out of joint as he was convinced that the only reason AM won their semi match at the USO was due to the wind. Berdych assured himself that otherwise he, TB would have beaten Andy.

He'll play the winner, it keeps the group alive until the final match.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #24 on: November 05, 2012, 06:39 PM »
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ah I wondered what the logic of it was
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #25 on: November 05, 2012, 07:12 PM »
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If Andy gets through, would also much rather he plays Djokovic now than potentially Djokovic-Federer-Djokovic in succession.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #26 on: November 05, 2012, 07:56 PM »
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I was VERY disappointed with the crowds reaction when Andy came out on court... 

When I heard that ticket sales had took off after his US Open win, I was expecting a much more rapturous greeting for him.  Mind you, there were still plenty of empty seats and that was disappointing too.
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #27 on: November 05, 2012, 09:29 PM »
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Phew! So glad he's got that one under his belt. Big Bird is a very tricky customer with astonishingly powerful serve and ground strokes. Also, Andy couldn't convert those break points in the first set because, at that point,  Berd was able to produce some unreturnable serves. Get real some people  Rolling Eyes
Andy looked tight serving out the match- that double, yikes nervous
Hope he can now loosen up, relax and play some more of that second and third set tennis. thumb up
Let's Go Andy. Let's Go yay yay yay
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #28 on: November 05, 2012, 10:16 PM »
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congrats to andy - he really fought through today.

forgive me, but what's "touchpaper"?
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Re: Murray's touchpaper finally lights up O2 « Reply #29 on: November 05, 2012, 10:57 PM »
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I'm delighted Andy came through. Sure, he didn't play his best to start, but once he broke in the second he was much, much better.

I think a nervous start at such a big event is acceptable. I think it shows that Andy isn't arrogant and won't take anything for granted. Also, the match up with Berdych has always been tough. The key, I think, is that Andy stayed focused today, even when down, and worked to get the win, which was convincing when it came. It seemed to me that once Andy got the break in the second set he took control and didn't look back.

I think this one was a good win in all sorts of ways. Andy has now leveled the head to head with Berdych. I am sure that it is his third win over Berdych this year too, having beaten him in Dubai, the USO and now today. Berdych can have the win on the clay for now.

I think Andy has shown again today that he can hold it together mentally when he is behind. He recovered so well today when he made mistakes. I think that is significant.

Having got that one over with will surely help. It's not going to be easy, but who wants that? Andy looks all right to me so far.

The crowd are pathetic. I mean, for God's sake! OLYMPIC CHAMPION, US OPEN CHAMPION, and he's ours!!!!! If Smugfed's every move is roared at I will personally spit blood!
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