Murray wasn't nervous at all, couldn't disagree more with the nonsense in the headline, in fact it was a performance which more than anything exemplified his total absence of nerves. Outstanding really because make no mistake, Ferrer played fantastically well, better than he ever has against Andy before, even when he beat him. He is really making much fewer mistakes, and while he lacks Andy's resolve and belief at the big moments, he impressed me no end. A much improved player who is destined alas to achieve little of note, an indication in itself of the quality at the top.
Tsonga is ideal for Andy, because although he moves well, it is nothing like the road runner. He has handled his serve well in the end. Could easily be 4 sets again, but Andy in the final is all that matters.
Nailed on to be the second match on friday I am sure. Can't wait really. Let's talk about the final when it comes, can't wait to savour the moment when he makes his first wimby final, its a journey I have been with him on ever since he started playing. I remember the days when he was playing in challengers at aptos and binghampton and so on, at tournaments where the press areas had no internet, and it sometimes took quite a while to find out what had happened, never mind live scores. We have been with him on other slam finals, winter mornings up early in Australia and tense late monday night in New York, but sunday would be so different and special for all of us.
Andy is one of the most underrated role-models we have in British sport, a true athlete and sportsman, dedicated to his family and his girlfriend, who works incredibly hard, is respectful of opponents, who doesn't offer any airs or graces, any pretence, just a down to earth and incredibly hard working and committed young man. Always proud of him and to be a fan. Just hope this can be his year, but certainly the final is something he just has to take. He will overcome Tsonga.
I agree with everything you say, however Andy looked a tad nervous in the opening games. He usually says he is nervous at the start of a big match match. After all, there was a lot at stake, Ferrer has beaten him recently and he knew he could do it again.
I have often wondered why he cannot overcome his nerves, and let loose from the first ballstrike.
He must experience something like actors do, kind of stage fright before a performance.
I am filled with admiration for this young guy.