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Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « on: Yesterday at 03:16 PM »
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Andy Murray today overcame not only big-serving South African Kevin Anderson but also the version of himself that sometimes mutters and chunters his way to unlikely defeats. The Scot advanced into the semi-finals of the Valencia Open, 6-7 6-4 6-4.


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In a tetchy, 80-minute first set in which Murray posted a first-serve strike-rate of just 42%, the Brit broke in the second game, but surrendered his own delivery in the very next game. Anderson broke again at 3-3, only for Murray to restore parity after a marathon service game.

With the Scot constantly reproaching himself out loud for his lack of tactics and concentration, the first set lurched bad-temperedly towards a tiebreak, which the big South African took 7-4 after a series of loose shots from the world number 10.

Set two was a different story. Murray eventually silenced both his inner and outer voices and corralled his demons. The pair exchanged early breaks once again, but the Brit broke again for 5-4 with low slices to the big man’s feet and some tireless retrieving.

In terms of Murray’s strategy, the decider was almost a carbon copy of the second set. The Scot took a 2-0 lead and held on throughout. Although Anderson saved three match points at 5-4, Murray’s fearsome willpower saw him through to a semi-final spot against either David Ferrer or Thomaz Bellucci.

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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 03:18 PM »
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Never doubt Andy's ability and determination! Mind-blowing.
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 04:47 PM »
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Didn't watch the match haven't watched live all week and didn't want to jinx it today.  Glad he won but am concerned he will have enough left to beat ferrer tomorrow as he won in 2 easy sets.
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 04:56 PM »
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The first set was torture....
The second bearable....
The third pleasurable....
A typical Murray match then Whistle
Go Andy  yahooo
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 05:34 PM »
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Nice report and title.
Ferrer tomorrow, trust Bellucci to let us down..  The boiiing, boiiing, hopping and jumping jack that is David Ferrer.

He doesnt know when to quit, but neither does Andy.  I'm scared of this one, especially with that serve % doh
We are stuffed.
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 05:44 PM »
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Well it might have been a worse Scenario if Murray had lost to Ferrer in Vienna. Three losses on the bounce would have been demoralizing.

But as it's now become a 3 match final with 1 match all, the winner here will get a huge boost for WTF qualification.
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 05:47 PM »
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As well as played this week, Ferrer has come through a lot of very close games.  Andy needs to play the big points well tomorrow and convert 40% of his break points.  Oh, and he needs to serve well!
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 05:53 PM »
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The first set was torture....
The second bearable....
The third pleasurable....
A typical Murray match then Whistle
Go Andy  yahooo

well said!
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 06:09 PM »
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Well done Andy cmon yeah cmon yeah yay yay
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 06:17 PM »
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PM interview; asked about his health: (tennistv.com)

It's been worse...my back is feeling much better than it was before when I played so many matches in a row.

Much better...doesn't sound like it's all over...
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 07:58 PM »
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@flowerpower
It's never going to be 100% IMHO. As they say, once a back problem, always a back problem.
So in the circumstances Andy's doing damn well.
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Re: Murray overcomes Anderson and himself « Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 08:05 PM »
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@flowerpower
It's never going to be 100% IMHO. As they say, once a back problem, always a back problem.
So in the circumstances Andy's doing damn well.
I agree BBH, and so does my tennis fan GP who was amazed he even managed to play RG, not to mention the tournies before it!

The first set was torture....
The second bearable....
The third pleasurable....
A typical Murray match then Whistle
Go Andy  yahooo
Agree with that too!
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