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Re: Murray outclassed by Fognini in Cup defeat « Reply #45 on: April 08, 2014, 08:53 AM »
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Oh yeah don't get me wrong, i think we did brilliant - i mean we have James Ward to thank for his win against the USA and we are staying in the World group which is great Smile

Hopefully next year we get some luck and play a tie at home, and a nice draw for a change, Italy on clay was always going to be tricky.

I think this is the point when we talk about having another player to back Andy up. We've done very well to get where we are with what we've got. James Ward played out of his skin to beat Querrey. Even if you accept that Querrey getting the jitters helped, James still had to dig himself out of a mighty hole and he did. Italy on clay was always going to be tough and it wouldn't have got easier beyond that.

Personally I think the way to look at it is that we got further than Spain and Serbia this year. They both lost out because they didn't have their top players available. We're also still in the World Group next year. That's a far cry from where we were when Leon Smith became captain.
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Re: Murray outclassed by Fognini in Cup defeat « Reply #46 on: April 08, 2014, 04:14 PM »
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I think this is the point when we talk about having another player to back Andy up. We've done very well to get where we are with what we've got. James Ward played out of his skin to beat Querrey. Even if you accept that Querrey getting the jitters helped, James still had to dig himself out of a mighty hole and he did. Italy on clay was always going to be tough and it wouldn't have got easier beyond that.

Personally I think the way to look at it is that we got further than Spain and Serbia this year. They both lost out because they didn't have their top players available. We're also still in the World Group next year. That's a far cry from where we were when Leon Smith became captain.
The irony is that right up to the last minute here there was doubt about Fognini's participation due to injury to his left quad which he picked up in Miami.  I didn't see his match against Ward but I understand that he was a completely different player on Sunday, which no doubt explains why Ward was able to take a set off him.
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Re: Murray outclassed by Fognini in Cup defeat « Reply #47 on: April 08, 2014, 05:15 PM »
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Yes Aileen, but Ward was a different player too!
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Re: Murray outclassed by Fognini in Cup defeat « Reply #48 on: April 08, 2014, 09:49 PM »
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Yes Aileen, but Ward was a different player too!
So he didn't behave like a cardboard cut-out then?  Maybe he just let the pressure get to him when he played Seppi, which was a shame because I did think he might have a chance of beating him.
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Re: Murray outclassed by Fognini in Cup defeat « Reply #49 on: April 08, 2014, 10:44 PM »
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So he didn't behave like a cardboard cut-out then?  Maybe he just let the pressure get to him when he played Seppi, which was a shame because I did think he might have a chance of beating him.
No.......he was a different player against Foggy! He was really 'up for it', maybe because he saw it as 'his match'! He wouldn't have expected to have to play Seppi, but that's no excuse. He should have been prepared anyway! I reckon he'd have beaten Seppi on Friday.....but that's just my opinion!  Whistle
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Re: Murray outclassed by Fognini in Cup defeat « Reply #50 on: April 08, 2014, 11:19 PM »
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No.......he was a different player against Foggy! He was really 'up for it', maybe because he saw it as 'his match'! He wouldn't have expected to have to play Seppi, but that's no excuse. He should have been prepared anyway! I reckon he'd have beaten Seppi on Friday.....but that's just my opinion!  Whistle
Well I'm quite happy to accept it as I watched neither match, and I seem to recall John Lloyd saying that he hoped Ward hadn't gone off the boil by assuming  Andy would defeat Fognini, and would be mentally prepared to face Seppi - which obviously he wasn't.  Not exactly a professional approach that, and he was really letting Andy down as well as the rest of the team.  I don't think Andy would have been too impressed by his attitude either.   Maybe Evans would have been the better choice, but we'll never know.
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