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Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « on: August 16, 2014, 09:37 AM »
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Andy Murray's run at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati ended in disappointing fashion with a 3-6, 5-7 defeat to Roger Federer.

It was a ragged performance from the eighth seed, who squandered a 4-1 lead in the second set to slump to a straight sets defeat. Murray showed flashes of form at the beginning of the second set but couldn't maintain his level, struggling with a low first serve percentage and below-par returning throughout the contest.

Federer was in command during the first set, attacking Murray's second serve and dictating play. The world number nine faced break points in four out of five service games, struggling mightily to get his first serve going and not getting enough depth on his groundstrokes. Although the Brit saved five break points in his first two service games, the second seed made the breakthrough at 2-2 as a pair of forehand unforced errors from the Brit conceded the break.


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Murray had chances to get back on level terms, creating break points in the next two Federer service games. But strong serving from the world number three averted the danger and he wrapped up the first set with a further break - Murray's lack of first serves and unforced errors again proving costly.

The eighth seed played better at the beginning of the second set, returning well and being more aggressive, forcing Federer to defend. A pair of breaks in the third and fifth games saw him take a commanding 4-1 lead, a third set seeming almost inevitable. But Murray's struggles this season at holding onto leads again loomed large as he saw his two break advantage crumble. Unforced errors flooded into his game and a double fault at 4-4 put the set back on even terms.

Federer's confidence had fully returned by this point, and with Murray serving at 5-6 he grabbed his opportunity to take the match. A dropshot and passing shot combination from the seventeen time slam champion set up a match point, and he wrapped up his victory as Murray's forehand found the net.

Murray's attention will now turn to the final slam tournament of the year, the US Open, which starts on August 25.

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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #1 on: August 16, 2014, 10:56 AM »
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Watched the match with increasing disappointment and frustration for Andy. His continuing slump against other players in the top 10 is a source of worry.

The old Andy would have held on to his double break at the beginning in the second set and forced a third set. This unfortunately, is not the AM of 2012 and 2013.

Realistically, have we seen the last of Andy back in the top 4? I hope not, but it's of deep concern. Physically, he is 100%, but mentally? I consider that he has not fully recovered from the loss of Lendl, which must have been a shock to his confidence. In addition, his back operation was an additive to his mental stress.
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #2 on: August 16, 2014, 11:04 AM »
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Stayed up n watched it...seemed to be an air of inevitability once federer had got a break back in the second ... Strange performance. Roll on the US...
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #3 on: August 16, 2014, 11:09 AM »
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Good report Katie, thanks for this.

OSS: I dont think this is the last of Andy in the top 3-4, but its a terrible drop in form, seen from the back of his recent great victories the last 2 years.  He does need a BIG name coach, I hope A. Mauresmo is just a stop-gap, better than nothing. But who knows? 
Very hard to find a good candidate at the top level. They don't grow on trees and such people, dont do it just for the money.  confused
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #4 on: August 16, 2014, 11:45 AM »
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Well, my take is that he is not 100% physically. Played fine against Isner, a horribly tricky opponent, collapsed against Fed.
At least at the USOpen he'll get a day's rest in between matches. Explains why he did fine at RG. Too much pressure at Wimbles, plus not enough time between slams.
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #5 on: August 16, 2014, 01:24 PM »
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Good choice of photo Katie.
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #6 on: August 16, 2014, 02:52 PM »
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From Andy Murray.com and FB.:

Andy struggled to get going from the start and had to fight to save six break points early on. However the break soon became inevitable and Federer broke decisively in the fifth game. Federer then held well to secure the first set 6-3, leaving Andy a lot of work to do.

Andy flew out of the blocks in the second set and a series of forehand winners gave him a double-break 4-1 lead in the second set, however, a momentary loss of concentration saw him relinquish three of his next four service games as Federer rediscovered his first-set form, and yet again broke decisively to win the match, taking the second set 7-5.

“I don’t remember hitting very many good shots after the 4-1 game. I blew it, it’s a shame,” said Andy.

The guy is honest (difficult  to be otherwise perhaps)-  He blew it. Andy never gives excuses, he takes the full rap.

What I admire is that he's not reverted to the self berating of old. That was awful to watch, temperamental outbursts towards his box. He has controlled himself and that must help his game in the long run.
Andy will now travel to the US Open in New York City.
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #7 on: August 16, 2014, 09:21 PM »
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This defeat is hard to take, especially as it was against Noserer and now levels their H2H 11-11. Anybody but this fake muppet with his self grandiosity. He probably thinks he blew Andy off court with his superior skills. Let's face it, Andy lost this match, Noserer didn't win it.

Why Andy why  this could have been the turnaround you craved, you could have steamrolled through Botnic in the next round and would have had Ferrer in the final.

Opportunity lost.
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #8 on: August 17, 2014, 04:00 AM »
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This defeat is hard to take, especially as it was against Noserer and now levels their H2H 11-11. Anybody but this fake muppet with his self grandiosity. He probably thinks he blew Andy off court with his superior skills. Let's face it, Andy lost this match, Noserer didn't win it.

Why Andy why  this could have been the turnaround you craved, you could have steamrolled through Botnic in the next round and would have had Ferrer in the final.

Opportunity lost.


Ok, it feels worse after reading this post. Frown
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #9 on: August 17, 2014, 05:13 AM »
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Ok, it feels worse after reading this post. Frown

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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #10 on: August 17, 2014, 09:21 AM »
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Well, my take is that he is not 100% physically. Played fine against Isner, a horribly tricky opponent, collapsed against Fed.
At least at the USOpen he'll get a day's rest in between matches. Explains why he did fine at RG. Too much pressure at Wimbles, plus not enough time between slams.
Interesting point BBH.  Andy says he's now 100% physically fit, but he's certainly lacking in match fitness and so his confidence is low because he's winning so few matches.  Also there does seem to be a degree of mental fragility there, and what I found strange was that he held his nerve in the 3rd set TB against Isner yet folded so easily against Federer who, let's face it, wasn't playing all that well himself.  The number of UEs alone - 43 Federer, 38 Murray - aren't all that great for a two set match between two top-class players.

Quote from am.com re Cincy -

Because it's the final Masters 1000 before the US Open it acts as a great warm up tournament, so hopefully I can be playing my best tennis by the time I get to Flushing Meadows.

Well, Andy, let's hope you are! cmon yeah
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #11 on: August 17, 2014, 11:05 PM »
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Oh well... same story, Federer beats Ferrer.  H2H 16 - 0.
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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #12 on: August 18, 2014, 02:06 AM »
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Just finished watching the recording of Andy's match with Fed.
It was all down to Andy's first serve and his unforced errors. He clearly has a pattern of sensing discomfort when being ahead.  My hubby was telling me the livescores when we were sitting at the campfire. I was all excited in the 2nd when he was 4-1 ahead..
Maybe time to talk to the sports psychologist again.
The serve.. I don't know..

The silver lining for me is that many folks have been writing Rog off for years, and look how he's doing! And the same for Daveed! I enjoyed their final.

There's a ton of mileage still on Andy yet. yes

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Re: Murray ousted by Federer in Cincinnati « Reply #13 on: August 18, 2014, 02:06 PM »
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There's a ton of mileage still on Andy yet. yes


Yes, of course there is! But the answer to the conundrum that is Andy recovering his abilities lies within himself.
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