Ring-rusty Murray exposed by Cilic

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Andy Murray’s continuing lack of match fitness was exposed tonight in the Rotterdam 500 event as he capitulated 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

The Scot, not long back from surgery, has admitted it could be the start of the clay season before his fans get to see anything like the form that propelled him to last year’s Wimbledon title and, in truth, world number 37 Cilic was rarely troubled.

The British number one, seeded two at this event behind Del Potro, got off to a sluggish start. Murray was 4-1 down in the Ahoy Rotterdam Arena before most spectators’ pre-match coffee had cooled enough to sip.

Much of the Scot's match was an exercise in pre-Lendl passivity. Whether that was a conscious gameplan or the result of lack of match sharpness only Murray's nearest and dearest will know.

Whatever the truth of the matter, the fact remains that Cilic wrapped up the first set without facing a single break point.

The second set brought more of the same, with Murray conceding a break early on as he battled to find some semblance of rhythm. Although the world number six created four chances to break his opponent’s booming serve, the Croat was up to the job each time.

At 5-4, Cilic fought his way to two match points and sealed the lopsided encounter with a rasping forehand winner. For Murray, his three matches in Holland will at least have provided further post-back surgery match practice as his roadshow rumbles on to Acapulco in a week’s time.
Fair report. I am leaning more to the idea that given the battle yesterday, Murray's advisors told him not to kill himself out there today.
February 14, 2014, 09:01 PM
By Masaka

Fair report. I am leaning more to the idea that given the battle yesterday, Murray's advisors told him not to kill himself out there today.

Well, I didn't see a single ball. I wrote this based on the comments in the match thread.
February 14, 2014, 09:07 PM
By Grabcopy

Well, I didn't see a single ball. I wrote this based on the comments in the match thread.

I have already deleted it. I don't watch the loses. BTW I really do think his back is much better. He is just having to readjust how he moves again, and that will be placing stresses on other parts. He has got a working back again, it's just got to bed in. It probably does sound daft - having to adjust to being pain free, but speaking as one who has has several structural modifications, it takes a while to learn to use the new equipment - in Murray's case a modified back, to its full effectiveness.
February 14, 2014, 09:15 PM
By Masaka

BTW I really do think his back is much better. He is just having to readjust how he moves again, and that will be placing stresses on other parts.

Yeah, maybe. But even if it wasn't right, he wouldn't be letting on. You can't show weakness at that level. We'll never know.
February 14, 2014, 09:18 PM
By Grabcopy

Well, I didn't see a single ball. I wrote this based on the comments in the match thread.
I have already deleted it. I don't watch the loses.

 Think...Objectivism over subjectivism for me.


February 14, 2014, 09:25 PM
By scotnadian

Think...Objectivism over subjectivism for me.


Each to their own. I believe some strange people actually watch the match live.....!!!
February 14, 2014, 09:30 PM
By Masaka

Each to their own. I believe some strange people actually watch the match live.....!!!
Have you watched live, Masaka?
February 14, 2014, 09:31 PM
By scotnadian

Is Nigel Graber the new Phil Messenger?

I suspect some of the MW faithful will not be happy about these comments!
February 14, 2014, 09:34 PM
By ProdigyEng

Yeah, maybe. But even if it wasn't right, he wouldn't be letting on. You can't show weakness at that level. We'll never know.

We'll never know for sure but the way he moves in between points it looks to me as if his legs have given up on him.    I think it will be a while before he is fully fit and confident in his fitness.    I thought I heard him say tonight after a couple of double faults "This is embarrassing".   
February 14, 2014, 09:34 PM
By Iluvandy

Is Nigel Graber the new Phil Messenger?



Never in a million years  no
February 14, 2014, 09:37 PM
By angiebabez

Is Nigel Graber the new Phil Messenger?

I suspect some of the MW faithful will not be happy about these comments!

I was down to do this report. Luckily for them I was otherwise engaged!
February 14, 2014, 09:38 PM
By boogers

We'll never know for sure but the way he moves in between points it looks to me as if his legs have given up on him.    I think it will be a while before he is fully fit and confident in his fitness.    I thought I heard him say tonight after a couple of double faults "This is embarrassing".   

Yes he did....twice say this is embarrassing.  He should come watch a few of my matches lol
February 14, 2014, 09:38 PM
By angiebabez

Have you watched live, Masaka?

I watched the Olympic Final live, because I knew he had already won something he would value even if he lost. I watched Wimbledon 2012 final live - I was looking after three teenage lads who told me I was a complete wimp, and it was part of the full sporting experience, and made me watch it.  They were bigger than me, so I didn't have much choice. I follow the live scores and if it looks like a match he is going to gobble up I will watch it live. Other than that rarely. I know it's odd, but it's the same as detective stories to me - I like to read the last few pages to find out who "done it" then go back and enjoy the ride.  There is probably an element of laziness in it. Even I find it odd.
February 14, 2014, 09:39 PM
By Masaka

I was down to do this report. Luckily for them I was otherwise engaged!

Oh, aye??.. Valentine's engagement, then?
Big softy, you. wub
February 14, 2014, 09:41 PM
By scotnadian

Oh, aye??.. Valentine's engagement, then?
Big softy, you. wub

Christ....god help the poor date  Whistle
February 14, 2014, 09:44 PM
By angiebabez

I was down to do this report. Luckily for them I was otherwise engaged!

You should have written it after being engaged, means no glorified nonsense. Which this report doesn't have anyway, good job Nigel.
February 14, 2014, 09:44 PM
By Connor

Have you watched live, Masaka?
As a retired person with Sky Sports and Eurosport, I am lucky enough to be able to watch all Murray televised matches.  There are times when I am glued to the set and others when I find myself totally distracted, regardless of whether he's winning or losing.  It's the intensity of the match that holds my focus. 
February 14, 2014, 09:48 PM
By FCR

Have you watched live, Masaka?

I have never seen Murray play "in the flesh" - I would like to at least once, but I don't cope with mass crowds. I have applied for Wimbledon tickets this year, but won't be heartbroken if I don't succeed. If the Davies Cup team get as far as the semis, which might be played at Wimbledon I believe. I would try to get tickets for that if he was playing.
February 14, 2014, 09:50 PM
By Masaka

I watched the Olympic Final live, because I knew he had already won something he would value even if he lost. I watched Wimbledon 2012 final live - I was looking after three teenage lads who told me I was a complete wimp, and it was part of the full sporting experience, and made me watch it.  They were bigger than me, so I didn't have much choice. I follow the live scores and if it looks like a match he is going to gobble up I will watch it live. Other than that rarely. I know it's odd, but it's the same as detective stories to me - I like to read the last few pages to find out who "done it" then go back and enjoy the ride.  There is probably an element of laziness in it. Even I find it odd.

That's funny. You sound like my mum with the books.
Me?.. I can't watch anything after the fact. It has to be live (or else recorded and I avoid scorelines and watch as if 'live'.. eg. Aussie O)

I have never seen Murray play "in the flesh" - I would like to at least once, but I don't cope with mass crowds. I have applied for Wimbledon tickets this year, but won't be heartbroken if I don't succeed. If the Davies Cup team get as far as the semis, which might be played at Wimbledon I believe. I would try to get tickets for that if he was playing.
Nothing beats "in the flesh." He's magnificent. Hope you get to do that someday.
February 14, 2014, 09:59 PM
By scotnadian

Is Nigel Graber the new Phil Messenger?

I suspect some of the MW faithful will not be happy about these comments!
Absolutely fatal to depend on the match thread for a report. Rolling Eyes 

I thought Andy played well in the circumstances.  If he'd been double-bagelled I really would have been worried!  Against an in-form Cilic, 6-3, 6-4 was a respectable score, even if he did fail to capitalise on BPs in the second set.

I do think though that three consecutive matches was quite enough for Andy at this stage of his recovery, although whether he realised this himself, or was advised by his team, we'll never know, and neither should we.  The less info his opponents get the better.
February 14, 2014, 10:15 PM
By Aileen

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