Murray's luck runs out in Acapulco semis

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Andy Murray had stated yesterday that his luck might run out unless he could make a better start in his matches. Although he finally managed that against Grigor Dimitrov, it didn’t stop the Scot capitulating 4-6 7-6 7-6 to the Bulgarian in the semi-final of the Mexican Open.

This was Murray’s first semi-final spot since Wimbledon and, still ring-rusty from the after-effects of back surgery, he’d dropped his opening service game in every match this week. This time, though, he turned the tables after Dimitrov yanked a forehand wide in his opening service game and the Brit went on to seal the set.

In the second, Dimitrov clicked into gear, getting the better of the longer rallies and taking the set on a tie-break. The Bulgarian broke the second seed in the opening game of the decider, but the Brit levelled at 5-5 as Dimitrov served for the match.

Although Murray reached a second tie-break, the world number 22 edged home 7-5 to seal a victory in just under two hours.

While Dimitrov had never previously taken a set against Murray, he must be given credit for the growing maturity and patience of his game, while Murray will see the week in Acapulco as another step along the long road to full physical recovery.

It’s been a long journey for Dimitrov and his 27-year-old final opponent Kevin Anderson, too, but both are now within commuting distance of the world top ten.
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Nice report Grabcopy - told it like is , a voice of reason, especially the bit about another step on the road to recovery. Positive realiam unlike some of the match thread.
March 01, 2014, 10:30 AM
By wimbledonwestie

Thanks Grab. Excellent, fair report. clap
March 01, 2014, 10:54 AM
By blueberryhill

Great report fair and accurate. Thanks
March 01, 2014, 12:09 PM
By Murray Magic

Am I the only doomsayer around? Can Andy ever return to the player he was to win Olympic Gold, USO 2012 and Wimbledon 2013? Or will he from now on be a member of the top 10, with many excuses as to why he can not get back to his rightfull position?
March 01, 2014, 12:36 PM
By OldScotSupport

Am I the only doomsayer around? Can Andy ever return to the player he was to win Olympic Gold, USO 2012 and Wimbledon 2013? Or will he from now on be a member of the top 10, with many excuses as to why he can not get back to his rightfull position?
Well, giving him a chance to do so might help?  Just a thought...
March 01, 2014, 12:38 PM
By Elly

Perfect headline, reflecting how close he came to winning the match. And even if he might never return to the very top and might never win a slam again, what can you do about it? Will you stop supporting him?
March 01, 2014, 12:58 PM
By counter_ puncher

Am I the only doomsayer around? Can Andy ever return to the player he was to win Olympic Gold, USO 2012 and Wimbledon 2013? Or will he from now on be a member of the top 10, with many excuses as to why he can not get back to his rightfull position?

I would suggest that he won't ever return to being the player who won 2 slams and an Olympic gold medal, that player was hindered by a serious back issue. I think we will see him eventually become an even better player than he once was.
March 01, 2014, 01:03 PM
By The Gnome

@gnomey
Like your style thumb up
March 01, 2014, 01:10 PM
By blueberryhill

I would suggest that he won't ever return to being the player who won 2 slams and an Olympic gold medal, that player was hindered by a serious back issue. I think we will see him eventually become an even better player than he once was.
Hope so Gnome but, you know, even if he doesn't, I'm not about to get all bent out of shape about it.  He's amazing to follow - so not one dimensional.  Wimbledon was what I wanted to see him win.  I'm a happy fan!
March 01, 2014, 01:15 PM
By Elly

Absolutely Gnome.
March 01, 2014, 02:17 PM
By tamila

Am I the only doomsayer around? Can Andy ever return to the player he was to win Olympic Gold, USO 2012 and Wimbledon 2013? Or will he from now on be a member of the top 10, with many excuses as to why he can not get back to his rightfull position?

There was always going to be a risk of that in having the back surgery. What was becoming apparent was he was not going to be able to play for much longer at any professional level if he didn't do something about it. He was in a no win situation.

He will never need to make excuses. He is who is and his performance is and will be what it is. His "fans" have a simple choice? Accept that or find someone else, or another sport to follow.
March 01, 2014, 02:18 PM
By Masaka

^ If only, Masaka.  It would appear that his so called 'fans' feel the need to bleed the ears off everyone and his dog who are willing to engage.
March 01, 2014, 02:20 PM
By Elly

Nice report Grabcopy - told it like is , a voice of reason, especially the bit about another step on the road to recovery. Positive realism unlike some of the match thread.
I would suggest that he won't ever return to being the player who won 2 slams and an Olympic gold medal, that player was hindered by a serious back issue. I think we will see him eventually become an even better player than he once was.
There was always going to be a risk of that in having the back surgery. What was becoming apparent was he was not going to be able to play for much longer at any professional level if he didn't do something about it. He was in a no win situation.

He will never need to make excuses. He is who is and his performance is and will be what it is. His "fans" have a simple choice? Accept that or find someone else, or another sport to follow.
Couldn't have put it better myself.  Thanks. Smile

One thing did occur to me and that is that Andy showed very little or no emotion during the match, and that is something I don't like.  I've always felt that he needs to get his frustration/anger out because when he has one of his little rants it usually helps to fire him up.  I thought Dimitrov's little Djokovic-style antics might have got him going, but they didn't.  To me the match had a strange, not very pleasant, dream-like quality about it, but then perhaps that isn't so surprising given that it didn't start till nearly midnight, thanks to the bizarre scheduling at this tournament.

Anyway IW next - so onwards and upwards!! cmon yeah
March 01, 2014, 02:30 PM
By Aileen

Can I echo my thanks to Grabcopy for a very fair report.
March 01, 2014, 02:40 PM
By Masaka

I very clear report. I'm sure Andy will continue to progress and will be back to winning ways.
March 01, 2014, 03:22 PM
By michelle

Hope so Gnome but, you know, even if he doesn't, I'm not about to get all bent out of shape about it.  He's amazing to follow - so not one dimensional.  Wimbledon was what I wanted to see him win.  I'm a happy fan!
My sentiments too. He came so near to winning last night and he is obviously well on the road to full recovery. At least he won't be playing in pain - that can't have been much fun and he willl no doubt enjoy his matches much more. Excellent report Nigel, many thanks.
March 01, 2014, 03:29 PM
By janscribe

Right on Elly and the rest.......a bit of realism is justified IMHO, and makes for less stressful Murray Moments! He did win the USO, Olympic gold and, best of all, Wimbledon and if he does nothing else (although I fervently hope that he will), I for one will die happy. Just not any time soon :-)
March 01, 2014, 05:58 PM
By DramMan

Thanks from me too for the fair report.
Aileen I wonder if one reason Andy didn't show much emotion was to conserve energy - early hours of the morning yet nevertheless incredibly humid.  I for one did not like Dimitrov's little nole-style celebration in the middle of a game, brilliant point that it was.  I hope we don't see any more of that from him.  On other hand I thought his celebration when he won was perfectly natural and joyful and it looked like he and Andy are on good terms when they shook hands (I think they practise together sometimes).

and doomsayer OSS, if in a year's time we are still 'making excuses' for why Andy hasn't regained his previous form, I think you can validly pose such questions.  But please remember he returned to competitive tennis only about two months ago and prior to that hadn't been able to do as much training as usual because of the rehab.  Fair enough to voice anxieties, if you're feeling them, but please don't imply that Andy will now just be an also ran in the top 10.
March 01, 2014, 07:01 PM
By Ruthie

 cmonandy
Thanks from me too for the fair report.
Aileen I wonder if one reason Andy didn't show much emotion was to conserve energy - early hours of the morning yet nevertheless incredibly humid.  I for one did not like Dimitrov's little nole-style celebration in the middle of a game, brilliant point that it was.  I hope we don't see any more of that from him.  On other hand I thought his celebration when he won was perfectly natural and joyful and it looked like he and Andy are on good terms when they shook hands (I think they practise together sometimes).

and doomsayer OSS, if in a year's time we are still 'making excuses' for why Andy hasn't regained his previous form, I think you can validly pose such questions.  But please remember he returned to competitive tennis only about two months ago and prior to that hadn't been able to do as much training as usual because of the rehab.  Fair enough to voice anxieties, if you're feeling them, but please don't imply that Andy will now just be an also ran in the top 10.

all right Ruthie  , my thinks are the same !

I always be Andy's fan !
March 01, 2014, 07:19 PM
By LIBANY

Nice one Gnome!
March 01, 2014, 07:56 PM
By wimbledonwestie

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