I was browsing the comments left on the bbc article Murray v Sousa match. It always degenerates into troll land ie. none of the three top Brits are English. A Scott, an Australian and Guernsey Is. But I came across this piece from someone who claims to have worked (I take it to be Wimbledon) behind the scenes:-
Those who criticise Murray's personality know nothing about him. Having worked at a grandslam for a number of years the three nicest players by country mile are Nadal, Murray and Tsonga. Federer is fairly rude behind the scenes and Djokovic gets his entourage to do everything for him. Murray is always a gent. Good luck to him, undeniably one of the hardest working pros in the game.
I though it was quite revealing.
Thanks for posting Dex.
It's always nice to hear from somebody with first-hand knowledge. Disappointing about Djokovic though, since I thought he might have been a bit more considerate. Oh well ...
You know, I really think Andy is looking splendid. Is it me or is he just playing quietly and calmly within himself at the moment? I know you could argue that he has played people so far he should get through fairly easily, but he hasn't mucked about at all really, hasn't got down on himself when he has missed the odd shot and looks utterly focused on the task in hand. Add in to that equation that he still looks like a tonne weight has been lifted off him and he looks almost like he is enjoying some of the interviews and such, I think everything is going as well as we could expect so far. I think the days of Andy taking detours around beating early opponents have been vanquished, and thank God for that lol.
There was a little bit of Murray muttering at the start of the 3rd set, when he did lose focus briefly and Sousa upped his game, but I think he was anxious to get out of that hot sun as quickly as possible.
I'd hope so on that one, but I'm not counting on it.
Andy's second serve was much better today. His first serve is in good nick too, very good. His FSP was a tiny bit low, but hey-ho, no one is perfect.
The thing I enjoyed about today was that he seemed to get the balance right between being aggressive and giving Sousa the run-around. Mind you, given some experience I wonder how good Sousa could be. He didn't threaten Andy, but he didn't seem intimidated either, although I think he did get frustrated when he realised that Andy is just better in every department.
14 aces isn't bad, I agree, and it would be good if we could see this repeated more often.
As for Sousa, I'm not too happy about the way the media have dismissed him like he was of no consequence. He played a lot of very good shots, most of which would have been winners against other lower-ranked players, so I hope he hasn't gone away from this match feeling disheartened but instead can take the positives out of it. I thought the scoreline was quite respectable in the circumstances, and at 23 he has plenty of time to improve if his aim is to get into the top 50. Also it's interesting that his record in Challengers and Futures is good, both on clay as well as on hard, and his win record as at September 2012 was 10-5 in singles and 11-2 in doubles. He only really started playing ATP 250s and 500s last year, so if he can get just one ATP title under his belt, that should improve his confidence.