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Murray has improved significantly over the last year or two - he's older, wiser, more mature and in the best shape of his life - but I still think sometimes he's a little bit too passive ... 
Thanks for that Philip.  Mark has told me that these new-style BBC videos won't work on MW, as you probably noticed.

These are the thoughts of Jonathan Overend:

MURRAY CAN STILL BEAT THE BEST [BBC Sport/tennis, 4 July]
 
After playing so well at the Australian Open, only losing to one of the all-time greats Roger Federer, Andy Murray understandably granted himself a period of reflection and recuperation.

It was absolutely necessary, the body and mind wrung dry by winter workouts, meticulous preparation and a close-to-perfect tournament, but coming so early in the season, the break set him back and at tournaments in Dubai and North America, he underperformed.

Then came the clay season, with its predictable collection of OK performances but relatively early defeats, and Murray was a long way away from his peak.

Over dinner near his home, seven days before the start of Wimbledon, he maintained that his best tennis wasn't far away and he was right.

It took a brilliant performance from another all-time great, Rafael Nadal, to end an impressive run and now, after a mentally draining fortnight, we expect the Murray Corporation to shut down for a couple of weeks. It's absolutely essential.

But this is where things are different from post-Melbourne.

Then, in February, it was back into action almost immediately. Now, with six weeks until the start of the next big mandatory tournament in Toronto, it's almost like Andy Murray's off-season. Time away from the court should help him recharge for the big push for American hard-court success.

Even if he takes a couple of weeks off completely - as he did after his Australian exertions - he'll still have plenty of court time to get the feel back ahead of Canada.

He goes into the US Open series without a title, the first time that's happened since his first year as a pro in 2005, yet I'd be surprised if that barren spell lasts. I'm convinced he will lift the trophy at either Toronto, Cincinatti or - dare I say it - the next major in New York.

Make no mistake, he is ready.

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Just watched Andy on Beeb Scotland news and says he is not making any changes and is off to America in the next few weeks to start training for the rest of the season.  Asked about the defeat by Nadal he said that Nadal has beaten other players in the past and they have beaten him so its no big deal.  Sounds as if he is up for the US Open!!
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Simon Reed says...


Murray needs extra edge
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/simon-reed/article/4477/
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Have you seen this butterfly draw by Andy for Dorset Wildlife ? ( 2007)  It's beautiful ...



A HOST of celebrities have produced an amazing collection of original drawings to raise money for wildlife.

More than 120 famous names have provided Dorset Wildlife Trust with drawings and paintings of butterflies and moths which will be used to help raise funds to protect the county's wildlife.

Stars such as Darcey Bussell, Rachel Stevens and Ricky Gervais  , Andrew Murray join other such as Ann Widdecombe and Ian Botham in the conservation cause.
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That's really clever Sylvie ..... the Scottish Flag plus tennis balls .... thanks for posting.
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I bid on that butterfly drawing but bidding went well into the 1000 pound mark I seem to recall. I know who bought it though. A Scottish fan - of course!
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A beautiful picture and meaningful too.  Thanks for the pic Sylvie.  If I do bid, I would probably try to bid for one of Andy's racket.  I wonder how much one would cost ?
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What assurances do you have that Andy drew that picture? I've been googling it and nothing has come up.
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Hmmm... Is that Andy's signature below the picture ?

Would he sign a picture that he didn't draw ?  I have learnt to draw from a drawing book with pretty decent results in a very short period of time so drawing that picture should be quite feasible for Andy IMO Smile.
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Hmmm... Is that Andy's signature below the picture ?

Would he sign a picture that he didn't draw ?  I have learnt to draw from a drawing book with pretty decent results in a very short period of time so drawing that picture should be quite feasible for Andy IMO Smile.

Signatures aren't difficult to fake. I'm not saying that he didn't draw it, but you should confirm that it is genuine before you pay for something like that. That sort of thing is incredibly easy to fake.
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There are literally 3 results on google when you search for "Andy Murray" and "Dorset Wildlife Trust". None of them mention that he is associated with DWT, let alone make reference to a picture he drew for them.

I think this is a con.
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Signatures aren't difficult to fake. I'm not saying that he didn't draw it, but you should confirm that it is genuine before you pay for something like that. That sort of thing is incredibly easy to fake.

Good point.  Maybe Andrew should have a chat with Andy to confirm that this is a genuine (or not) article Very Happy. Over to you Andrew with your connections.
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The signature looks pretty genuine according to the autograph I have.  But, I guess that means nothing.  It'd be easy to scan it and tag it on to the end of something....
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What assurances do you have that Andy drew that picture? I've been googling it and nothing has come up.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/14735151@N06/1523569607

It's from AM.com gallery .....
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Ah, I see.

Still, it pays to be careful when it comes to these things.
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