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Murray marches on


Source: BBC
A straight sets defeat by Roger Federer is not generally something for a player to feel proud about.

But Andy Murray left the court a happy man after his loss in the final of the Thailand Open on Sunday.

Murray's coach, Mark Petchey said:
The target for this year was to get inside the top 100 and get into the Australian Open.

Federer was ranked about 66 at the same age, Safin about 45 and Nadal about 55. So Andy's in the mix.

He's extremely quick already - that's one of his main attributes - and that will even improve as well. Each month he's getting stronger.

John McEnroe's prediction last month that Murray would be a top 20 player within a year was initially greeted with scepticism.

But the temperament and range of shots Murray showed off in Bangkok now make that comment seem entirely prescient.

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"Coach Mark Petchey has told Sky Sports News that caution must be applied to the euphoria surrounding the meteoric rise to fame of Scottish teenager Andrew Murray."

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Says Petchey in the same breath as making numerous comparisons to Roger Federer at the same age.

If he wanted to urge caution he might like to take a lead by saying things like - Dominic Hrbaty broke into the top 100 at a similar age and yet has never reached the top 10. Or he could mention a few of the many areas of his game that Andy will need to work on for him to ever get into the top 10 nevermind win a grand slam tournament.

Andy's rise is par for the course for players of his talent. Lots of players go from 350 to 50 in the world. Normally they might be 19 or 20 when it occurs but the rapid rise is fairly common. This is why his former coach mentioned the target of 50 by the end of the year.
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