Murray battered by Willy Beacher in Rome

By for MurraysWorld.com on
Apple’s iPhone features an app called Stick Tennis in which an unbeatable figure called Willy Beacher plays improbable backcourt tennis. Willy Beacher showed up tonight in Rome in the guise of Fabio Fognini to thrash Andy Murray 6-2 6-4.



The Scot, defending his Internazionali BNL d'Italia Masters title here, was down 0-4 in the blink of an eye, the Italian pinging balls to the corners at lightning speed in front of his home crowd.

Murray wasn’t helped by some passive play that saw him bunting the ball down the middle in the hope that Fognini might miss. Although the world number one rallied with a couple of service holds, the Italian ran the set out comfortably.

Early jitters from Fognini at the start of the second were soon replaced by the same authoritative forehands and backhands of the opening set. Mixed up with some unreadable drop shots, it was a toxic combination.

Fognini raced to a 5-1 lead, but was briefly pegged back to 5-4 by a resurgent Murray. The passionate Italian crown needn’t have worried, though, as the home favourite served out the match with a couple more of those exquisite drop shots.

These are worrying times for the world number one, who loses 990 points here and has another 1200 to defend at the forthcoming French Open, where the Brit will be desperately hoping for a huge slice of good fortune.
Thanks for your prompt and very fair report Nigel.  I agree it wasn't a case of Andy playing badly, just that Fognini in this form seemed virtually unbeatable, and it didn't help that Andy was playing a fiercely partisan crowd as well as an inspired opponent.  I still don't understand though why Andy just let some of these drop-shots go rather than try to chase them down - but then we weren't the ones on court, so Shrug  All I will add is that I can only imagine how Andy must be feeling right now.
May 16, 2017, 11:22 PM
By Aileen

Beacher's not unbeatable. Just got to play him a certain number of times before you start to beat him. Eventually he's very easily bagelled. It is like the sword fighting bits of the Monkey Island computer game from the 90s - the more sword fights you play the quicker you start winning and then after facing the sword master three times you get to beat her because you've learned the right insults.

Hope whatever is affecting Andy right now can be sorted out. Just watched a bit and Fognini was inspired, but Andy was just so listless. To only win 18/55 points on return is more troubling to me than his serve issues.
May 16, 2017, 11:33 PM
By amongsttheleaves

The Curse of Monkey Island to this day is one of my favorite games! Smile

The only way is up for Murray, maybe Wimbledon though will be the catalyst for an awakening for Andy as I feel he is at his best at Wimbledon.

May 17, 2017, 12:05 AM
By JRAJ

Thanks for your prompt and very fair report Nigel.  I agree it wasn't a case of Andy playing badly, just that Fognini in this form seemed virtually unbeatable,

Yeah Fognini, the world number 29,  looked unbeatable. It's plainly obvious to me the reason he looked unbeatable was because of Andy's poor play.  Andy left so many balls short, and in the middle, of the court, he set them up for Fognini to finish off the point.
May 17, 2017, 12:08 AM
By BigNose

It is the first time I simply could not watch any more after the 2 nd break in set 2. The outcome was obvious. I have watch most every match since I retired in 09. Although the Fog was inspired, the fact is he's allowed to be.
I think it will be hard to come back to the standards of last year, he put so much into that last push. You are number 1. The only place is down.
However like Rafa who I believed was too good not to come back. I believe our man is also too good not to come back. So don't despair he will be back. I just hope it is sooner than later. I am sorry for not watching it all Andy. In a relationship you take the rough with the smooth.  Well so i'm told.
May 17, 2017, 12:23 PM
By starrieyed

I hadn't a clue who Willy Beacher is so had to google it.  It seems that in order to beat him

"you’ll need the forehand of Fernando Gonzalez, the amalgamated backhand of Roger Federer and David Nalbandian, the tenacity of Rafael Nadal and Federer’s ability to drop shot a tennis ball like it was a rock. Standing against you, Beacher has the pace of Usain Bolt, the stamina of Haile Gebreselassie, the wing span of Yao Ming and the accuracy of some sort of tennis robot."

Now that would be quite some player who could do all that!
May 17, 2017, 05:52 PM
By Aileen

^ nah, you don't need any of those things. It is a computer programme - you need to bagel all the other players first, then let Beacher thrash you numerous times before you start winning games, eventually you'll get to a tiebreak. Eventually you'll win a tiebreak. Then win 7-5, then 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 and finally 6-0.

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The people who created it want people to use it, so they make sure that eventually you win.

Just like the sword fighting in the Curse of Monkey Island.

The Curse of Monkey Island to this day is one of my favorite games! Smile

Mine too!

Can't say the same of Myst. To this day I have no clue!
May 17, 2017, 06:15 PM
By amongsttheleaves

@ATL - Yes I did realise it was a computer game.   I was just quoting from someone's blog!  Being able to win all the time would spoil it for me anyway.  Where's the fun in knowing that?  Andy is or was into computer games so I wonder if he's tried it, given how much he hates losing. 
May 17, 2017, 06:32 PM
By Aileen

Another Murray victor being given a thorough tennis lesson in the very next round. Sadly this says so much more about Murray's level right now than anyone else's.....
May 18, 2017, 12:36 PM
By Baseliner

It's typical Fognini. He is so inconsistent. His behaviour is bad for someone his age but it has never changed
May 18, 2017, 01:10 PM
By tamila

Baselinder; this year:

AO: Federer against MIcha Zverev; 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 (Murray: 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4)

Indian Wells: Pospisil a. Lajovic : 6-7 6-3 7-5 (Murray : 6-4 7-6)

Monte Carlo: Vinolas lost in final a. nadal

Barcelona: Murray lost a Thiem in sf, Nadal wins 6-4, 6-1

Rome Fognini a. Alexnder Zverev: 6-3 6-3

(Com said  Murray was playing too far behind the baseline. Zverev  played more aggressive a. Fognini.
May 19, 2017, 06:13 AM
By flowerpower

Not at all surprising that Fognini lost yesterday. Falvia was literally hours away from giving birth. Remember what a total headcase Andy was when Kim was week(s) away from giving birth.

Still, Fabio could have done his 'tanking' with more grace, but that isn't part of his make-up.

Since Tsonga in Toronto 2014, Ramos Vinolas remains the only player to beat Andy and then go on to win their next match at the same tournament.
May 19, 2017, 09:00 AM
By amongsttheleaves

Not at all surprising that Fognini lost yesterday. Falvia was literally hours away from giving birth. Remember what a total headcase Andy was when Kim was week(s) away from giving birth.


Hmm, she wasn't in labour when he went on court was she? So surely the same thoughts were with him the day before - when he beat Murray so resoundingly. The difference is that Zverev didn't feed Fognini and endless supply of mid court balls to drill away into the corners the way that Andy did. Sorry, but I saw the match and it was just a very poor performance from Andy. Even people that don't play tennis understand that if you don't keep the ball deep you are going to get fried. The endless short balls from Andy  was the 1st thing that was very noticeable to me, Then later his reluctance to move occasionally. Very odd performance from Andy, but it nothing to do with birthin' babies....
May 19, 2017, 10:04 AM
By Baseliner

^ I wasn't writing about Andy's match on Tuesday, merely observing that I wasn't surprised that Fognini lost given how close his wife was to giving birth.

I never said Andy's performance on Tuesday night was good, or ok, or anything like that. I didn't watch Andy's match live, but I have watched the replay in full, and yes it was pretty awful, his ROS in particular was - sadly - a steaming pile of cow pat.
May 19, 2017, 12:00 PM
By amongsttheleaves

I think  I agree with you besides I don't fully understand the  " his ROS in particular was - sadly - a steaming pile of cow pat" part in your post en google translate doesn't help Smile.

ATL, you asked for ideas for a column. Andy has had a few other bad periods like these with shocking defeats, bad serve, not attacking, mostly also muttering. Bad results and no control. It would be interesting to see the patterns in these ups and dows and especially the way he find to get through these difficult time.  Just a suggestion. I always appreciate your objective research.
May 19, 2017, 12:48 PM
By flowerpower

Thanks for the suggestion FP. That's definately something that would be interesting to look at.

Re the 'steaming pile of cow pat'. I was mostly just saying his returning was shit against Fognini.
May 19, 2017, 12:58 PM
By amongsttheleaves

Thanks for the suggestion FP. That's definately something that would be interesting to look at.
It certainly sounds a good topic to me. Smile
May 19, 2017, 08:06 PM
By Aileen

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