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Brit-Watch: United States Open

British Tennis
by Ruggers (U3472595) 21 August 2007
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The US Open Series will reach its conclusion in New York for the 2007 US Open and the Brits will be in action.

Murray and Huber were 2 points away from victory over Paes/Shaughnessy but lost the second set on a tiebreak and then lost in the lottery of the super tiebreak (there should be no super tiebreaks in Grand Slams). The defeat denied Murray from reaching consecutive Mixed Doubles Grand Slam finals. However it was a decent run and the pair picked up wins over many of the leading doubles players in the world. Murray will now look towards Davis Cup duty and will then partner with Leander Paes in Bangkok.

Murray/Huber, Mixed Doubles
Projected Road to the Final


R1: Santangello/Hanley[4] 7-6(3) 7-6(5)
R2: Ullyett/Suarez 7-5 6-4
QF: Radwanska/Frystenberg 6-1 6-2
SF: Shaughnessy/Paes 7-6 6-7 5-10

Andy Murray failed to reach the second week and defend all 150 points as he fell to Asian No. 1 Hyung-Taik Lee who had earlier upset fourteenth seed Canas. Murray has been out of the game for many months due to a wrist injury picked up in Hamburg, and had only been pain-free a week before the tournament. Yet one should also give credit to Lee who has reached the second week in a Slam for only the second time in his career.

Andy Murray [19], Men's Singles

R1: Cuevas [Q] 6-2 6-3 6-0
R2: Bjorkman 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-1
R3: Lee 3-6 3-6 6-2 5-7

Tim Henman in what is his final ranking tournament in his career overcame nemesis Tursunov in four sets in the first round, but then lost in four to Frenchman Tsonga. With a third child beckoning, injury and illness leading to either tournament withdrawals or interrupting preparations, and a substantial fall in the rankings from 39 in the beginning of the year to 92 have all contributed to the decision to retire sooner rather than later.

Tim Henman, Men's Singles

R1: Tursunov [27] 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4
R2: Tsonga 6-7 6-2 5-7 4-6

16th Seeds Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac in their final tournament together fell in the second round. Together they reached career-high rankings and won three main-tour titles. However disappointment in the US Open Series, failure during the clay-court season and the offer for Murray to link up with top-10 player Leander Paes has all led to the split.

Murray/Butorac [16], Men's Doubles

R1: Behrend/Mayer 4-6 7-5 6-3
R2: Delic/Gimelstob 5-7 3-6

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posted Sep 5, 2007

N u r the 1 that is constantly non-stop biggin-up Jamie Murray as if his un-worthy achievement at wimbledon this yr is a substitute for the real trophy that we are all waiting from a British singles playerbiggrin I mean L. Paes is pushing 40yrs (34), and he was able to make lightwork of Jamie Murraybiggrin. I saw some of the highlights this morning and the passing shots that Paes was zipping past Murray. Murrays court positioning is a disgrace for some1 who claims to be a doubles player!

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posted Sep 5, 2007

Jamie Murray is a doubles player, it is absurd if you expect him to lift a Singles GS doh

Surely the only thing one can expect and hope for is for a player to fulfill their potential, whatever that potential is.

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posted Sep 5, 2007

Or maybe Jamie is only a teenager 2 (1 of the excuses thatu will constantly give in support of Andy). My answer to you on that score is GO WATCH DJOKOVICbiggrin

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posted Sep 5, 2007

Thought Jamie played well yesterday. Was a very close match. Paes managed to raise his game brilliantly at 4-5 in the second set tie break until the end of the match. His reactions in the point to win the second set were sensational. Looking forward to Paes and Murray teaming up - don't think that Paes thinks that Murray is lightweight!

Huber, good player though she is, was nowhere near as strong as Jankovic at Wimbledon.

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posted Sep 5, 2007

Paes said of Murray I have a talent for spotting something special in people. I spotted it a year ago when he was relatively unknown. Its that X-factor thing.

Huber: "But there is no doubt that he deserves everything he is going to get from this sport because he is a great player who will, I believe, reach the top ten in doubles. He is a leftie [left-hander], which helps, but it is not just the strokes, it is about attitude, being confident, about being right mentally, its the whole package."

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posted Sep 5, 2007

There's no doubt he is a terrific mixed player - his all-action style at the net is really suited to it. I confess I have not seen much of him at men's - although I had heard he did not necessarily look the stronger player in the partnership. Would be good to see him get a set partner quickly and start to get results in mens again.

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posted Sep 7, 2007

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Paes said of Murray I have a talent for spotting something special in people. I spotted it a year ago when he was relatively unknown. Its that X-factor thing.

Huber: "But there is no doubt that he deserves everything he is going to get from this sport because he is a great player who will, I believe, reach the top ten in doubles


SOUNDS FAMILIAR TO ANY1sadface ANOTHER ORDINARY British athlete (Rooney, The young boxer from Bolton, Joe Cole, Lampard, Rio F, Flintoff, J. Wilkinson, Mark-Lewis F, Tim Henman, Andy Murray and now Jamie Murray....list is endless) being referred to as a "Great player" and their reputation trumpeted to the sky long before they have achieved anythingsadface

When will u guys learn?? If Jamie Murray can be referred to as a great and some people on this thread take that term seriously, then what adjective can we use to describe the True GREATS like Federersadface

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posted Sep 7, 2007

Just because you are not the best in the world doesn't mean you are ordinary doh Tim was one of the top players in the world, Flintoff remains one of the top 2 all-rounders in the world (not my opinion but rather the objective rankings system). It is obvious that "great" is being used in a completely different context, no one is suggesting Jamie is Sampras doh

If Paes thinks Jamie has potential (note that he noticed him even before his profile had risen on the doubles circuit) then surely that opinion should be respected.

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comment by Ruggers (U3472595)

posted Sep 7, 2007

Once again you use points which are factually inaccurate or appreciated in a wrong context to build an argument or make further points erm

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posted Sep 17, 2007

Nice to see that things ticked along as usual!
Missed most of the rest of the matches due to really poor internet coverage on the boat - assume Andy had a bit of a McChunter, and sad for jamie missing out on the chance of a 2nd GS final ... roll on DC this week!

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