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BW Week 1: Murray def. Wawrinka (F)

British Tennis
by Ruggers (U3472595) 19 December 2007
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The Murray brothers kick-started their 2008 campaign in Doha and there was title success for Andy.

Andy Murray [3], Men's Singles

R1: Rochus 6-0 6-2
R2: Schuettler 1-6 6-0 6-1
QF: Johansson 7-6(4) 6-0
SF: Davydenko [1] 6-4 6-3
F: Wawrinka 6-4 4-6 6-2
Andy Murray claimed the fourth title of his career in Doha, beating Swiss No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka. It is an excellent start to the year. He's got some wins under his belt going into the Australian Open, will now move back into the top 10, has bageled the lower-ranked opponents; and fears on how he'll cope without Gilbert have been eased.

The final was more gritty rather than spectacular, the first set featuring over 40 unforced errors between the two players. Murray's first serve percentage was low, floating just over the 50% mark. After taking the first set Murray was holding serve comfortably for the majority of the second with consecutive love service games. But he was broken at 5-4 to send the match into a third set. He broke immediately, raised his level and held firm to win the match.

Murray/Mirnyi, Men's Doubles

R1: Cermak/Dlouhy [3] 7-6(6) 6-2
QF: Moodie/Coetzee 4-6 5-7
Jamie Murray and new partner former World No. 1 Max Mirnyi fell out disappointingly in the second round to the South African pairing of Moodie/Coetzee. This partnership has potential, with Stretch's flair at the net being supported with the Beast's powerful serve. However it is still to be seen how well they shall fare on tour. Andy Murray partnered with Ross Hutchins (tipped to be be part of the Davis Cup team in February) but fell at the first hurdle to top-seeds Nestor/Zimonjic.

Links:
Order of Play: tinyurl.com/2bwkee
Singles Draw: tinyurl.com/ywnnug
Doubles Draw: tinyurl.com/3cosdd
Live Scoring: tinyurl.com/32q48z
Live Streaming: tinyurl.com/2ymeza


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comment by nottins (U1220860)

posted Jan 7, 2008

Ancic who managed to get to the 4th round once in his 1st 8 GS events ? That's better than Murray's 3 in his 1st 8 GS events is it ? doh

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comment by jim040z (U7242159)

posted Jan 7, 2008

for the record . king kong.... sorry biscuits is a known aussie hater . many a time he has insulted the greatest sporting nation ever. i offered him a punch up .. and he quickly withdrew certain remarks . .... enuff said.

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posted Jan 7, 2008

nottins, if you need further evidence of the pure class of gj's heartthrob Mario Ancic, note this fact:

Of the 16 players to make the fourth round of the Aussie Open last year, 14 are now occupying the top 14 spots in the rankings. The other two, the players that haven't made the grade in the meantime are Mardy Fish and...

guess who
smiley

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comment by nottins (U1220860)

posted Jan 7, 2008

So you admit Murray has a better GS record than Ancic at the start of his career ? But you're clutching at straws with your remark about the Aus open and rankings ? I was under the impression Murray was ranked 9th ? Baghdatis, 16th and Ancic 85th ?

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posted Jan 7, 2008

nottins have you just posted in the wrong thread by mistake? That last comment makes absolutely no sense and doesn't appear to be relating to any of the preceding ones.

If by some chance you were aiming it at my previous comment I would point out:

a) I am not gj

and

b) I was agreeing with you doh

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comment by nottins (U1220860)

posted Jan 7, 2008

Ooops blush For some reason I could have sworn it was gj who had posted that.

I skim read it and thought he'd had a memory lapse about AM's ranking smiley

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posted Jan 7, 2008

biscuits

i thought you were a good guy but of you have made offensive comments about australia like jim says you ahve may be i have got you wrong

so you are you innocent or guilty of making offensive comments about australia



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posted Jan 7, 2008

gj it is physically impossible to insult Australia winkeye

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