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by WorpleGore (U6764470) 05 January 2008
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Andy Murray has had a fantastic start to the new season and there is no reason why he cannot win the title today. I wish him well.
Now we see the start of the new season with 3 tournaments with the top players scattered amongst the 3 and some not even playing. Federer for example.
The remainder are playing the best of 3 sets in the 3 small tournaments. This week has been a good test of these players form. And Andy Murray has shone.
Now apart from Davydenko he was expected to beat his opponents. Well he was even expected to beat Davydenko in truth due to his good record.
The problem is people are getting carried away and saying he is going to win a Slam this year. But I think a truer test would be to wait until the A.O . When all the top players will be playing and its best of 5 over 2 weeks.
If he does well there then we are ready to rock and roll and I think he will have a fantastic year. At the moment it is far to early to tell although the omens are good.
The funny thing is some on here are now comparing Murray to Henman and are saying Henman was a loser and Murray is a TRUE winner.
I would like to put the record straight by saying that people have very short memories. Tim Henman got to numerous smaller tournament finals . Henman was twice a finalist in Doha. Murray is not unique there. He has a long way to go to match Tim Henmans achievements. The potential is definitely there no question. But a truer test is the Grand Slams. A couple of semis or finals in the next 3 years and we could seriously start talking a British G.S champion at last .
Until then. Patience. Patience. Lets not get carried away.
Even though we do see the winds of change upon us

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posted Jan 8, 2008

getting far in australian open is always going to be hard.

firstly because its a big event and its very easy to let the pressure overcome you.
also you can get a bad draw and end up with federer or nadal in the third round etc.

but arguably murrays best surface is hard court as it suits his power play.

hes has a great start to the season so i expect him to at least reach the last 16 but im not being over confident.

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comment by slasher (U7328591)

posted Jan 8, 2008


I would agree that Federer is definitely in a league of his own, you cant but admire his incredible tennis. Nadal although super on clay has yet to really prove his worth at both the Australian Open and US Open. He did well to get to two wimlebdon finals though. He has looked mainly out of sorts the past number of months with injuries granted.

I am only bringing up nalby because of the fact that I thought we were discussing other possible winners away from the norm, ie fed and nadal. I actually really admire what murray has achieved and in time he could achieve a great deal but I am going by achivements to date and who are the most likely from the outsiders to prevail. If he finds his form, I think Naldbandian is the most dangerous and I am sure that Fed and Nadal would probably see it this way too.

Although inconsistent, I would go for Nalbandian though I think Djokovic can be brilliant on his day and I like his style of tennis.

All in all, I think its great that for once this year more than most there, there are a few more candidates who could spring a surprise particularly at the Aussie Open.

I say good luck to Murray and fair play if he pulls it off but I think its very doubtful. Though I am a big federer fan, I am hoping for somebody different to win the Australian Open.

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posted Jan 8, 2008

For sure we can only go on current form and the fact that fed, in slams, is the ONE to beat. So on current form Andy Murray is it, how he finished last season, with 3 months off, was pretty amazing and how he has started this season with new people behind him is also pretty amazing. You have got to agree that some of his shot making is out of no book or manual, you cannot teach some of the stuff he comes up with. Soon his tennis brain will be finely tuned and will catch up with his ability, power, speed and all round game, then he will be awesome.
Let us just see what he does at Kooyong and then at the Aus Open.
I agree with slashermcguirk in that there will be a few more candidates for the title and could be an upset and not just feds tummy.

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posted Jan 8, 2008

The way I see Murray's chances hinge on a likely quarter final match against Federer.If he can get through this, then it's his tournament to lose. I'm not normally a betting man. But I believe you can get 16/1 on Murray. Sounds like a big price to me.

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posted Jan 8, 2008

I agree with you kingof thebiscuits about Henmans knockers.
A disgraceful bunch ;)

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posted Jan 8, 2008

His progress would depend on how Novak, Nalbandian and Federer fare. He should reach at least the quarterfinal.

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comment by Cameron (U9547391)

posted Jan 8, 2008

Quarter Finals, no more.

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posted Jan 9, 2008

Of course there re always a few more players who are being looked upon every yera to suprise the legendary Federer but then it all changes once the MAB hits the road.

For there to be a new champion,Federer has to be eliminated before the 1/4. Once this guy steps in to the 1/4,he bomes super natural from there on.

Dont forget,the players who have suffered the biggest humiliation in Federer's hands are always the people who were expected to beat him,in other words the suprise packages. the reason to that is because,they only get to meet hima from the 1/4 onward after the guy has incarnated his super natural self.

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posted Jan 9, 2008

Jet lag, injured, this guy is going to be boring us to death with these excuses for the rest of his career. I am reading that some think he will take over from Roger Federer ahahhahaha. The guy wont win anything worth mentioning.

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posted Jan 9, 2008

"Funny how Andy Murry is referred to as a Briton when he wins and Scottish when losing, typical of the English sports press"

How about you do some research? I've check the articles on a number of newspapers websites AND the BBC - and in ALL of them Andy Murray is ONLY referred to as the British No1 - and then always referred to as a Scot!

me too

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4619129.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4380000/newsid_4387700/4387768.stm


http://www.girlstalksports.com/More-Sports/Tennis/Andy-Murray%92s-comeback-fails-as-he-loses-to-Fabio-Fognini-200708082710/
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article2639471.ecehttp://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/article8802.ece
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7172057.stm

I could go on.........

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