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Murray v Lopez

Masters Series
by Tom Fordyce (U2883712) 21 April 2008
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Who said they didn't like Mondays?

Forget piles of paperwork, traffic jams and the five days of tedium that stand in the way before the next slice of weekend joy - your week is starting with live text commentary of Andy Murray vs Feliciano Lopez: news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/ten... .

All thoughts on the match as it progresses welcome here - and as always, I'll spoon the cream directly onto the live report.

It's the stuff of dreams, no?

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posted Apr 21, 2008

Good competent win from Murray despite the obligatory cack drop shots at important points.

New clay coach seems to have been a good move, instilling the need for patience on the red stuff and not getting too fiery if things go wrong.

Lets hope its a sign of a good clay season for AM.

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posted Apr 21, 2008

good to hear it...

altho i do support english golfers and tennis players. oh wait a minute there are no english tennis players<laugh>, i would never want the english team to win anything no matter who they were playing

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posted Apr 21, 2008

Wow, Murray won a match and it wasn't even against Federer! Nice one, Andy-drew!

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posted Apr 21, 2008

Rematch with Volandri. Last time they met (Hamburg last year), Murray was murdering him. And then came *that* injury... <erm>

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posted Apr 21, 2008

Oh no not Volandri again, he's got a magic button on his racquet that breaks Andy's wrist! <laugh>

By the by, I LOVE Tom Fordyce's commentary.. "like trying to smell music". He's a literary genius!

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posted Apr 21, 2008

Alex DeLarge where did I say in my post that i was referring to you in my comment about Lopez not "liking clay"? You shouldn't be so sensitive.

Sorry but reaching the 4th round at the French shows you have an idea about playing on the surface or are you going to claim that's not really playing on clay either?

Either way good win for Andy IMO.

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posted Apr 21, 2008

He made the fourth round once. He made the second round once. He was knocked out in the first round five times. This makes him a better claycourter than Andy Roddick, but not by that much.

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posted Apr 22, 2008

I actually believe that clay could be Murray's best surface in the next couple of years. He certainly has the ground strokes and the ability to mix-up his shots which is an essential element to a good clay court game. Yes, he does need to learn more patience, but at least the drop shot on clay is a better percentage shot than on other surfaces. His movement is also very good now and again, this should provide him with the basics to be a strong contender on clay. He missed partically all of last season on the surface, so I would expect this year to be a bit of a learning process, but he has a good coach in Corretja and the basic game to do well. He also has no pressure now from defending ranking points so I expect him to reach the quarters/semis at least a couple of clay court tournaments this year. It would also be good if he could get his ranking back up inside the top 10 before RG.

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posted Apr 22, 2008

Sorry that was meant to be "practically"

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posted Apr 22, 2008

Agreed. His strengths are a low error percentage, shot variety, speed of movement and good returning, all of which are big assets on clay. On the minus side, whereas the serve is less important on clay than on other surfaces, Murray's serve is a weapon when it goes in on harder surfaces, and a double fault is still a double fault on clay.

We could be about to learn a lot in the next day or two.

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