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Murray will make it, says Ancic

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Having faced him on three occasions already this season, few opponents are in a better position to judge Andy Murray's progression better than Mario Ancic.

And the Croat, nicknamed "Baby Goran" following his famous victory over Roger Federer in 2002, is convinced British number one Murray has what is takes to win a Grand Slam title.

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Patience, Ancic says, is the key.

He is not a close friend of Murray's and was not speaking in such glowing terms for fear of upsetting the world number 11.

He genuinely feels Murray is set for the top but he is pleading with the British public and those around Murray to give him time.

Ancic should know - he broke into the top 10 at a similar age to what Murray is now before being ravaged by injury and illness.

There are punters on 606 who believe Ancic would be world number one if his progress had not been cruelly checked.

Controversially, in my opinion, Ancic says Murray's suspect temper is a good thing and he would be a lesser player without it.

Do you agree?

Murray has yet to win a match at Roland Garros so, allied to the fact that clay is the surface least favouring his style, the 21-year-old is unlikely to make an impact at this particular French Open.

But then we move on to Wimbledon and the US, which suit his game far more and he should be in with a shout.

I'd like to know what you think of Ancic's comments and whether you believe Murray has what it takes to win a Slam.

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posted May 23, 2008

"There are punters on 606 who believe Ancic would be world number one if his progress had not been cruelly checked."

Yes, but we all know how much weight to put on GJ's opinions. What next, Baghdatis for GOAT? <laugh>

Incidentally somebody had already posted a thread about this. Sticking a picture on it doesn't really add much.

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posted May 23, 2008

How is clay the surface that least favours Andy's style of play? He isn't Tim Henman, just because he is a brit doesn't mean he can't play from the back of the court!

Andy is a good baseliner, can retrieve well and hit crushing groundstrokes off both wings. Added to that he is by far the best brit I have ever seen at long rallies and he grew up playing in Barcelona on clay. So I don't think clay is such a hindrance to him as it was understandably to the serve volleyers: Rusedski and Henman.

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posted May 23, 2008

King of Hi-Vis,

The who point of this 606 thread is to link off the back of the feature. I respect all of your comments guys but it is quite obvious that the short article above is purely used to stimulate debate off the back of the feature.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7378337.stm

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posted May 23, 2008

jmb,

Andy has acknowledged that clay is his least favoured surface and his results bare the proof.

At no point have I insinuated in the feature that "just because he is a brit doesn't mean he can't play from the back of the court!"

In fact, if you read the Ancic quotes, he points out that Andy has some of the best ground-strokes in the world.

It is worth reading the feature before making flippant comments.

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posted May 23, 2008

"The who point of this 606 thread is to link off the back of the feature."

Well plenty of features have linked to threads that already existed in the past. And this one:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A36354639

links to the article and was (as I said) already on the site when you posted this.

It's not that we don't appreciate BBC experts posting articles here; I am frequently dismayed at the hiding Jonathan Overend gets every time he posts. It's just that someone had already taken the time to set something up about this feature and you effectively rolled over the top of it.

And I have read the article. And I do think Ancic is a nice bloke. And I do think he has some valid points to make about Murray. And I'm still struggling to remember anyone here tipping Ancic as a likely world number one. Even before his injuries.

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posted May 23, 2008

Mr O

I think King was pointing out that there was already a thread on the subject, not the article.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A36354639

Also I dont see why Murrays game shouldnt suit clay - I would have thought that his style would make him at least competent.

As for results , he only turned pro in 2005 and one wouldnt have expected too much in 2006.

In 2007 of course he suffered injury at Monte and then damaged his wrist at Hamburg whilst comfortably leading Volandri - this wiped most of the year out including the USO.

Maybe if he starts winning a few, he might like the surface better - at the moment we dont have too much evidence either way as to whether he's any good on the dirt. However as JMB says he did have quite a bit of experience on it as a youngster.

I dont think his "problems" particularly relate to surface at the moment.

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posted May 23, 2008

And I'm still struggling to remember anyone here tipping Ancic as a likely world number one
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King wasnt it Mac who saw Ancic as "the future of tennis" before injury and health stopped him in his tracks?

I think a few people saw him as a "potential" successor to Fed, but as we know potential and fulfilling it are not necessarily the same.

Its a tough old game.

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posted May 23, 2008

Perhaps you should also try consulting a dictionary before writing your replies David The word is bear in the context you used it not bare.
I also happen to believe more is made of this clay thing than it warrants. Andy's style is well suited to clay and it shouldn't be an insurmountable obstacle.
His real problem is that he hasn't yet translated his natural talent into consistency on the court and his emotions do sometimes get in the way.
I also believe that he made a mistake in his coaching set-up. Andy needs discipline because it is not natural to him but so far he has rejected that fact.

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posted May 23, 2008

Yes, but we all know how much weight to put on GJ's opinions. What next, Baghdatis for GOAT?
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Yep and Soderling for the next Grand slam <ok>

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posted May 24, 2008

There's plenty of time for Murray to mature, and seal his place in the British history books as being one of the greats......... His weaknesses, which he is well aware of........ will be addressed, and we will witness the fruits of his labors in the coming years. Tim Henman and Co would have given their left arms for half of his potential.........
<biggrin>

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