Bogdanovic flatters to deceive again
by Caroline Cheese (U1647853) 19 September 2008
“It's not just how he's hit the ball, but the whole presence he brings onto the court. His body language was not good and he seemed to accept defeat way too early. He sent everyone in the crowd to sleep.”
Murray lives for the big stage, Bogdanovic looks like he would rather be somewhere – anywhere - elseIn fairness to Bogdanovic, it was not a match he was expected to win. He is ranked 121 places lower than Austrian number one Melzer. But even when he had taken a 6-3 4-1 lead, Bogdanovic never really looked like he expected to win either, and once the second set slipped out of his grasp, he fell apart in alarming fashion as the crowd lost interest and wandered off for lunch.
They returned in time to see Andy Murray polish off Alex Peya in straight sets. The world number four was rarely at his best but he never looked like losing. What a contrast to Bogdanovic. Murray lives for the big stage, his compatriot looks like he would rather be somewhere – anywhere - else.
But if Britain lose Saturday’s doubles, it may be on Bogdanovic’s slender shoulders that the team’s hopes rest when he plays the fifth rubber against Peya on Sunday. It could be a chance to redeem himself in spectacular fashion. “It's just another challenge for me, just to go out there and give everything I can and just to see what I can do,” said Bogdanovic, in almost parrot fashion on Friday.
The trouble is, going on his previous record, it’s just not very convincing anymore.
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