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Live - Murray v Petzschner

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So, we're barely seven days into 2009 and already the hype and expectation surrounding Britain's finest - Andy Murray - is bordering on lunacy (or is it?).

While most of us were welcoming the return to work in 2009 with all the excitement of a kid who has been told by his parents he has just been signed up for Saturday school, Muzza was launching into the new season with wins over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on his way to the World Tennis Tournament exhibition title in Dubai.

And now, with less than two weeks until the start of the Australian Open, many are tipping the young Scot for a bumper year in the Grand Slams.

First, though, he faces Philipp Petzschner in the second round of the Qatar Open. Any bets on how long this one will last?

news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/ten...

PP is a 24-year-old German, ranked 66 in the world, right-handed and has just the one career title and $690,389 (460,000) career earnings to his name to date.

This pair have never met before but widespread opinion is that PP should have few weapons to trouble the in-form Murray. Which is quite clearly a huge kiss of death, so apologies for that.

What are we thinking folks?

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comment by sol517 (U11935861)

posted Jan 8, 2009

what do you expect? this UK... go to BBC world! ATP front page purely Nadal biased...

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posted Jan 8, 2009

Wee Nads has lost the first set to Monfils!

It would be a pity if Scotland's No1 can't take on the World's No1 in the final.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

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Murray would want to play Nadal as much as possible in the run up to any grand slam to try and figure him out.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

lol - thought that would get under the skin of the Scots. The guy i was responding to made an abusive comment about the English being arrogant, i was just making the point that Mr Murray is not solely a product of Scotland. And isn't Fred Perry an English company and i'm pretty sure RBS is owned by the English government so that blows that little chestnut sky high doesn't it smiley

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posted Jan 8, 2009

And what's the size of Glasgow got to do with Murray's development as a player, this garbage about tax, how is this remotely relevant. Murray was an LTA funded player and still trains at the national tennis centre, sure he's Scottish but that's not what the argument was about. Most of the scots are trying to renounce the English for supporting Murray, we're not claiming he's English but we're entitled to support him without getting this 'Stay away from him he's ours' drivel. I'm sure there's some Scots supporting Lewis Hamilton out there as he's British but we're not getting all touchy about it.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

Wow, Wee Nads was thumped good and proper by Monfils!

Only the Fed to take care of and the title is as good as retained!

Scotland's No1 is virtually the Scottish World No1 elect!

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posted Jan 8, 2009

And what's the size of Glasgow got to do with Murray's development as a player, this garbage about tax, how is this remotely relevant. Murray was an LTA funded player and still trains at the national tennis centre, sure he's Scottish but that's not what the argument was about. Most of the scots are trying to renounce the English for supporting Murray, we're not claiming he's English but we're entitled to support him without getting this 'Stay away from him he's ours' drivel. I'm sure there's some Scots supporting Lewis Hamilton out there as he's British but we're not getting all touchy about it.
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erm no we're not. I'm perfectly happy myself supporting british athletes and am perfectly happy with other brits doing the same. If they don't want to because of regional loyalties I also don't care about that.

what I object too is your "it's a shame you use produce when it's really england and spain" arguement.

for one, I don't even agree with the notion that countries should be trying to leach credit off athletes. secondly I am irritated by the fact you see public funding as purely english affair.

the LTA are funded by BRITAIN, the same nation murray represents. not england. murray recieved british funding, and as a brit if there was to be some sort of taking credit for an athletes "production" scots are as entitled to be taking credit for it as english are.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

And isn't Fred Perry an English company and i'm pretty sure RBS is owned by the English government so that blows that little chestnut sky high doesn't it
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the english government? I really wasn't aware of the existence of such a thing.


could you perhaps provide some further information?

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posted Jan 8, 2009

Rupert leBear - you mean British Broadcasting CORPORATION.

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comment by Bravo (U10328663)

posted Jan 8, 2009

Illegal coaching? What's that?

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