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Andy Roddick 3 - 1 Andy Murray

by Tom (U2600703) 03 July 2009
Date:
3 July 2009
Venue:
Centre Court
Competition:
Wimbledon
Attendance:
15,000
Player of the match:
Roddick
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First thing's first, a lot of credit has to go to Roddick. His gameplan was (a) superb, and (b) perfectly executed. He stuck to his guns throughout.

On top of that, that has to be one of his best ever serving performances to boot. 80% at 130mph + AND very good placement is about as good as it gets.

On the other hand, Murray will look at this match as a major missed opportunity. Unlike Roddick, his serving was mediocre. Specifically, his 1st serve was very hit and miss today. When it worked, it was awesome. When it didn't, he was up against it. He needs to establish a 1st delivery that is a solid 65% throughout. In the first and third sets, the games where he was broken he hardly put a first serve in. THAT is when he will be punished more.

People are going to identify Murray's 2nd serve as a weakness. Bottom line is that it is. When he serves 70% on the 1st serve, it's a reasonable delivery to back it up with. When he serves around 50%, THIS is when he gets picked off with it.

I felt that today he didn't really adjust his tactics to compensate Roddick's plan. Roddick had no intention of attacking the 1st serve, and Murray is at least a 60/40 favourite in most baseline rallies. Murray should have concerned himself with taking a fraction off the 1st serve and getting into play. For a player who is usually quite astute tactically, I'm surprised he didn't read this play.

The other thing I hope Murray learns from this match is that there are some players you have to take the game to. Stroke for stroke, Murray is a superior player to Roddick (and most others), but he never asserted that today. The Murray against Ferrero never turned up here.

Last winter, Murray really stepped his fitness up an extra notch. This close-season coming, he needs to develop his aggressive game and work on putting together a 2nd serve that has more variety. I'm not sure he necessarily needs more pace, but he needs to be confident that he can slice wide (deuce)/ down the T (ad) and kick down the T (deuce)/ kick wide (ad) consistently. Hitting the corners will help him no-end.

When all said and done, he lost to a better man on the day. Best of luck to Roddick in the final. If he can bring that sort of serving performance back to Centre Court on Sunday, he has an outside chance.

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comment by QUddin (U10921225)

posted Jul 4, 2009

One point which is missing in comments that the British crowd and media have no respect before their lower middle class player who can only win the tournaments of all kind but not Grand Slam.

Murray has got no sports ethics at all, remind the match against Wawrinka. He was so much bad behaving and disrespectful to the opponent that he was clearly exposed with his ugly attitude.

There is no doubt that he has improved a lot in play but what about the behaviour in court. Remind again the way he was urging the crowd to support him though the whole 15000 Brits were doing their biased job as usually well. I have never seen such a supersitious player who insisits on using the same ball which wins him a point at the end. I think we all know that good game behaviour performance win the points but not the same ball.

Can he play five sets against any class player like FEDNAD, surely can't which is evident in the Wawrinka match, the way he was exhausted at the end.

I think Murray is a good player but people don't like him due to the biased and boasting Brit media and his disrespect and attitude in the court.

And please I request the rest that never ever imagine to compare him with any Greats, he is not more than Tim Henman this is where he should remain.

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posted Jul 4, 2009

Can you see what you did wrong there .


Not really - no. The point I am making is that one major win would have elevated him to the cusp of being number one. The problem is the same in the women's game where Safina is somehow number one without having won a major - as with Jankovic at the end of 2008. There is not enough emphasis on the majors. My view is that Murray will be number one and a multiple major winner (Nadal may be of similar age but his playing style takes too great a toll on his body) - just not yet!

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posted Jul 4, 2009

1) Crowd out of order
2) British press pathetic
3) Murray shows that his behaviour hasn't improved and that he continues to be a bad loser by swearing/being rude and shouting at the umpire/walking off
4) He just ain't good enough
Scotland can keep their number one. If I was a Scot, I might go for Kenny Dalgliesh or Monty (assuming we are talking about sport)as number one, but there's no accounting for tastes.

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posted Jul 4, 2009

I'm partying due to Marray being out! That has absolutely made my week! Long may he keep getting disappointment in his career!

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posted Jul 4, 2009

Oh dear, a great number of 'Brits' don't like Murray and I wonder why; maybe cos he is selfish and spoilt, grabbing most of the British tennis sponsorship money and refusing to play in the 'Davis Cup'( injury.... ha ha ) because there is no money in it for him. His attitude was even worse in the Olympics !
However he is a very good player indeed and one day he will grow up, sadly probably too late to impress. Henman, whom he replaced, was a gentleman and a great embassador for the UK as well as being in the top ten of world players, which is no mean feat.
Full marks to them both but please Andy, become a man and stop doing stupid adverts, at least until you retire!
Of which, Federer to win the title; how many cups has Roddick won since his brash airline advert?

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posted Jul 4, 2009

comment by Tom (U2600703)
posted Yesterday

I should also add that even with Murray playing at only around 80% of his total ability, in the end it was a couple of tie-breaks that slipped by. These are not massive margins.

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What caused him to play at only around 80% of his total ability? Injury? Anxiety cos of pressure, or lack of will to win a major?

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posted Jul 5, 2009

The margins at this level are minimal, Roddick played out of his skin and Murray was too passive, 2nd serve 79mph. If sport was always predictable what would be the point in watching. Murray is a different type of player to anything these Isles have produced, he may never fulfill his potential but on the other hand maybe he has already! Like so many Roger Taylor, Sangster, Henman & Rudeski great players but they reached their limits and were always found wanting at the very highest level.
Murray is the best of Scotland and number three in the world that is where he is and probably will remain for a while.
Roddick to win today if he shows the same determination as he did against Murray!
Once again a summer of sporting nearlies Lions, Murray, 20/20, U21 footie, Us Open Golf and still to come, The Open? and the Ashes? Get used to it being British, Scottish, English, Welsh or Irish is not easy when it comes to sport, but there is nobody like us really when it comes to winning, it just doesn't happen that often to get used to it! C'mon Harrington make it three in a row! doh

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posted Jul 5, 2009

haha murray every shot he won he had his fist in the air and HES SCOTISH!!! agree wi portodelpiasso he was a bad loser! nadal wud destroy him any day :L:L

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posted Jul 5, 2009

super_aidy have you lost your marbles? or been drinking too much Irn Bru? Andy Murray is actually Scottish.

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