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The Final Step

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by CaledonianCraig (U1934952) 15 August 2010
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Tonight Andy Murray has shown that he has what it takes to beat the very best. With back-to-back straight sets wins against two of the greatest players of all-time and becoming the first player to defend a Canadian title since Andre Agassi sixteen years ago it is evident now that Andy now just has to make that final step as in getting to a Slam Final and playing to the standards we know he can. WUM's can look for ways to berate and lie about him but they cannot argue he has just beaten two legends of the game in consecutive days in straight sets.

Well done Andy and best of luck in the coming month.

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posted Aug 17, 2010

"And if Del Potro can beat Federer at the US Open, so can Murray."

Biscuits, I've been reading your posts, agree with most of them (well, you seem to be quite confident Murray would beat Federer or Nadal in NYC, we'll see :) ) but I was wondering about this statement. Why do you think this is? For me, Del Potro's and Murray's gamestyles are not even comparable, so to compare them like that made me curious.

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posted Aug 17, 2010

And if Del Potro can beat Federer at the US Open, so can Murray."

Biscuits, I've been reading your posts, agree with most of them (well, you seem to be quite confident Murray would beat Federer or Nadal in NYC, we'll see ) but I was wondering about this statement. Why do you think this is? For me, Del Potro's and Murray's gamestyles are not even comparable, so to compare them like that made me curious.
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biscuits is the font of all tennis knowledge..you'll have to gain his respect as a tennis pundit, or he'll dis you fella ! <laugh> <ok>

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posted Aug 17, 2010

sis I simply meant that Del Potro brought to an end Federer's period of invincibility at the US Open. He showed he can now be beaten at the tournament. Hence there is hope for other players, including Andy. Nothing to do with comparing their styles, although of course Andy has beaten Roger a lot more often than Del Potro has.

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posted Aug 17, 2010

Oh ok, I understand your reasoning but still, I don't think Murray needed Del Potro to show that Federer can be beaten. I don't think the reason for Andy's two GS finals losses have anything to do with his mental block, it's just that Federer simply played too good. I think because of Del Potro's style, he might find it easier to "overpower" Federer and he can rely on his serve more too. Murray simply has to play like he did last week.

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posted Aug 17, 2010

sis you're overanalysing what was simply a rhetorical flourish really. I wasn't comparing anyone with anything.

And I'm not aware of having said that Murray will beat Nadal and Federer at the US Open either. I very rarely make blanket statements like that and when I do I do it at least half in jest.

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posted Aug 17, 2010

nope

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posted Aug 17, 2010

when does murray play his first game?

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posted Aug 17, 2010

Tomorrow.

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posted Aug 17, 2010

ok thanks

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posted Aug 19, 2010

As much as this is an excellent result for Murray, it must be recognised that when he has played Federer or Nadal in a Grand Slam event both players have stepped up a gear.

Murray cannot be judged by this win however impressive it is - only when we see it in a Slam Final will he recognise his true potential. At Wimbledon, and contrary to some pundits critique I thought he was exceptional, so much better than in his previous SW19 encounter with Nadal. The problem was that Nadal made zero mistakes and in the end Murray just ran out of steam.

What is clear is that Murray's best game is by being aggressive and taking some chances and in the absence of a coach, it appears to have unleashed the true competitor in him. He is good enough to win a Slam, there is no doubt. He is one of the best service returners and the way he mixes up play is a powerful weapon. But he is prone to misjudgment on shot selection at times (the drop shot most famously).

Unfortunately at the moment its a matter of a few points that stops Andy taking a well deserved title but anyone who thinks he does not have what it takes is talking nonsense. If nothing else, the psychological boost wil give him some much needed self belief and I expect him to be a handful in the US Open.

One last point - Tim Henman. Does anyone else find it painful listening to him pick fault with Andy's game? Andy is twice the player Tiger Tim ever was and he is mixing it with two of the best players ever to grace a court.

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