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Go on Andy

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posted Jan 26, 2011

No excuses now.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Would have been a 5* article, if you weren't a Ger. :p

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comment by U14752112

posted Jan 26, 2011

Le_Bon_Don,

a was just about to ask you what team you supported but then I clicked..

Baaaaaaaaaa, ko haha

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posted Jan 26, 2011

im goin up greenhill with a 3 litre n turnin it into murray mount

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Looks to me like this might be the best chance Murray will get to win a slam.

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comment by deperer (U1960100)

posted Jan 26, 2011

If Murray is reading this - No excuses!

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posted Jan 26, 2011

No mike I disagree. If Federer loses against Djokovic I would then agree.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Can he beat Federer when it matters though?

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posted Jan 26, 2011

except that ferrer is actually decent and can beat murray, situation doesnt change much, if ferrer can beat nadal then murray will be easy money

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Ferrer beat an injured Nadal first and foremost. It will be a big test for Murray and will need to up his level from today and serve better and if he does that he should win. Hard court record in head-to-head:- Andy Murray 2 David Ferrer 0

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comment by U14752112

posted Jan 26, 2011

I can't see Murray ever betaing Federer in a Grand Slan final.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Maybe or maybe not. I'd just like to see him get a foothold in the match and see how Federer plays him. Belief at Slam level is all that is needed as he has proven time and again he can beat the GOAT in Masters Cup time and again.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Ferrer has never taken a set off Murray on HC.
Murray is definitely the favourite.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Ferrer is no mug, however, Andy has beaten him both times they've played on the hard courts so should win comfortably, especially if he continues to serve the way he has been.

Make no mistakes though, Federer and Djokovic are both former Australian Open champs and if Murray does make the final it will be no stroll in the park!

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Always prior to this tournament and others I always fancy Andy's chances more against Rafa than Roger Federer. Proof is in Murray's record in Slams against Nadal which is decent but against Federer it is bad and something he needs to look to address.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Murray has as much support in England as we get off Scotland in the World Cups (which they never qualify for)

C'mon Ferrer

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Cal Craig, you're spot on about results in the slams but Murray has an excellent record against Federer in Masters. I personally think he bottled it in last years final and the '08 US Open final. He's got the beating of Federer, he just doesn't have the bottle, it would seem, for the big matches.....yet!! <ok>

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comment by jinius (U7565050)

posted Jan 26, 2011

Isolating slam statistics doesn't really give a true picture. Murray is 8-6 against Federer but 4-9 against Nadal. So he has a 50/50 chance against Federer on average, but loses twice as many as he wins to Nadal. To put it simply he always has a chance against Fed but rarely troubles Rafa.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Agree with the guy saying if it's a Federer/Murray final he hopes Murray gives a better account of himself. Federer played brilliant last year but Murray wasn't at his best.

Having said that, I feel Djokovic will beat him in the final, to provoke more 'mentally weak' comments etc etc..

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posted Jan 26, 2011

I would just like to wish Ferrer all the best and lets hope he can take Murray out in the semi.

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comment by piehutt (U2449572)

posted Jan 26, 2011

Will be very interesting.

Murray and Federer are favourites to progress, but there's no doubt that all results are possible.

Difficult to know how much Rafa's injury effected him, but I think it's fair to say that given how emphatic Ferrer's victory was that anyone in the top 50 would probably have beaten a wounded Rafa today.

That said the semi is wide open, but I think Murray is slight favourite.

Fed / Murray final again... reckon Murray could take care of that. He will have so much desire to succeed, and Federer can't replicate that.

Fed has shown he is vulnerable in Slams now, age perhaps a factor, as well as his hunger compared to others.

Just hope Murray can get over the line, as surely it will start to become a big monkey on his back if he can't take a slam now.

No doubt, this is his best chance. He's not had too much court time, had decent quality matches, is 100% fit, the weather is cool and he couldn't really have hand picked the draw much better.

If he didn't win it now, his mind may start to get the better of him and it may be hard to keep motivated.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

If Murray fails to win this one, then he never will. Sorry to say this, but I reckon he will bottle it again.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

This is Federer's to lose. The EXPERIENCE he has in these sort of situations..plus, the fact Nadal is out will have given him such a massive boost. He absolutely destroyed all the top players (except Nadal) at the WTF..whilst he will probably get tested more in this tournament, I still expect him to pull through and land his 17th grand slam title.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Come on Andy Murray :).

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Murray will never win a Major title.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Nadel the only player to not lose when fit! hahaha!! Fed is the Goat! Murray not a hope!

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posted Jan 26, 2011

due to ferrer not really havin a serve then murray will win

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comment by BOO (U12535530)

posted Jan 26, 2011

Murray will never win a Major title

Football wum:

and Arsenal will never win the Champions League - Never

and as for Bristol City getting to the premier league - Dream On <laugh>

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comment by Damo (U14183616)

posted Jan 26, 2011

The reality is that if Fed and Murray make the final then the odds well stacked against Murray. He is always in with a chance until the last point is won, but to beat one of the best ever players will be a very tough ask. I'm not sure Murray as the mental resolve but he definately has the skill if he plays well.

Come on Murray!

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posted Jan 26, 2011

That said the semi is wide open, but I think Murray is slight favourite.
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this is not what the bookmakers think at all. The best price you can get for Murray is 2/7. He is generally shorter:

http://www.oddschecker.com/tennis/australian-open/mens-australian-open/david-ferrer-v-andy-murray/winner

Frankly Murray is a strong favourite to beat Ferrer and it will be a major shock if he loses.

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comment by holte67 (U1915817)

posted Jan 26, 2011

Just read all 30 posts and the depth of understanding on the board is really pathetic. Only three previous posters mention Djokovic. personally I don't like him but he has been quite superb right through and I wouldn't be surprised if he beat Fed. Djokovic v Murray would be a close call.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Holte

most of the replies on this thread are from non-tennis fans so most are ill informed.

No offence to them but you are not going to get sensible replies from folks that watch tennis for 4 weeks a year.

To be fair, the thread is called "Go on Andy" so it's ok to talk about Murray

Current odds for the title:

Federer 11/10
Murray 2/1
Djoko 4/1
Ferrer 12/1

Djoko and Ferrer are the outsiders because they are the underdogs in their semi finals

But no doubt, Nole is capable of winning

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posted Jan 26, 2011

To hammer Berdych the way he did makes Djokovic the form player.The winner comes out of that match between him and Federer

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posted Jan 26, 2011

When did Fed last beat Djokovic in a Grand Slam?

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posted Jan 26, 2011

The winner comes out of that match between him and Federer
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only if it's Federer can you be confident.

Murray would be no worse than evens (50% chance) to beat Djokovic having won their last 3 mayches in straight sets.

we will know more tomorrow

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comment by lalx3 (U14676640)

posted Jan 26, 2011

Wow, has Rafa ever lost and not been injured?? Surely once he will lose to someone who simply plays better?

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Yes he is decent and can beat Murray, but you can't assume that based on the fact he beat Nadal, because 1) reasoning 'A can beat B, B can beat C, therefore A can beat C', simply doesn't work in sport as it takes not account of the match-up in styles, and 2) Ferrer would have been beaten by a fit Nadal. For once I don't think Nadal's fitness is an excuse, he very obviously looked out of sorts today.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Here comes some of the 'bottled it' comments again. I wonder if these people that claim this has ever participated at sport at ANY level. Just because you lose, doesn't mean you bottled it. Federer was exceptional in the Final last year, as was Nadal in the Wimbledon semi. Murray didn't play badly or 'bottle it' in any of these matches. If he was a 'bottler' he wouldn't have won as many masters as he has...and before the 'grand slam is a different animal' comments come in, yes, they are harder, but these are professionals who want to win every match they play. They are not robots, and sometimes the guy/girl across the net may just play a blinder and you have to hold your hand up and say, 'too good, but next time i'll try harder.'

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Obviously it would be a massive disappointment if Murray were to fall at the semi-final stage to a player ranked below him and who, at his best, he should beat.

However, it would be equally gruelling for him if he was beaten in his third consecutive grand slam final by Federer. He might start to think his game has not progressed since this time last year, that he'll never beat Federer in 5 sets and worse that he'll never win a grand slam.

For Murray's sake, I hope Djokovic upsets Federer in a really tiring 5 setter to give him the best chance of at least breaking his grand slam duct, before thinking about beating the greatest ever player on the way to a title.

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comment by Lewis (U14285370)

posted Jan 26, 2011

I expect Murray to beat Ferrer as its on a hard court. Federer vs Djokovich will be much closer. I think Federer will just edge that one.

Be amazed if its a Ferrer Djokovich final. Anyway good luck to all the semi finalists. Hope its a Murray Federer final because i don't mind who wins that. and i think that would be a tight match.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

Ferrer is playing well at the moment and certainly can't be written off.

I'm hoping for a good match and a Ferrer win. Won't be able to stand the media reaction if Mr. grumpy gets through.

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posted Jan 26, 2011

I said on another thread that Murray would need a bit of luck to win this and I think with Nadal going out that may be the boost he needs.I honestly can see him winning it this year and beating Federer too in the final. He is getting stronger every year and Federer's age may eventually start to catch up on him this year.

Come on Andy

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posted Jan 26, 2011

COME ON ANDY

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posted Jan 26, 2011

As I read it:
Murray will beat Ferrer, as someone correctly pointed out, the Spaniard doesn't have a serve with which he can accrue easy points, nor does he possess any particularly big shots.

Whether he goes on to face Djokovic or Federer (Djokovic in my opinion) I think the result is more dependent on how either of those 2 play in the final than it does on how Murray plays.

The difference between Murray's best and worse is less than that of the other 2 players in my opinion, but their highest level is greater than that of Murray's.

Did that make sense? I cant be bothered to read it through. :-)

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posted Jan 27, 2011

A big mention should go to George Morgan as well who is into the semi-finals of the boys tournament. 17-years-old and he has previously won the Orange Bowl. One to look out for.

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