Andy Murray - perfect timing?

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Andy Murray - perfect timing?

Post by BJ. » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:30 am

From the Beeb

To a cynical old sod like myself, this smacks of nothing more than trying to get the country on his side before the fortnight yawnfest that is Wimbledon.
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Post by Darc Tiger » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:03 pm

The documentary last night was actually really good, and I think it is good the Beeb are doing their best to build his image. Especially as the media have a tendency to stitch him up ever since that bit of banter with Henman over the football.

The amount of stick he gets is frankly disgusting to me, considering he is one of the best athletes on the planet, consistently mixing it with the greats of the sport. And mainly just because he isn't all smiles and sunshine in front of the camera.

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Post by tigerburnie » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:59 pm

I wouldn't say he was one of the best athletes, he really struggled yesterday, if he can't win this year with most of the opposition already out, he probably never will win it.
He's the best we've had for a long time, but he isn't convincing yet, hope he wins it, but he seems to be out of condition to me.
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Re: Andy Murray - perfect timing?

Post by Darc Tiger » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:38 pm

He isn't. He just tends to look knackered during most of his matches, but that's just how he looks on court. :smt005 Not in top gear yet, but still hasn't dropped a set, and comfortably better than everyone he has come up against so far when he gets in his stride. On grass I think only Djokovic can stop him. A few danger men left, but only Janowicz in Murray's half of the draw.

Personally, I think top tennis players are among the best athletes in the world. The level of fitness you need is ridiculous. Both in the short term, where they can end up on court for hours every other day (or more), and in the long term, as the tour schedule is long, and brutal. And then combining it with the technical skillset needed. They are amazing specimens.

I think some people, who perhaps don't follow the tennis particularly closely, can under-appreciate Murray a bit. I think when he retires, people will find out just how special a talent he is.

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Post by Hull Fan » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:26 pm

His fitness levels looked fine in the 5th set yesterday.
He really has improved in the last 2-3 years and while still just behind Novak he is number 2 in the world for a reason.
The main bit for me is that at times he needs to be slightly more aggressive in shot selection, this too has improved since Lendl started to coach him.
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Post by tigerburnie » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:40 pm

He showed a lot of courage and tenacity to come from 2-0 down, but he was so tired he couldn't get his first serves in and was showing signs of slowing down round the court. If his recovery is good he should be ok for tomorrow, he's still young and not yet at his physical peak, but still a bit to go for me before he becomes a great athlete.He is already a greater tennis player than we've had since Noah was a lad, his new coach is making some good progress with him.
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Re: Andy Murray - perfect timing?

Post by WhitecapTiger » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:46 pm

Played very well against the local lad tonight :smt002 :smt002
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Re: Andy Murray - perfect timing?

Post by Darc Tiger » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:16 pm

Tricky one that. Janowicz has a hell of an arm. Murray played a clever and patient game to get that win. Served excellently in reply too. Has one massive hurdle left in Djokovic. Is it his year?

And I say anyone doubting top tennis players as some of the greatest athletes needs only to look at the Djokovic vs Del Potro semi-final. A wonderful exhibition and physical, technical and mental strength.

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Post by Maximus66 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:39 pm

After Andy Murray's wonderful win today, I'd say modern tennis is truly all about supreme fitness, athleticism and mental strength.

To beat a player as talented as Novak Djokovic on a boiling hot centre court, in three straight sets took a lot of determination and a considerable amount of flair of his own :smt038

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Re: Andy Murray - perfect timing?

Post by Darc Tiger » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:41 pm

:smt040

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Post by Ze Stade Fan » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:04 pm

And let us not forget that the VERY LUCKY miss Bartoli nicked a Women's title without facing an opponent from the Top 10! :smt026

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Re: Andy Murray - perfect timing?

Post by biffer » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:20 pm

Very proud. In the last twelve months he's won the US Open, the Olympics, Wimbledon and been runner up at the Australian open. No one else has done so much in that time period.

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Re: Andy Murray - perfect timing?

Post by BJ. » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:57 am

After watching snippets of Wimbledon, I've decided top-flight footballers are no longer the most pampered sports people out there - tennis players are.

I cringed every time I saw one of the ballboys/girls, a) run up to a player, offering a towel to wipe their sweaty brow, b) fetch a drink for them between games or, and worst of all, c) subserviently hold an umbrella over them between matches to shield them from the sun.
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Re: Andy Murray - perfect timing?

Post by Skin_and_Muscle » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:22 am

I heard that joke somewhere the other day; 'want to feel like a tennis player? Wipe your brow unnecessarily with a towel every so often then hurl it at a small child.'
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