He has the tools, now he needs to figure out how to use them to win. Will he do it? I have no idea. If you could take Nadal's mind/heart and Murray's skills, you would have a hard court slam champ.
Yep, But my point was he has not got IMHO the correct people around him
Yep he has all the skills and tools (too many and needs to know when to use them), with Brad he was getting somewhere IMHO
Yep they didn't see eye to eye same with his previous coach Mark Petchy
Here is where the problem lies (from my view), he wants to be his own BOSS = wrong idea
He will not take advice from a "coach" - the break down of his two previous coaches
Mature he is not (if thinking he knows best - being his own Boss)
IMHO he surrounds himself with "YES " people (the easy option)
Hi Alison, you posted this in another thread:
Tennisveritas may I ask you your views on Andy Murray I only ask you as your are such an expert on Tennis, I would like to know your views on his game.
I only ask you on this thread as this is where most of your time is spent (or on the RF thread)
Would you bring your expert view over om my Andy Murray thread please?
It will make a change to hear your expert views on another player
And there in the other thread I did an answer but it was unnoticed by you I guess. Nevertheless, here my opinion I have posted there (BTW: I am far from a Tennis expert: I like and I am passionate by Tennis and I was until few years ago a decent player, but a part from that):
But this is why I do not see Pete as being a (potential) great coach: His game was based mainly on some elements that you cannot easily explain and teach to someone other: So, I really do not believe it will be a great idea for Djoko to have Pete as a coach to prepare Wimbledon, IMO, the "aggression to the net" (more than the "simple" S&V because it implies as well the charge on respond games) is something that can be done if and only if you have a player with superior skills either in term of anticipations (FED) or reflexes (Pete)..
Djoko is good on both (might be more in anticipations that reflexes) but he is not exceptional..IMO: the real guy who will be able to do more out there to aggress from the net is Andy Murray: Yes this guy, I saw him in the first week at RG (against Eysseric-VERY TALENTED LEFTY PLAYER BTW), he has a superior anticipations skills and the reflexes are also at a very high level:
Unfortunately, Murray does not believe enough on his own skills and weapons. Against Eysseric he started to play aggressive at the net and short the rallies only after he was down 2 sets to 1.
BTW: Gilbert tried to push him to a more aggressive (at the net) Tennis..Conclusion: He decided to end the collaboration!! It is really a shame IMO. But, ok, there is still time in front of him and might be someone will at the end convince him that the right strategy is the one of being more aggressive at the net and short the rallies.
So as a conclusion, out there are certainly guys who will be able to implement a successfully a (sort) of Pete's aggressive strategy (once again Andy is at the top of my list at the moment, but there is Gublis / Gasquet and others) BUT they have to believe on it (difficult given the quality of today's passing shot) and it will become more and more difficult to implement given the high level of the defence game out there (more it is even imprioving with the time!!)
Now, please note that my second fav player out there is Djoko (despite his family as you know and I will not stress once again who is my first pref player
Besides, this year, as usual, I have attempt the first week at RG (this is why I am telling you that I saw live Andy..But I saw also Djoko and FED , unfortunately not Rafa)..
Anyway, I am always there on the GS event which the wrong surface (I like so much grass and I ending up watching always the GS on clay..)
This is not a problem in any case: Great Tennis is great Tennis whatever the surface..
To conclude: Andy is a great (potential) player but he is fragile in his head: He really gives the feeling to be "close" to external ideas.
Just the contrary of Djoko: A very solid and focus guy who has improved so much once he found the right coach (i.e. two years ago) and who is constantly asking himself how to improve and move on IMO.