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« Reply #100 on: June 26, 2008, 05:17:26 PM »
We'll see what happens when he plays. Meanwhile, Murray is a set and a break up over Malisse :))
And his brother is 2 sets up in doubles.

 :whistle:  :whistle: and he's out, talk about going over board with BBC, Henman Hill, turns into Eaton Mount  ..-)  ..-) what a joke they are


Moving swiftly on, well done Andy, shame I couldn't watch any tennis today, only the BBC highlights (s**t at that even)  ..-)
Hope its a good game with Mr Tommy Haas

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« Reply #101 on: June 26, 2008, 05:47:29 PM »
Should be the best one so far! Tommy,give all of your best,if Andy wins..congrats in advance...
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« Reply #102 on: June 26, 2008, 05:55:22 PM »
Should be the best one so far! Tommy,give all of your best,if Andy wins..congrats in advance...

I am hoping it's a great match (not seen Mr Haas play) this Wimbledon, I hope of course Andy wins  :) Two nice guys
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« Reply #103 on: June 26, 2008, 08:13:02 PM »
This was a more traditional test against Malisse and Andy I think did very well. Haas will of course be tougher but I think his defensive skills will come in play here. See that's where my concern lies. Santoro is too weird so you know, Andy can handle variety and generate his own so that's good. But both Malisse and Haas I feel Murray's defenses alone can outlast them and he can pull through "easily"
That might even work against Gasquet (maybe not.. perhaps the head to head don't lie and Murray really hasn't changed all that much in terms of being agressive since a few years).

But against Nadal that will not work. He'll have to be agressive and just taked the defences for granted, he can't beat Nadal the same way he might beat Haas or he beat Malisse.

:( I am getting carried away. Good win for now and good luck next round! :)



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« Reply #104 on: June 27, 2008, 09:55:43 AM »
I'm looking forward to tomorrows match, as I know it's going to be close. It shall be interesting to see how it turns out, and how many sets it lasts. A straight set win for Andy would be a fantastic result for him.

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« Reply #105 on: June 27, 2008, 06:28:43 PM »
This was a more traditional test against Malisse and Andy I think did very well. Haas will of course be tougher but I think his defensive skills will come in play here. See that's where my concern lies. Santoro is too weird so you know, Andy can handle variety and generate his own so that's good. But both Malisse and Haas I feel Murray's defenses alone can outlast them and he can pull through "easily"
That might even work against Gasquet (maybe not.. perhaps the head to head don't lie and Murray really hasn't changed all that much in terms of being agressive since a few years).

But against Nadal that will not work. He'll have to be agressive and just taked the defences for granted, he can't beat Nadal the same way he might beat Haas or he beat Malisse.

:( I am getting carried away. Good win for now and good luck next round! :)



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« Reply #106 on: June 28, 2008, 02:04:15 AM »
Murray vs Haas- 2nd match on Centre Court on Middle Saturday- this is going to be a very exciting match and I can't wait to get today's play underway  :)
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« Reply #107 on: June 28, 2008, 02:23:29 AM »
This'll be a great match and I'm looking forward to it :) It may be a challenge, but Murray possibly needs one after 2 easy matches.

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« Reply #108 on: June 28, 2008, 05:09:59 AM »
It will be a challenge trust me  ;-()  But nevermind ,if andy wins I wish him all the best,then I'll stand for him until the final match...
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« Reply #109 on: June 28, 2008, 12:35:34 PM »
Andy beats Tommy 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-2, Come on Andy!!!
Next up is Richard Gasquet. For the next few days I can hold my head up high :))

This'll be Andy's first GS Quarter-final if he comes through it!

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« Reply #110 on: June 28, 2008, 05:11:52 PM »
Andy Murray def. Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2

Q. Could you give an assessment of how well you thought you played this afternoon.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I thought overall it was a really good performance. You know, I think the only game I got broken once during the match and missed a couple of easy balls in that game to get broken. Slight loss of concentration and didn't play the best tiebreak.

But apart from that, I thought it was a really good performance. You know, I felt like I was always in control of the sets. I got ahead very early in most of them.

And then, uhm, yeah, kind of went on from there. But, yeah, it was a very good match for me.

Q. The key to lapses of concentration is what happens next. I guess you regrouped pretty quickly. You must have been encouraged by that.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, that's what I was really pleased with, was the start of the third set, 'cause he was starting to play better and he had a couple of breakpoints on my serve. I think once I held that game he didn't have any more chance on my serve the rest of the match.

Yeah, and obviously recovered well from losing that second set, because it was a set that I felt like I deserved to win, you know. But, I mean, I think that was the thing that probably pleased me most out there, was when I got myself in front in the third set I didn't let the same thing happen twice. You know, really took it to him after that.

Q. That third game in the third set lasted 10 minutes. There was the decisive line call on the backhand down the line. Did you actually see it as good, or were you hoping you would be vindicated with the call?

ANDY MURRAY: Forehand down the line.

Yeah, I saw it good. There's a couple in the second set tiebreak where I thought a hundred percent they were out. But, you know, sometimes it's just worth a go and see what happens.

But, yeah, I thought that one was good. Served one ace right out wide as well on one of the breakpoints, too. But, yeah, that was obviously a huge game, because after that I broke him straightaway afterwards and obviously served out well.

Q. How do you see the match with Gasquet?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, a tough match. He hasn't had the best year so far, but seems to be playing much better the last few weeks. You know, played well at Queen's and lost to Nalbandian in a close match there. Obviously has played well in his first three matches. I think he had a slightly tougher match maybe than expected today.

But, yeah, he's a very talented player. Made the semis here last year. I'm going to have to up my game if I want to win.

Q. Before the match, Michael Stich claimed that your second serve probably wasn't good enough. Did that fire you up at all? Your first serve was very good. In the interview afterwards, your opponent said you were serving well, you deserved to win. But then he said he didn't think your second serve was good enough, although he admits he couldn't get hold of it properly. Does that concern you at all, or are you happy with it?

ANDY MURRAY: I'm just looking at the stats here. It says I won 56% of points on my second serve and he only won 39% on his, so I served better than him today (smiling).

He broke me once in the whole match, so if my serve was such a problem he wouldn't have broke me once and had so few chances on my serve, because I didn't even serve that high a percentage today in comparison to the other matches. He had a lot of looks at second serves.

Yeah, I mean, my second serve's getting up really high on the court. Some of them are bouncing above, you know, shoulder height. You know, my second serve's not as fast as someone like Tommy's, but, you know, it definitely gets up there.

I served better than him today.

Q. Can you describe for us what it's like to have the Centre Court crowd at your back, behind you, supporting you, when you're in that tight set all situation, what that is actually worth in terms of motivation to give that you that extra edge?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I think it makes a huge difference, especially those times early in the third set. You know, I think when you're playing sort of away from home, if you like you know, you can still get the atmosphere, but, you know, the crowd's not always for you. It just kind of gives you that extra lift.

And then when I won that game, you know, and broke him straightaway, the momentum obviously shifted a lot. The crowd got right behind me and his head went down a bit. You know, he got I'm not sure exactly when it was he got a warning and stuff. But, you know, he started to lose his head a little bit in that third set, I thought.

You know, if the crowd's with you that doesn't happen as much. I think I stayed pretty calm through all of my matches so far.

Q. It's becoming a factor that you're making work for you. You are remaining very calm out there. At the same time you're getting a sense that this country is really wanting you to succeed here.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, the support that I've had at Wimbledon every time I've played has been awesome. You know, obviously it's slightly different this year because there's no Tim or Greg, and I think I'm the only guy left in the singles. I think all the women are out, as well.

So, yeah, I mean, everyone obviously wants me to do well. Makes a big difference in the matches.

Q. Can you talk about your physical condition, how important that will be going into the second week.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well, I mean, I've not been in this position too many times before. But I think I said at the start of the tournament, this is the best prepared I've been for a slam. I've worked really, really hard, you know, in the off season. And this year, having traveled with a fitness trainer every week, you know, to make sure that I stay on top of that side of things.

You know, I feel like I'm prepared to go deep into the second week, and that's what I said before the tournament started.

Q. Obviously you had that very close match against him in Bercy. What do you think you need to do better? It didn't seem there was that much in it between you.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, well, when I played him last time, it was, you know, right at the end of the year. I played four weeks in a row in the lead up to that. I'd won quite a lot of matches. You know, he was maybe a little bit fresher than me towards the end of the match.

But, yeah, if I return and serve like I have been in my first few matches, then I'm gonna give myself a really good chance of winning the match. You know, I can't look at that match too much because there's a lot of things, uhm, you know, obviously going on mentally during that time.

You know, I started working with Brad straight after that, as well, you know. But I think I just need to focus on what's going on now, my serve and my return game, which sounds like most of tennis (smiling). But actually putting a lot of returns in the court, then obviously serving big when I need to, and I give myself a good chance of winning.

Q. You have just the one day off tomorrow before your next match on Monday. Can you outline how you'll spend Sunday preparing for Monday?

ANDY MURRAY: I'm going to come and practice here around midday probably. Then, yeah, just try and relax, probably get a massage, see my physio, try and recover in the best way possible.

Just try to take my mind off tennis a little bit, because last time I was in this position I didn't really deal with the second week too well against Baghdatis.

I didn't play my best. So change a few things in comparison to what I did last time.

Q. What will you do differently?

ANDY MURRAY: Just try and stay relaxed and not get too excited, not get too ahead of myself. You know, I know it's gonna be a really difficult match. But, you know, not spend too much time in front of the TV this year. Yeah, just try and stay relaxed as possible. Spend some time with my friends, take my mind off tennis.

Q. With your new team, you have a Canadian, Louis Cayer, working with you. Can you tell me where he fits into your whole operation?

ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I've probably worked with Louis maybe three weeks. It was more towards the end of last year I spent some more time with him. Right now I'm not working with him so much.

But, you know, I'll spend some time with him probably at the end of each year to just work on a few things in terms of coming in to the net, moving forward, sort of positioning on the court were the things I was trying to get him to help me with. Feel much better up at the net now.

Q. You seemed really pumped up today. I noticed you turning towards the player's box where your mom was and also your girlfriend. Your mom leapt off her seat when you hit a passing shot. Is it comforting to you knowing they are sitting by the courtside? Does it help they're there? They're not always at tournaments you play at around the world.

ANDY MURRAY: I more sort of look up to my coach, you know, my fitness trainers. You know, they're the ones that have put in the hard work, know the hard work I've done. They're right behind me.

Not that my mum and my girlfriend aren't, but that's something I've always done is looked up to my coaches. They're all very supportive.

It's obviously really nice to have your friends and family around at such a big tournament 'cause, like you said, it doesn't happen every week.

Q. Can you tell us in your own words how much it would mean to you to get that first Grand Slam quarterfinal? Was that something you set out as a target for this year?

ANDY MURRAY: No. I mean, for me, I want to concentrate on trying to win the tournament right now. You know, I'm gonna take it one match at a time. For me there's not a huge difference between a fourth round and a quarterfinal in a slam.

There's a big jump obviously making you know, from the position I'm in now to getting to the final. It's still sort of three matches away and I'm going to have to beat some really tough players if I want to go on and do that.

But, yeah, I'm not really thinking about reaching the quarterfinal. I'm more interested in making it to the final.

Q. You talked with us beforehand about conserving your energy, keeping yourself calm on the court. Has it been difficult to keep your calm? How much benefit are you feeling from having adopted this approach?

ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, it hasn't been that difficult for me at all. I think a lot of my frustrations in the past came from poor concentration.

I think because I spent so much time at the courts, you know, around tennis, around tennis tournaments, you know, my mind got a little bit sort of, I don't know, a little bit tired of being on the court.

And now, like I said, I'm spending less time around the courts. I'm spending less time watching tennis on the TV and having more of a life outside tennis, which is what's, for me, making a difference.

I'm enjoying myself when I'm on the court now rather than it being a bit of a drag.


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« Reply #111 on: June 28, 2008, 05:43:50 PM »
Well done Mr Murray, can he reach his 1st quater final in Grand Slam??

Mr Gasquet up next, I never know what to expect from him these days, well Andy will have to up his game for sure, I hope and pray he can reached his 1st GS quater final  ://  But who knows, this match is a step up now for Andy

Nice to know Andy has a new dog, Maggie (pretty sure it's the same dog Blanche from Coronation Street has  ;-() )

Good luck Andy  :)
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« Reply #112 on: June 28, 2008, 08:15:24 PM »
This is, for me at least, one of the most exciting matchups in tennis today. Gasquet vs. Murray

:)) I am looking forward to an awesome match. I like Gasquet as much (if not slightly more because we at least have the one handed backhand in common) than Murray so I could care less who won as long as the winner plays a good and competitive match. I just feel Murray is more likely to keep going forward if he can get through Gasquet so lets hope he can do it!! :))


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« Reply #113 on: June 29, 2008, 02:09:23 AM »
Another very impressive performance from Murray yesterday :applause: A little blip in the 2nd set prevented it being a straight sets win as it should have been but that pressure and test at the start of the 3rd set will put him in good stead going forward. I've been so impressed with Murray's emotion and lack of anger shown on court- he's determined to do well here and not whinge his way through matches. It's so much better to watch him just play great tennis like this rather than the tantrum after tantrum that he has done in the past. Now its time for him to get victory number 1 over Gasquet!!
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« Reply #114 on: June 29, 2008, 02:49:25 AM »
Thanks for the interview Dallas, it was a great win, and it's nice to see Andy has his targets set high unlike some players. Hopefully Murray will come through his Gasquet match and have a great match against Nadal.

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« Reply #115 on: June 29, 2008, 09:41:21 AM »
Wellll,I wasn't here because I was so depressed after that match,but Congrats to Andy he did perfect job after all
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« Reply #116 on: June 29, 2008, 09:42:19 AM »
Wellll,I wasn't here because I was so depressed after that match,but Congrats to Andy he did perfect job after all
Tommy see you soon,it is not end of the world!!!

Tommy put up a good fight, I think Andy's first serves were just too good. He did well to take advantage of Murrays flop in the second set, but I'm pleased with the result.

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« Reply #117 on: June 29, 2008, 09:45:21 AM »
Sure you are pleased with the result,I would that I am in your place..Tommy was close but not close enough,but he is back on track...Well except Wawri,I'm rooting for Andy...Hope that he can beat that monster/Nadal
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« Reply #118 on: June 30, 2008, 05:24:31 PM »
Must pop on here to say congratulations to Andy reaching his first GS quater-final  :cool:
My nerves are shattered after watching that match, my hands ache from clapping so much and my voice is nearly gone  ..-), I am just pleased he has got to a GS quater-final!!

Oh no Murray v Nadal next up, how will this 5 setter effect Andy?, how will Rafa's knee cope? Anyway all will be revealed when they play, just hope for a good match, between these two  :)

Listening to some Brits phoning in on Five Live (all day and night) about their views on Andy, some very negative and some pretty good comments  :rofl_2:

Funny how they have said this match might be a turning point for some Brits and they might like him after this match  ..-)  ..-) (most of them don't even watch tennis all year round, only Wimbledon, some actually said that  :rofl_2:  :rofl_2: )

Anyway well done Andy  :))
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« Reply #119 on: June 30, 2008, 10:02:47 PM »
Yeah an awesmoe performance by Andy. He really kept his cool and stayed motivated and positive the whole time. Even the commentators mentioned he's no longer "moping murray" and now he's "might murray". But for real and he used the crowd SO well .. I was impressed. he was never hurting himself like he used to and kept positive and patient the whole time.

And yeah, that whole last set I was screaming and shouting too.

I really hope he can take it to Rafa and play like he played that last two sets. Did you see his forehand in that last 2 sets as opposed to his first 2 sets? That's what I was talking about. Till this match he hadn't played that good forehand of his and unless he does that, he stands no chance against Nadal or any of the top guns. The whole match was awesome!!

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