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I think it was simply down to his first serve not working and a bit of timing nothing to do with attitude, just lacking match practice. Also Gulbis played well and was hitting the lines and making the big points.
Agreed - he's obviously not putting the effort of his youthful years into these as he used to...But he's also pretty much admitted it by saying that No.1 seeding isn't his priority, rather more Slams, which is good to hear for Murray fans.I miss the Murray that went deep in these Masters though, but he did win Miami this season !
It will be interesting to see what AM's plans are for the later part of the year. Its a trade-off between Asia (Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo) where he did very well 2 years ago, but he was then over-cooked for the O2. Should he regard the O2 as a fifth major?
by getting knocked out early it gives him more time on the practice court and in training to peak ready for the USO, going deep in the tourney means he has to deal with match preparation, post match recovery and media commitmentsI'm sure he would deny it and say he just wasn't good enough but that don't wash, it happens too often now pre slamsNot knocking it, just saying. Fair enough I say
yup, it's all about prepping for the slams, he doesn't care about the MS events apart from IW and Miami which come after Oz and before the European clay so don't really affect him much as he's not expecting much.I know he says he was injured in Rome but it could be seen that he tanked RG in preparation for Wimbledon.More power to him, clearly working with 4 big titles in 12 months + 2GS finals
he's making a habit of tanking in these events, did it last year in both Canada & Cincy following the Olympics prior to winning USO. In fact, so keen was he not to play in 2012 he actually withdrew after winning R2 and did not even play, citing some injuryReverted to pulling faces again when losing today as if injured but then played great in the doublesit's pure strategy now to tank
Murray had a tricky draw against Gulbis but really needs to win these matches - may be the reality check he needs to get back into the groove.
@15I also expect Del Potro to emerge as a force behind the top two in the next 12 months. He had an exceptional Wimbledon.He also has 'previous' at the US, so it will be an interesting battle there.I'm very interested tho to see how Nadal shapes up on the initial leg of the NA hard court tour before getting to NY...will he be a spent force etc...?!?
#15 - yes agreed, I think the trolls have missed this page so far. I could try and fill in for them - he'll never win anything, flukes so far, he's scottish not british, he's dour. Think thats about as original as the trolling ever gets on Murray.
Interesting to see how slow the comment rate is on this compared to a Murray story from 5 weeks ago - and how much more well-informed the comments are. I do think over the next 6-12 months Nadal will only be a force on clay - Federer will be less of a force (possibly other than indoors), and I expect Del Potro to emerge as the main challenge Novak and AM for US Open, Oz and Wimbledon.
2) Just dont think he has much chance of winning the French unless the stars all align. For me Nadal, Djokovic, Del Potro, Ferrer, Berdich are better on the red stuff.
Murray seems to be getting stronger mentally and with Federer sidelined with his back injury, Nadal's knees likely to break down at any time it only takes a dip of form by Djok. to let Murray in.However I am not expecting Djok to lose his form so it is unlikely Murray will be able to maintain the level of consistency required to be number 1 especially as he has such poor form on clay.
Djokovic is very consistent in the lesser events. If Murray had won the Aus Open final against Novak & won the French Open, & Djokovic lost in the semis he would only just be world no.1 right now. To reach no.1 you have to grind it out in all tournaments. Focusing on the majors is definitely the way to go, no-one will care in the future if you never made no.1 when you won multiple slams.
I hope murray retains the us open but work number 1 is out of reach this year because he won't gain any points from the is open he will only keep the points he won last year and th other tournaments won't give him a lot of points.His best chance I think is to get a good start to next year ideally winning the Australian open, then the French open is where he can gain because he missed it last year
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