So........ in hindsight, how did Andy Murray handle the pressure this year? - MensTennisForums.com

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So........ in hindsight, how did Andy Murray handle the pressure this year?

Fave for the AO, didn't get anywhere

did well at FO but was hardly convincing and never a threat

at Wimbledon, HUGE fave- the british media decided he was Jesus for 2 weeks- the stars aligned, Nadal died, Fed was in poor form, everyone else couldn't win- and he gets owned by 1 hit wonder Roddick (<-- who has more clay titles than grass titles, true story)

finally at the US OPEN, same old story, didn't do anything again

all in all- how do you rate Murray's year considering he was hyped up to do some amazing things

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Re: So........ in hindsight, how did Andy Murray handle the pressure this year?

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Re: So........ in hindsight, how did Andy Murray handle the pressure this year?

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Fave for the AO, didn't get anywhere

did well at FO but was hardly convincing and never a threat

at Wimbledon, HUGE fave- the british media decided he was Jesus for 2 weeks- the stars aligned, Nadal died, Fed was in poor form, everyone else couldn't win- and he gets owned by 1 hit wonder Roddick (<-- who has more clay titles than grass titles, true story)

finally at the US OPEN, same old story, didn't do anything again

all in all- how do you rate Murray's year considering he was hyped up to do some amazing things

Roddick is a better player on grass than Murray
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Re: So........ in hindsight, how did Andy Murray handle the pressure this year?

He was poor where it mattered and an impressive non-slam year doesn't make up for his inability to play big matches well. The Roddick match is forgivable imo because Roddick actually played HUGE in the big moments and for me when the American plays like that on grass he is as good or better than Murray anyway. Other slams though he just wasn't good enough, got outplayed and yes they were good performances against him but to win a slam you have to face the hot players and beat them, Murray folded.

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others stepped it up in slams against him, he didn't. think that sums it up.

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Re: So........ in hindsight, how did Andy Murray handle the pressure this year?

Murray just really bottled it at the end of the day

it really PISSES me off to think about it

NAdal will never let him win any Wimbledon again- the spartan is just too strong on natural surfaces....

with the spartan out of the way, Federer is always beatable when you put pressure on him- all Murray needed was to get Roddick out of the way.
i agree Roddick is a great player- but honestly- Murray had 100% crowd support

even at flushing, the boisterous americans give both players support- sort of like an 80-20 split in favor of their own home grown heroes- however, at Wimbledon you get 100% crowd support ALWAYS

and with that kind of support comes expectation, because- Murray isn't one Master shield Henman- Murray is a REAL contender... he's like Hatton- before we all found out Hatton couldn't box for shit, he's like Bruno, before we found out Tyson could sneeze and bruno would fall over

he's like........ wait, he's not like any other british sportsman in the world-= Murray is the real deal- no hype required.

and this year with the spartan not there he had SUUUUUUUUUUUUCH a good chance to win it-

Now Del potro is going to improve, theres fresh blood from dimitrov and others on the horizon and Federer is hanging on as long as he can- and theres always that spanish spartan hungry for everything.

how will murray even get to the semis- forget about winning

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French Open and Wimbledon he did as his game allowed, then ran into superior players on the surface - no disgrace there. Aus Open he caught a virus, and ran into a red-hot Verdasco. US Open he had a wrist injury, which has caused him to pull out of Tokyo since, and probably Shanghai too.

Don't see a problem, myself. Although his grass game may develop in years to come, at the moment he basically has two genuine slam chances, and wasn't physically fit at either.

He may need to look to his preparation and focus - he's played a lot of matches this year, and his style means long rallies, and lots of wear and tear on the body. He was also looking more and more tired as the season went on - even in Montreal while winning it.
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murray's second serve isn't that bad. his whole game revolves around pushing though.

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The opponents deserved a lot of credit, Verdasco for being inspired, Gonzo for showing how to play the clay court game and Roddick for being a man with balls on the big points. Volleying like Edberg at *5-6 set point for example.

Murray had a wrist injury in the USO and while he didn't want to make any excuses, that was clearly the issue. Cilic deserved to win but he was handed the match tbh. In some cases ppl have said Murray can get outhit by a big hitter on a good day but that was not the case in this one

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Murray just really bottled it at the end of the day

it really PISSES me off to think about it

NAdal will never let him win any Wimbledon again- the spartan is just too strong on natural surfaces....

with the spartan out of the way, Federer is always beatable when you put pressure on him- all Murray needed was to get Roddick out of the way.
i agree Roddick is a great player- but honestly- Murray had 100% crowd support

even at flushing, the boisterous americans give both players support- sort of like an 80-20 split in favor of their own home grown heroes- however, at Wimbledon you get 100% crowd support ALWAYS

and with that kind of support comes expectation, because- Murray isn't one Master shield Henman- Murray is a REAL contender... he's like Hatton- before we all found out Hatton couldn't box for shit, he's like Bruno, before we found out Tyson could sneeze and bruno would fall over

he's like........ wait, he's not like any other british sportsman in the world-= Murray is the real deal- no hype required.

and this year with the spartan not there he had SUUUUUUUUUUUUCH a good chance to win it-

Now Del potro is going to improve, theres fresh blood from dimitrov and others on the horizon and Federer is hanging on as long as he can- and theres always that spanish spartan hungry for everything.

how will murray even get to the semis- forget about winning

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The opponents deserved a lot of credit, Verdasco for being inspired, Gonzo for showing how to play the clay court game and Roddick for being a man with balls on the big points. Volleying like Edberg at *5-6 set point for example.

Murray had a wrist injury in the USO and while he didn't want to make any excuses, that was clearly the issue. Cilic deserved to win but he was handed the match tbh. In some cases ppl have said Murray can get outhit by a big hitter on a good day but that was not the case in this one
wake up, cilic completely overpowered murray.
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wake up, cilic completely overpowered murray.
Did he fuck. He played okay but that was it.

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others stepped it up in slams against him, he didn't. think that sums it up.
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Did he fuck. He played okay but that was it.
open ur eyes next time u watch a match moron.
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wake up, cilic completely overpowered murray.
I said it was an overreaction at the time - Cilic did nothing special, and Murray clearly wasn't 100%. Lo and behold, he's had to withdraw from Tokyo, and is 50/50 to miss Shanghai (and thus not defend his Madrid points, and probably drop to number 5 in the world).

Murray vs Cilic is not a match when they're both fit. Even on Roland Garros clay, where Murray is a quarter of the player he is on hard, it was straight sets.
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