Poll: Does Murray just lack the killer instinct?
I think the real reason Murray has been unable to bag a slam is that he lacks the killer instinct inherant in other players, and almost always in multiple slam winners, Federer, Nadal and so on.
It is inherant in being a pusher or a defensive player that you would rather keep the ball in play and wait for your oponent to choke the point on a BP or a big moment. But I think, watching the 10 AO final against Federer in the 3rd set, when it was there for the taking, Murray lacked the balls to go for the win. Where your Federer or Nadal makes things happen, Murray seems unable to hit those big points in Slams when he needs to.
It's almost as if he plays not to lose, rather than plays to win.
In 07 AO, before the big wrist injury, although he lacked the stamina to back it up, Murray played hot, attacking tennis. He could blast players off the court for sets at a time. Then he switched to this fitness based game.
You simply cant beat the big players, or even hot players on the day, by controlling the point and waiting for them to choke. You just cant win slams that way. When will Murray learn?
I think Murray has to just go for it at the 2011 AO. If your afraid to lose, you can never learn to play to win. Thats why pushers pretty much never win slams (nadal is a retreiver but he has the big forehand to kill big points when he needs to).
Discuss. He said after losing to Wawa that its just one loss and hes not going to panick and change anything. But thats his problem, he needs to change! 2 or 3 slams now have been ripe for the picking for him, and hes blown them because he is playing all wrong. The way he played against Fed in the recent final is a good start, but the holes were still there, and Fed will capitilise on them in a GS final. It also seems the fortunes and rub of the green dont favour the pushers in slams either.
They say fortune favours the brave. I believe this to be true of attacking tennis players. Just look at Birdytch making a slam final. I think that tells all one needs to know.
"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "
- Rafael Nadal, ever so "humble", - press conference after shock 4 set loss to Robeen Soderling @ 2009 French Open 4th round.
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Last edited by 2003; 10-29-2010 at 11:30 PM.