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Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

Baghdatis retires to Melzer; Baggy may have been more of a threat to Murray
Dolgopolov shocks Soderling; Sod vs Murray could have been a toss-up
Now Nadal gets injured
If he beats Ferrer, it will probably be the easiest ride to a Final since Roddick in 2003 at the USO.

This is his best chance. If he isn't able to knock off Fed/Nole or catch them on a bad night, can he ever win a slam?

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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

fatdatis would get owned just as hard as melzer
soderling would prove less of a test than dolgo and the way rafa was playing he wouldnt be able to beat murray
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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

Time to man up.
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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

The way he was playing, he should have been able to beat Baggy quite handily, and the Soderling match may not have been closer than the Dolgopolov match turned out to be (especially with the error strewn Robin we saw towards the end of his run). Nadal would have been his biggest threat, so you are right to point out that luck seems to have favoured him - but at the same time it appears that Ferrer is painting the lines with winners and aggressive returns of serve too. Plus, I doubt how much resistance a Nadal with an injured hamstring would have been able to provide anyway.

On the whole it has been a nice draw for Murray, but he could well get a similar draw at a future major. While I agree this is looks like the best chance he has had so far, I would rather not make bold statements like 'now or never'. He is still on the right side of 25 years old and I don't think he has reached his peak quite yet.
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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

uhh he didn't play all that great agsinst Dolgo in the last match, from what I saw before i fell asleep was his serve was really lacking. He was up several braeks in the first and let Dolgo get back in it. I'm thinking Fed/Nole winner takes the title.

However i also don't think it's Murrays last chance at a slam. He's still reasonably young.
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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

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Baghdatis retires to Melzer; Baggy may have been more of a threat to Murray
Dolgopolov shocks Soderling; Sod vs Murray could have been a toss-up
Now Nadal gets injured
If he beats Ferrer, it will probably be the easiest ride to a Final since Roddick in 2003 at the USO.

This is his best chance. If he isn't able to knock off Fed/Nole or catch them on a bad night, can he ever win a slam?
It doesn't matter whether Andy Murray wins this one or not. He'll be a contender to win slams for years to come.
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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

Yeah but Nadal is really hurt, if he doesnt get hurt, Murray loses (most likely). He is a heavy favorite over Ferrer on paper.

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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

In terms of beating Federer to win one yes.

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The way he was playing, he should have been able to beat Baggy quite handily, and the Soderling match may not have been closer than the Dolgopolov match turned out to be (especially with the error strewn Robin we saw towards the end of his run). Nadal would have been his biggest threat, so you are right to point out that luck seems to have favoured him - but at the same time it appears that Ferrer is painting the lines with winners and aggressive returns of serve too. Plus, I doubt how much resistance a Nadal with an injured hamstring would have been able to provide anyway.

On the whole it has been a nice draw for Murray, but he could well get a similar draw at a future. While I agree this is looks like the best chance he has had so far, I would rather not make bold statements like 'now or never'. He is still on the right side of 25 years old and I don't think he has reached his peak quite yet.
You are right, but 25 is really a prime year in tennis. He has never seen a draw open up for him like this one has. Fed, Nadal, Nole will still be around for another 5 years so Murray really needs to dig deep here, I believe

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I think Murray has been playing pretty great for the whole tournament so would have said he would probabluy have made the semi's whoever he played. Now that Rafas out though, it's completely opened up for him and you now do expect that he makes the final. Could be a great shot of him winning this one.

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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

He won't have an easier draw than this one but of course if Federer gets to the final it's hard to bet against him.

I honestly haven't been too impressed with Murray's form so far. I've seen him play better.
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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

I thought he played better last year and look what happened when he got to the final.
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Re: Draw Continues to be Wide-Open for Murray; Is this Now or Never for him?

hes losing in the final
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Federer is always winning in the final if there is noone else except Nadal. Maybe we can include Del Potro...
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Murray's got a huge opportunity here. He'd better not f it up.
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