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Andy Murray tastes defeat on ATP debut!

From BBC sport, 19 Apr 2005

British teenager Andy Murray's ATP Tour debut ended in disappointment as he was beaten 6-3 4-6 4-6 by Czech Jan Hernych at the Barcelona Open.
The 17-year-old, who is based at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona, was awarded a wild card for the event.

Murray broke twice to win the first set but lost the second despite fighting back from a break down to level at 4-4.

The Scot defied cramp to go 3-1 up in the decider, only to be broken twice as Hernych won through to round two.


Murray is ranked 393rd in the world and has spent most of this season playing in Futures tournaments, two levels below the ATP Tour.

He often produced the better tennis against a player ranked 314 places higher than him, but paid the price for making unforced errors on key points.

Murray refused to be downbeat following his defeat.

"I've got a very good chance to get to the top, as I'm only 17 and this guy was about 75 in the world," he said.

"I didn¿t play my best match and I still could have won.

"I didn't play well at all today. I need to improve my physical strength because that let me down a bit toward the end of the third set."


And Murray's coach, Pato Alvares, defended his charge.

"This is his first main serious competition at this level and he had about 10 or 11 break points," Alvares said.

"The only problem was nerves. He just needs to play more and have the mentality to believe he can win, which he will develop over the next year.

"When he arrived here, he was used to a different style and so was making many mistakes.

"But he's now got over this. I think he can be one of the best. He's a very good player and I have a lot of belief in him."
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Re: Andy Murray tastes defeat on ATP debut!

He will learn from this match and future matches...it's all about maturity. A champion is not made overnight.

'I'd like to be in his shoes for one day,' says Mats Wilander, 'to know what it feels like to play that way.'
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A champion is not made overnight.
true. most finals are played during the day!
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true. most finals are played during the day!
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Re: Andy Murray tastes defeat on ATP debut!

He should be proud of the performance. It was only 2 weeks ago he was thrashed by Di Mauro 6/1 6/2. Here the match was tough so maybe he can contend with the top guys within the next year or so. However, I get the feeling that he let a possible shock win slip a little...he had his chances.

Good luck for the future Andy and keep improving!!
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Re: Andy Murray tastes defeat on ATP debut!

Maybe in a couple of years, he would have overtaken Henman...just maybe
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Re: Andy Murray tastes defeat on ATP debut!

don't think he will.. not in two years. Henman will still be top 20 in two years I think. I can see Andy breaking through to that. Figure he's got another 18 months in Futures/Challengers still before really coming onto the main tour.

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What a shame... he fought hard! Too bad...

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Re: Andy Murray tastes defeat on ATP debut!

A pretty good effort all in all, despite clay court tennis hardly being Jan Hernych's forte.
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what's this Andy business? why can't he just use his proper name Andrew.
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what's this Andy business? why can't he just use his proper name Andrew.
Do you have a problem with people using shotforms of their names? :shug: It's remarkable common. At least where I come from. Nobody wants to call me "Rebecca", they want to shorten it.

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Do you have a problem with people using shotforms of their names? :shug: It's remarkable common. At least where I come from. Nobody wants to call me "Rebecca", they want to shorten it.
And they shorten "Rebecca" to "Chloe"
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cant talk the talk till u walk the walk murray

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And they shorten "Rebecca" to "Chloe"
Do people call you Shhh?

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What's wrong with Rebecca? I like it. As opposed to Becca?
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