Tactically he was playing a very smart match against Volandri last year before his wrist injury and his intelligence will always get him a few wins. However, one match here and there surely won't be good enough. He probably needs a title on clay and i struggle to see him getting that.
Do people here really think he has that big weapon on clay to manoeuvre his opponent around? As far as i can see, he has great natural hand eye coordination, tremendous balance, hands and retrieval skills. Every now and then he'll suprise a good clay-courter with them having a bad day. But over a tournament i think his lack of a big shot and limited work he puts on the ball will ultimately always cost him.
Yeah I agree with a large part of that mate. Tactical intelligence will always make him dangerous, and I think that could give him the edge over some decent, but rather brainless clay courters...but against the cream of the crop, I'm really sceptical as to how he will perform. I don't think passive play will get him very far and, as Jaap says, I think he needs to be more aggressive if he is to challenge for titles...something he CAN do, but, frustratingly, he seems to play too passively much of the time.
I'm really expecting next to nothing from him this clay season, and if he fails to defend many of his Miami points, he could have the added problem of being unseeded for the next 3 TMS events. As it is, he is still unproven on dirt.
Originally Posted by ivan
Murray reminds me of agassi on clay.
We very rarely see eye to eye, and a comment like this probably explains just why.