Originally Posted by bavaria100
Robby lost in 3 sets today and unfortunately, choked the match away. He lead 4*-2 in the third set and couldn't hold the ball in play from that point on. He even topped this when he missed an easy smash on gp at 4*-5. This loss is as bad as the one against Gremmelmayr and I think he'll think about this one for a very long time.
as upsetting as his loss was to Murray, I honestly don't think he will dwell on it that much. And I will have to disagree that it's as bad as the loss against Gremelmayr... because in that match, Robby became frustrated with the increasingly windy court conditions on Margaret Court Arena as he was trying to close out the match in straight sets... He was becoming known as someone quite capable of winning 5-set matches, but there he was, losing to an unknown qualifier in five sets! Robby was hoping to have a good run at the AO to follow up his semifinal run at the US Open by going much further than the 2nd round (although he would have faced eventual finalist, Baghdatis, next)... He had never lost a five set match after winning the first two sets, until that match... I think that's part of what made that match such a hard pill for him to swallow.
In this match, Robby was playing the (well-known) #2 player in the US Open series standings in the 3rd round. Robby wasn't even the favorite to win the match. Robby had set point in the 1st set, and he thought he won the set 6-4, but Murray challenged the last point of that set, and it so happened that the challenge showed Murray's ball was in, so they replayed the point and Robby wasn't able to convert the break after that, and he ended up losing that set in a tie-break. Robby comes back to win the 2nd set convincingly. In the 3rd set, he grabs the first break, but in the game that Murray broke back in, Robby's first serves were not making it in, and although he reached game point, he just didn't get the next
point. Murray stayed with it, and despite being exhausted after finishing the match, he was still running side to side and anticipating Robby's shots well, and he was playing good defense! It wasn't like Robby was consistently missing shots... He would make a good shot (and the commentators would be like, "oh that was a fantastic shot by Robby"), but then it would be followed by, "oh that was a horrible shot". Although he reached many game points in the 3rd set, Robby just wasn't consistently keeping his focus to win those points.
Robby may actually be relieved that the US Open is his next tournament... I dunno, but early loss or not, I think he's ready for the challenge!