I didn't see any of the match and only saw the last 3 games on a messed up scoreboard. How did he play? If it was agressive and not that defensive mess, then at least he was trying to do what he has to do.
And what was he talking about in the interview - not winning the next round - was his knee too bad??
I think I'll have to drop my expectations (as my0118 says) and approach his matches as I do my other favorite, Nalbandian -- don't ever expect anything, even after good match or two or even a good tournament and anything will be a pleasant surprise.
Don't have much hope for Richie to make Shanghai but it will REALLY REALLY KILL ME if Murray makes it to Shanghai.
Just hope his nagging injuries get beter and he remembers how to play his game with the joy and fearlessness that he once had.
Firstly he didn't play bad at all. Just one break in the first set punished him. And in the second, I guess the pressure let him down and get broken. Aside from those, from what I saw, he held his serves quite well. But the problem was he couldn't do much anything on Tsonga's serves. He didn't even get a single break point. Tsonga played really well especially doing volleys.
And I read what he had said during interview on GM. He said his elbows bothered him (but I don't know.. I thought his served quite well) and it looked like he's not totally unsatisfied with the result because he also said he could've lost in the next round even if he had won against Tsonga. And I think he thought he must work hard to qualify for Shanghai...
I don't think Murray will qualify imho. Berdych will be more capable of making it. However, for me, I'm disappointed not because I do so much care about Shanghai (of course it would be great if he made it and winning is not totally unrelated to qualifying for TMC), but because I'm worried that he will have no progress next year as well.. like this year. It seems he doesn't believe in himself. I'm usually annoyed by players consistency without big weapons, but Richard is too vulnerable.
Yeah I should not expect too much from him. I'll have to be satisfied with one or two big wins or a small title, accepting the fact that he is no fighter.