Sadly very little quality from Andy today. He let Davydenko dominate the match and paid the price for passive tennis deep behind the baseline. Far more unforced errors than we are used to seeing and the trademark Murray shots like aces down the T, fierce double-handed backhands up the line and delightful drop shots were largely absent.
The second set looked hopeful as Andy adopted a slightly more aggressive approach but the final set was truly horrible to watch.
I thought Andy had a pretty good shot vs Nik. Oh well one step forward and two steps back.
So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
It was a match he could have won but given the ineffectiveness of his serve in 2006, the rest of his game would have needed to be almost perfect. At the moment Andy's first serve is little more than getting the ball in play, rather than last year's blast and hope version. Against Davydenko he was winning just 53% on first serve compared to figures in the 70-80% region for practically every other decent player in the draw. Even the service games he won were a real struggle.
Dmitry Tursunov *mmm sweaty hugs from dima *
[♥Faithful Mitya Slave♥]
Mardy Fish [Big right back at ya dude]
Jonas Bjorkman - Joachim Johansson - Simon Aspelin - Jiri Novak - Richard Gasquet
Andy Murray - Fernando Gonzalez - Max Mirnyi - Jan Michael Gambill
James Blake - Greg Rusedski - Alex Bogdanovic
♥ Andrew Kennaugh & Michael Ryderstedt ♥