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AO 2012 - Limping Closer to Retirement

Yea Tangy I saw that...


He plays Monfils later today in Kooyong; after his extended layoff which all about "getting healthy" and "training"...
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The year started the way it ended - Andy got beaten again...
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At least it was a close match with someone who had a really great start to the season. Considering it was his first match in who knows how long, it could easily have been worse....

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Yeah, I agree Deb. To ask Andy to beat someone who has always given him problems and had such a great start to the season was I think asking too much. Andy isn't at his peak anymore and it was still close. I'm not ready to get doomy and gloomy yet. Also, he's going to lose far more than he'll win this year, let's be real. It doesn't mean he can't produce a good result here and there.
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Yes, you are both right. The thing is - I'm worried about his serving. He loses his serve too many times these days, don't you think?
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Agree that his serve is crucial and that hes broken more now than before. Lots of factors for that: slower surfaces every yr, better returners, better racquets, andys serve slowing down, Andy relying more on a passive ground game and on and on. I didn't see the match but it was two tiebreaks so I assumed he didn't lose serve much. How many times was he broken?

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Once per set. And last year he got broken too many times. Even in the fall, when he did not played that bad, he got broken almost every set he played. Hope this will change. What he can do is at least hold serve...
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Well Monfils is a bad matchup for him. Once per set in first match after a long break isn't that bad. Let's see how he does against berdych

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Re: 2012 Australian Open Cheering Thread

More importantly, Andy's back to wearing normal socks again.

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OK, after one (long) serve game against Berdych it's clear his gameplan for this season is going to be the same as years' past

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Well, good win. Though it doеs not count, it should give Andy some confidence before AO. It's good he got a win before Australia. Going into a Slam with 0-3 record is not good, even if the matches were in exhibition tournament.
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Hello again Haven't been posting for a while. Happy New Year to everyone!

Watched yesterday the whole match vs Monfils (rather decent match, only those tiebreaks, uh...), and unfortunately didn't wake up for today's match vs Berdych and saw it only from 4:2 in the final set. Well, although I am happy that Andy won as he clearly needed a win, even if it is in a (rather competitive) exhibition match, I wouldn't read too much into this. From what I saw in those last couple games, Andy tried and wanted this match a lot more than Berdych did, who made few serve&volley attempts and some other shots, which he normally wouldn't do at a crucial stage of a match. But a win is a win, and that was very important that he didn't go 0-2 after first two matches

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Anything to build his confidence is good at this point. Even if it's false or exaggerated. He'll have three matches against some real good players in good form so hopefully he will be ready. And I think the fact that he was getting frustrated and seemed to want to win even in an exho is only a good thing - it means he really wants it still.

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I agree, and it was good to see that he still wants it and cares. In his post-match on-court interview he told that he still enjoys competing and will play as long as he feels he can win a tennis tournament. So... I still hope to see him around next year as well..

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Andy's AO Draw I dont even Have fun Andy

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