Murray's tactics (or lack of)

05-30-2006, 01:00 PM
I'm watching Murray vs Monfils now and we all know about Murray's fitness problems. However he still thinks he can outgrind Monfils in a four to five hour battle. And he keeps playing relatively safe, which results in endless rallies (cause Monfils is playing the same game and rightly so cause he also knows Murray will break down eventually).

I've seen Murray do this time and time again and in the end the result is always the same: he loses due to a lack of fitness. Last time I saw him against Lisnard in Monte Carlo and he also lost cause he couldn't move anymore. Don't you think Murray should adapt his game to his fitness level. If you know you can't outlast your opponent you should try to avoid long rallies and take some more risk. It's not like he can't play like that, he just choses to play safe all the time.

btw, I started typing before the injury timeout

05-30-2006, 01:07 PM
Why not play safe and let Gael self destruct? It's working well so far. Plus Andy has been mixing in aggression with patience.

05-30-2006, 01:08 PM
4-0 for murray in third set

05-30-2006, 01:10 PM
the way he's playing now, he's not using a lot of energy. He's almost walking in the rallies.

05-30-2006, 01:17 PM
If it goes to 5 sets this match could be a no-decision, double technical knockout.

05-30-2006, 01:39 PM
I'm not questioning his current tactics, cause atm he can't really do anything. I'm talking about the first two sets when he was still healthy and it seemed he wanted to play long rallies. And that's just plain stupid when you've already lost numerous matches with fitness problems.

05-30-2006, 02:10 PM
He ought to go to Pat Etcheberry in Saddlebrook or some such person and really dedicate himself to his fitness.

Aleksa's Laydee
05-30-2006, 02:17 PM
Murray has awful fitness

05-30-2006, 02:21 PM
and he sacked Petchey cos he wanted him to change.

should make Murray run up mountains with a 20kg coal sack on his back :devil:

05-30-2006, 02:24 PM
Murray acts as if he's 36 years old with a jacked up back... time for him to retire.

05-30-2006, 02:27 PM
and he sacked Petchey cos he wanted him to change.

should make Murray run up mountains with a 20kg coal sack on his back :devil:I can't help but picture him as a contestant on The Biggest Loser. Would the other contestants give him competition?

05-30-2006, 05:46 PM
murray sure has a bed rep with the fans.

05-30-2006, 10:54 PM
Well personally I think he is a better player when he is attacking. And as you point out the more attacking the less of a drain on his fitness.

el güero
05-30-2006, 11:20 PM
I was wondering about the same thing. It seems Andy has developed a curious clay court mentality, plus he loves mixing it up and trying different shots. No doubt he would be more effective playing with a game plan. A coach would help.

05-30-2006, 11:37 PM
murray sure has a bed rep with the fans.

Blame it on the English media :(

05-30-2006, 11:50 PM
Murray is a bit of an unguided missile at the moment. The back is still a big problem, the game he has is good but isn't being channeled in the right direction to make the best use of it.

He really needs a good coach to get on top of this back issue with the necessary training and get his tactics much more finely honed. He also needs a haircut.

Trouble is, Murray sacked Petch, which I think was the right decision overall, but he did it at a pretty bad time coming into the clay court swing with the grass looming right after.

The impression I got at the time was that he rather arrogantly expected potential coaches to line up to try and snag him, and Murray could have his pick. Well it hasn't turned out that way and it looks like Murray is struggling to find someone at the high levels who will travel as much as Murray wants, and who clicks with his personality. I think that's come as a shock to Mr Murray and the fact that it's dragged on this long has hampered his RG and Wimbledon preparations enormously.

Still, I expected this to be a difficult second season for Murray and it's proving to be so.

05-31-2006, 03:12 AM
his 1-2 punch works fine. but it seems to be his only game.

05-31-2006, 06:04 AM
I blame the british press too, so much hype.

World Beater
05-31-2006, 07:11 AM
murray is a walking hospital. Something always goes wrong with him.

Monfils is a nervous wreck.