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Que Sera Sera - Andy at Roland Garros

Corey Feldman
05-18-2009, 01:54 PM
they started the Federer thread like this for Madrid and look what happened ....

anyway, Gl to Andy in RG (even tho he will be painful to watch probably)

at least R16 i hope

05-18-2009, 01:58 PM

r16 is too much:sad:

goooooo andy!

05-18-2009, 02:15 PM
Good luck Andy, that's what I say.

05-18-2009, 07:59 PM
GL Andy! :)

05-19-2009, 04:30 PM
bonne chance Andy!!

05-19-2009, 05:24 PM

r16 is too much:sad:

goooooo andy!

Betty :hug:

Andy can totally make 4R maybe even QFs have faith in the sexy scot!!!

05-19-2009, 05:29 PM
rachel :hug:
whe the draw will be out?

05-19-2009, 05:33 PM
Draw is on Friday. Hoping he gets a bunch of chokers!!

I dont mind if he's in Fed or Nadal's half cos if he gets to play any one of them i'll be esctatic!

05-19-2009, 05:57 PM
if i should chose i'd prefer fed;) btw if he should meet them would mean that he'll get a nice....semi;)

05-19-2009, 07:17 PM
I'm hoping for a R4, maybe a QF but if he gets some tricky floaters in his section he could be in trouble.

05-19-2009, 10:41 PM
Andy Murray is among an elite group who will play at an exhibition event in Paris starting Wednesday.

1er Masters is a best of 3 sets event and will run over several days to allow the players to practice for the French Open.

Murray takes on Paul‐Henri Mathieu on Wednesday at 12:30pm (UK time) and the match will broadcast on Eurosport 2.

05-20-2009, 01:39 PM
sure here Es will no trasmit it:sad:

whta abt the voice abd his injury?

Corey Feldman
05-20-2009, 01:52 PM
see, this is what happens when you push on clay courts and chase out wide to balls all day and night Andy

05-20-2009, 01:56 PM
:lol: mike

05-20-2009, 05:16 PM
Andy is playing crap because he only cares about the slams.....:devil:

05-22-2009, 03:03 AM
I'm hoping for a R4, maybe a QF but if he gets some tricky floaters in his section he could be in trouble.
And sadly I think Juan really has Andy's number :sad: That's a U.S. expression (I think?) so I hope everyone can understand it.

05-22-2009, 09:25 AM
Hope Andy gets a reasonable draw - which will get underway in 10 minutes or so.

05-22-2009, 09:25 AM
And sadly I think Juan really has Andy's number :sad: That's a U.S. expression (I think?) so I hope everyone can understand it.
Which one? Monaco or Del Potro?

On clay I'd agree with either, pretty much.

05-22-2009, 10:19 AM
Murray slated to meet

Chela in R1
Zverev/Starace in R2
Tipsarevic/Montanes/Lopez in R3
Stepanek/Cilic in R4
Gonzalez/Safin/Simon/Hanescu in QF
Rafa in SF

05-22-2009, 11:34 AM
:scared: rafa half..bte the way for meet him is long :scared:

05-22-2009, 05:54 PM
Happy with draw, really good oppurtunity for him to do well here, lets hope he takes it for once!!

Allez Andy :kiss:

Corey Feldman
05-22-2009, 07:59 PM
that is a pretty good draw for a QF

05-23-2009, 01:36 PM
Andy is last match on Lenglen tomorrow.

05-23-2009, 01:36 PM
ciao getta:hug:good new..maybe i'll see it:p

Corey Feldman
05-23-2009, 03:41 PM
damn, i didnt want any of my faves to start on Sunday

05-23-2009, 03:51 PM
why not?

i hope the LS will work well because sure ES will trasmitt women:retard:

05-24-2009, 08:21 AM
Just started having confidence intervals...

05-24-2009, 04:44 PM
First set Murray 6-2 - a slow start but he stepped up quickly and Chela's looking winded already.

05-24-2009, 04:59 PM
yes i was watching:D
and now:scared:

05-24-2009, 05:21 PM
Andy up 6-2 6-2 and you have to say he's looked very impressive so far.

05-24-2009, 05:28 PM
i must say didnt wait a so easy match noting until the end

only fu** *** es..which show mugsimon

05-24-2009, 05:40 PM
Me too I thought it was going to be a tough match for Andy, but I guess we were wrong :D

05-24-2009, 05:56 PM
Andy got it done in style. Chela is not the player he once was, Andy did what he needed to do, and he played very well.

So that's good then.

No 5 set messes like R1 last year against Eysseric :tape:

05-24-2009, 06:12 PM
yes well done andy:D

05-24-2009, 07:56 PM
Congrats Murray on your 1st round win :kiss: Excellent stuff from him today. Cant wait for Wednesday!!

Corey Feldman
05-24-2009, 08:39 PM
the best thing today was his serve, he was hitting it good

05-25-2009, 05:35 AM
Very impressive performance from Murray. Well done! Keep it short and sweet. Hope to see more of this dictating style of tennis in the next round, and the next...

I see that Murray was auditioning for the NBA :lol:

05-25-2009, 08:26 PM
Q. You're obviously pleased with that?

Yeah, no, it was a very good win. Like I said before, he's a tough player, and knew I needed to play well. I didn't make too many mistakes, and I think I hit over 60 winners, which is a lot, considering it wasn't the longest match.

Q. What do you think about the reception you got both at the start and the end? Seemed like the locals were really warming to you?

A lot of times I've done interviews with French journalists that said they enjoy my game style. I think they like it when guys play with a little bit of flair. I got a great ovation when I got on to the court and played really well, and they showed their appreciation afterwards. That was nice.

Q. Very contrasting experience, Andy, to this time same day 12 months agowhen that was a struggle, wasn't it?

Yeah, it was. But different player now than I was then. Physically much better, way more focused. I understood, you know, what I had to do today. I didn't take Chela lightly at all, and I had to play very well. And I did that pretty much right from the start, although I lost my first service game, but after that, I was very happy with the way I played.

Q. Were you surprised how comfortable it was, seeing as Chela was a clay-court specialist?

Yeah, but, I mean, I guess, but I wasn't expecting to play that well on the first match. You know, I got, like I say, hit a lot of winners, you know. I dictated most of the points and when the rallies went long which he normallylikes. I was coming up on top of a lot of the rallies, and if I played that well in all my matches, I've got a good chance of winning comfortably, but I wasn't expecting to play that well, and it was a bit surprising.

Q. Could you just say a few words about your potential second roundopponents, Starace and Zverev?
Yeah, I haven't played either of them on the tour before. Zverev, I've known him since we're very young. We're the same age and played a lot as juniors. They're both very different players. Zverev is lefty, plays a lot of serve and volley. Likes to come to the net.

Starace is a righty and plays a long way behind the baseline, but both are top players. They're probably more of a clay court specialist, but should be an interesting match.

Q. There was one game today when I think you hit three of those forehand cross‑court passes in the same game, and you obviously liked that shot a lot. Have you always played that pass inthat particular way?

Ah, yeah, well, I had my racquet strung very ‑‑ my racquet's weighed very heavy in the head, so it's much easier to control that shot cross‑court, and if I'm a long way behind the baseline,you can kind of swing as hard as you like and provided you time it well, good chance it's going to go in.

In doubles, I used to play all the time on the deuce court, and all the time it was my second shot,was like a forehand angle. So, yeah, I played it a lot since I was young. I haven't used it as much in the seniors, but it worked well today.

Q. Looking at the draw in general, do you think you've had a kind draw when you look at it overall?

I don't really focus that much onthe draw. I mean, you know, you look atsomewhere like Australia or in, you know ‑‑ well, the last two years inAustralia, you know, guys can play great matches they haven't expected to. It's happened to me a couple of times in Slams.

Zverev is 22 years old and he could come out and play great and take off this week. I don't know. So I just focus on each match, and especially on this surface. It's not like I can take anybody for granted,because my results don't really merit me doing that.

05-26-2009, 07:52 PM
Andy is first match on Chatrier tomorrow.

Corey Feldman
05-26-2009, 07:55 PM
Oh, out of bed early for Andy :scared:

05-26-2009, 08:00 PM
Hope he's nice and alert and takes Starace as seriously as he took Chela.

Babolat - Dan
05-26-2009, 08:27 PM
Good luck to Andy tomorrow.
He shud dispose of Starace easily.
Hi everyone. :wavey:

05-26-2009, 08:30 PM
ard 11 cet?

Babolat - Dan
05-26-2009, 08:36 PM
I will be working my ass off whilst Andy is having a knock about.

05-26-2009, 09:42 PM
Luckily got morning of tomorow so can watch Andy :hearts: He'd better be done by 1.

Hopefully he will play the way he did in the last round where he was flawless.

05-26-2009, 11:02 PM
Will be secretly be watching the livescore from work. Good luck Andy! :D

05-27-2009, 05:55 AM
I hate the scheduling - I'll be at work too. Good luck Murray!

05-27-2009, 09:11 AM

05-27-2009, 09:14 AM
Betty, shall we spam ? :kiss:

05-27-2009, 09:28 AM
2 all

Cmon Muz break!!

05-27-2009, 09:31 AM
yesssssssss :banana:

05-27-2009, 09:31 AM
i'm at work rachael no so much time:sad:

05-27-2009, 09:42 AM
5-3 :banana:
edit 6-3!!!!!!!!

05-27-2009, 09:44 AM
Yes murray wins 1st set 6/3.

Very comfortable for him he looks so handsome too!!!!!!!

05-27-2009, 09:56 AM
Muray wake up 1 all 0:30 :mad:

05-27-2009, 10:05 AM
:( :scared:

05-27-2009, 10:05 AM
Starace breaks leads 2:1 :mad:

05-27-2009, 10:07 AM
3-1 Starace. Murray wake up please!

05-27-2009, 10:11 AM
:sad: 4-1

05-27-2009, 10:16 AM
5-1 :confused: :sad:

05-27-2009, 10:17 AM
:speakles: what the hell is doing:( miss his brain for a set :o

05-27-2009, 10:23 AM
Oh dear 6/2 Starace. :fiery:

Murray is :zzz:

05-27-2009, 10:28 AM
1-0 3rd set. Murray

05-27-2009, 10:32 AM
1 all :mad: come on plz hold!!

05-27-2009, 10:44 AM
The guy in black is playing amazing shame that guy isnt Murray.

This is horrible :sad:

05-27-2009, 10:46 AM
Andy's falling apart this is awful :sad:

05-27-2009, 10:56 AM
He is world no 3 he has to get through in matches like this. Breaks 5/3. Awesome shots from Murray in that game.

05-27-2009, 11:02 AM
4/5 has to break here Murray cmon..!!

05-27-2009, 11:04 AM
5 all CMON!!!!! Allez!!

05-27-2009, 11:07 AM
Fight Murray!

05-27-2009, 11:08 AM
Great play now! Keep it up!

05-27-2009, 11:14 AM
The Scottish lad is a Braveheart after all

Love the fight back.

2 sets to 1. Come on!!!

05-27-2009, 11:14 AM
Well done Murray. Great great fight :D

Keep it tight beginning of 4th no more brain farts please!

05-27-2009, 11:16 AM
fantastic fight back
c'mon Andy

05-27-2009, 11:19 AM
1-0 Murray in the 4th. lovely stuff from him again

05-27-2009, 11:24 AM
i'm back what happen :scared:

05-27-2009, 11:27 AM
it's blue or blaCK BTW HE LOoKs :hearts:

05-27-2009, 11:31 AM
3-2 Murray.

I think its Navy blue but looks black!!Either way he looks yummy. :D

05-27-2009, 11:39 AM
4-3 :d

05-27-2009, 11:42 AM
4 all why?
Plz hold Andy!

05-27-2009, 11:45 AM
5-4 this is the time!

05-27-2009, 11:53 AM
Awesome its over!!

Allez Murray I love you!!!!!!!

05-27-2009, 11:54 AM
yesss :banana: unreal second set but he got it

see the asnwer in the last game:hearts:

05-27-2009, 11:57 AM

05-27-2009, 12:03 PM
well done Andy :bigclap:
Hope the next match is less scary.

05-27-2009, 12:31 PM
That was blinking hard work after a nice smooth start.

Next time, Andy, please don't leave it until 1-5 down to go down 2 sets to 1 before you decide to get fired up and kick ass.

Thanks :kiss:

05-27-2009, 01:41 PM
well done Andy :banana:

Babolat - Dan
05-27-2009, 04:57 PM
Well done Andy.
Easy peasy. :)

05-27-2009, 07:46 PM

Interview with Andy Murray
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A. MURRAY/P.Starace

6‑3, 2‑6, 7‑5, 6‑4

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What a fight, but what a strange match. You played a really good first set, and then what happened?

ANDY MURRAY: It happens a lot in five‑set matches. Momentum makes a huge difference. I got broken at the beginning of the second set when, after a long game, I had a long game the first service game of that set, as well. Maybe if I had managed to hold that game it could have been different.

After he broke me, he started playing a lot better. I left a lot of balls in the middle of the court. His backhand in the first set was landing very short, and once he got ahead in the second, he started hitting a lot better.

You know, I was playing further behind the baseline. You know, his big weapon is his forehand, and he managed to make me move a lot with that afterwards. But the most important thing is I found a wayto win, and I'm obviously very happy to be in the next round.

Q. The third set was quite something. You go way down, and then 10 points in a row. What was going on there? You seemed to be frustrated about your grip and about quite a few things, and then it all came together.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I was obviously frustrated. I was playing very well, and then, you know, let him back into the match. He was obviously dictating a lot of the points. I think that's going to be normal. But, you know, it's very slippery at the end of the sets when they brush it.

I struggled a bit with my balance. You know, he played a lot of good drop shots that I wasn't able to get to at first. It wasn't that great. Obviously I managed to turn it around by playing a little bit more aggressive. I got the ball deep into his backhand and came to the net quite a lot.

I mean,there's a lot of things I've got to be pleased with today, and some things that I'll work on for the next match.

Q. Already in Monte‑Carlo versus Fognini you were down 5‑1, and then you won.


Q. 4‑Love, 5‑1. (laughter.)

ANDY MURRAY: I think it was 5‑Love.

Q. Anyway, so today was it more or less the same situation. Was it completely different? How did you manage to cancel the two set points? Because one was very difficult.

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, I just went for my shots. I think I maybe hit ‑‑ I definitely hit one winner on one of the set points. But you just have to try and stay focused. I made him work hard at the end of the third set.

I didn't make as many mistakes, and just focused on every point. I wasn't worrying whether it was set point or not for him. I just tried to serve well and play aggressive, and I did that.

Q. What about string tension? Was there much difference to the tension that you finished the match with and what you were using in the second set?

ANDY MURRAY: No, I played with the same tension. It's just very different conditions today than obviously my first match. It was cold. You know, it was obviously a bit chilly. I mean, also from the stands it's tough to tell, but I was speaking to Djokovic after the match. You know, even when it might feel like a slight breeze, on the big courts it does make a huge difference. From one of the ends it was tough to sort of play aggressive.

I felt like I was getting pushed further and further behind the baseline. You know, it wasn't anything to do with the,I guess, the string tension. It's just tough conditions to play, and it was cold. The court felt quite damp, and obviously my opponent was playing well. So I'm just happy I managed to find a way to win.

Q. I will not ask about Roland Garros, but about Wimbledon. With Wimbledon, which tournament you would like winner in the future?

ANDY MURRAY: Which tournament?

Q. Yes.

ANDY MURRAY: I'd love to win Wimbledon, obviously. Well, any of the Grand Slams. I think that's what I think all of the players would love to win. You know, Wimbledon would obviously be great, being sort of in front of the home crowd.

I've always loved the US Open since I was growing up. So if I had to pick, one of those two.

Q. Which style of game you like between Federer, Djokovic, Nadal if you are like spectator?

ANDY MURRAY: I actually loved watching Santoro. I think he just played his last match today. He was probably ‑‑well, I mean, I was watching some of his match on the TV yesterday, and just always entertaining points.

When I watch tennis, that's what I like to watch it for. I think Nadal is also like that. He always has a long rallies; he hits some great passing shots. You know, he has great energy on the court.

So, I mean, Santoro for the, I guess, different style of play and for the entertainment. Out of the top guys, Nadal,I like watching.

Q. I was going to ask about Santoro, too. I was wondering, as a player who has a fair amount of variety, I guess you would even admit you don't have as much as him. What do you admire most about his game?

ANDY MURRAY: He's just so different. I mean, he can hit the ball particularly hard. But he's been around, I think this is his 20th French Open. He's been around the top level for so long and kind of played through a kind of transition in the game where a lot of people thought that it was just power.

You know, it was taking over. You have guys like Roddick serving 150. A lot of the clay courters with huge forehands. I guess,he's just kind of a bit of a throw back. He doesn't remind me of any of those guys. He uses slice pretty much off his forehand all the time. Very rarely hits topspin. You know, he volleys great,anticipates the game well.

Yeah, he can do everything. I mean, he just doesn't have as much power as maybe he would have liked. I'm sure if he did have more he could have won Grand Slams, because he has every shot.

Q. Do you identify with him at all because of your variety?

ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I guess in some ways,but his game style is very different. I was watching yesterday. He was like playing chip charge or first serves, and I've never done that in my life. So he's a little bit more unorthodox, I guess. But some things we do similar.

Q. When you speak about clay court, we all speak about shots, spin, footwork. But what about concentration? Is it more difficult to keep concentration on clay with the length of the rallies, or the length of the sets?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, on clay, I think that is apart that's very important. Because on hard courts, when you're ahead, you can kind of just keep serving well,finishing the points quickly.

You know, on clay, there's always time for you to get sort of back into the match and find your game, even if you're struggling. You know, therefore, you kind of expect guys to sort of raise their level throughout the match.

You know, that's one of the things that someone like Nadal does well. He plays very well from the start. You know, he obviously does get a bit better as the match goes on, but he doesn't have many ups and downs.

Obviously I had a bit of a down today. But like I said, you can always sort of find a way to come back.

But, yeah,the concentration on clay is very important.

Q. Starace was No. 27 in the world; now he's104. Do you think he played better than he expected? And also, have you ever played a player who made so many drop shots against you as he did today? This is also because sometimes you are a little bit behind, or only because he has a great touch and he surprised you somewhat?

ANDY MURRAY: No, he plays well. I think obviously on clay, it's his best surface, but his results maybe on the other courts haven't been that good. So, you know, I think if you want to sort of have the consistency in your ranking, it's very important to play well on all of the surfaces. So, you know, maybe if he played better on hard courts, that's obviously going to be better for his ranking.

And with the drop shots, like I say, I was struggling a bit with my movement. I guess he exploited that. He hit a lot and hardly missed any.

In a couple of the important points at the end of the third set he hit some drop shots, and I got to them. I thinkeven on the set point, you know, he hit one, and I started to read it a littlebit better as the match went on. But he definitely hit it well.

Q. Anybody that made more drop shots against you, do you remember?

ANDY MURRAY: I don't know. Maybe Djokovic hit a few drop shots against methe first few times I played him. But,no, as consistently as well as that, I don't think so.

Q. If I could ask you about Wimbledon,if I have right these days, virtually all your matches are on Centre Court. With the coming of the roof, do you think in a way that might help you out a little bit in that you wouldn't have to sit for hours and hours and even days waiting for the weather to clear? Will you miss doing that, just sitting around and killing all those hours?

ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, if you play on Centre Court, I think it's an advantage, like playing indoors, as well. The court, regardless of which surface it is,when you play indoors, it does make a big difference to the atmosphere.

Obviously there is no wind or anything around you. No sun. So, you know, it makes it a little bit easier to play. I grew up playing indoors my whole life, so I'll be hoping that it's raining more this year thanin the past.

Q. And the most important key to getting through all those hours of rain delays when there's nothing to do?

ANDY MURRAY: It is tricky. I didn't have to deal with it that much. A couple of times ‑‑ actually, maybe once I had to stop because of light and come back the next day. It is a difficult thing to do.

You know, the rain delays, yeah, I mean, because each time you step on the court, you kind of, you know, I don't know, something feels just a little bit different. It doesn't always feel the same every time you step back out there. You know, it's a tough thing to do. You just have to try and maybe take your mind off tennis.

Because at Wimbledon, there could be ‑ like the final last year. There could be so many breaks that you need to be able to not think about the match.

Q. What is the main thing you want to improve in order to feel 100% comfortable on clay?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I just want to win more. I mean, it's not like ‑‑ you know, I played my first against Chela. Go out and hit the ball very well and played a good match.

Today I started well and let my opponent back into the match, you know, but found a way to win. I obviously would like to play at the same level all the time like I did against Chela, but sometimes it doesn't happen.

You know, like on the other courts, I normally find ways to win, you know, when I'm not necessarily playing my best. I hope I can start to do that more on clay.

Q. Do you have plans to watch the football tonight?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. I don't know where I'll watch it, but I'll definitely, definitely be sitting and enjoying.

Corey Feldman
05-27-2009, 09:24 PM
again, going 2-6 1-5 in a phase of a match v someone like Starace is just awful, may have covered up the cracks by getting the win today but in the long run this is not good enough, simple as that.

05-28-2009, 03:34 PM
wow, what a match. But nice to see that Andy started fighting and was able to turn that set around after being down so much. Curious what will happen in the next round :D

05-28-2009, 09:41 PM
Andy 5th on Lenglene tommorrow could get on anytime between 3-6 UK time depending on how other matches go.
Might end up playing on Saturday to finish this one.

05-28-2009, 11:13 PM
Being a pessimistic old bat, I'm a bit worried about the next match. Tipsy has said he is going to be aggressive - I just hope that doesn't mean Andy will go all passive and camp out behind the baseline, because he doesn't move as well on clay as on hard courts. Tipsy always seems to play better against top opponents, so Andy will have to be careful not to let him get the upper hand.

As long as Andy wins this one and gets into the second week here for the first time I will be content (though more would be very nice, of course ;) )

05-29-2009, 01:29 PM
Yes I expect him to be a real handful here, in fact I'm half expecting Tipsy to win :(

05-29-2009, 04:24 PM
Terrible start from Murray 2-5 :mad:

05-29-2009, 05:03 PM
wow that 1st set was a close one :unsure:

05-29-2009, 05:06 PM
Fights back again!!! Awesome 1st set Murray 7/6 :D

05-29-2009, 05:39 PM
:sad: for Janko, but happy for Andy :banana:
next up is Marin Cilic, it'll be tough as well but fingers crossed

05-29-2009, 05:42 PM
Poor Janko :sad: he retires 7/6 6/3 Murray. 1st set was everything great stuff vamos!

05-29-2009, 05:51 PM
totally off topic but I love your avatar Andi-M, Pep :hearts:

05-29-2009, 05:58 PM
Doesn't have to be pretty as long as it works.

4th round, good effort.

Let's try for a QF though, eh?

Corey Feldman
05-29-2009, 05:59 PM
4th rnd

i'll take it, well not really, but i will.

Corey Feldman
05-29-2009, 06:00 PM
.. but not really

05-29-2009, 06:01 PM
he played a good first set..then i take it
gooo andy :)

05-29-2009, 06:06 PM
totally off topic but I love your avatar Andi-M, Pep :hearts:

:D I love my avatar too!! :hearts:

05-29-2009, 06:08 PM
Well, not exactly a great win but in the end he's through and that's what matters.

05-29-2009, 10:47 PM
Well while I feel badly for a player that has to retire during a Match the retirement is normally very good for the other player-- because of less Match time which can add up over a long Tournament. So this will help Andy stay rested.

05-30-2009, 12:28 PM

Day 6 - Interview with Andy Murray
Friday, May 29, 2009

A. MURRAY/J. Tipsarevic

7‑6, 6‑3, (ret.)

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. When were you first aware that he had a physical problem?

ANDY MURRAY: When he called the trainer. I mean, I didn't see a whole lot ‑‑ I didn't see much wrong with him in the first set, I didn't think. And then the first game of the second set he maybe slowed his serve down a little bit, but, you know, sometimes that happens a little bit, you know, when you have the adrenaline of a tight first setter. Then sometimes you can start a little bit slow in the next set.

But I didn't know until the trainer.

Q. Did that break your confidence a bit, that delay after the first game?

ANDY MURRAY: Didn't break my confidence.

Q. Sorry, concentration.

ANDY MURRAY: I mean, it wasn't like ‑‑ I mean, I hit one bad shot. You know, I shanked a slice into the middle of the net. I'd hit like a great angled backhand that maybe I wasn't expecting him to get. That was the only reason I got broken.

It was very difficult to see around that time, as well, with the shadow. It was kind of covering half the court. You know, that was tough.

But I mean, it's one of those things that can be tough sometimes when you don't know how bad someone's problem is or if they're going to come out firing. You know, you just ‑‑ sometimes you maybe make a few mistakes.

Q. You're becoming a bit of a specialist of getting out of 1‑5, 2‑5. Do you just have self‑belief that no matter what the score says you can get out of it now?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, you just fight and try and try and comeback. I mean, that's the one thing on clay. It's much easier, you know, on clay to come back, I guess.

You get into more rallies and, you know, it's tough to just sort of serve well and win the set comfortably. It's one of the things,talking with Alex and Miles about, is not to panic if you go behind. Because one break on this court is, you know,it's nothing. Obviously two is a little bit tougher, but you can always find ways to come back.

Q. In the second week of the French Open, yet another milestone for you. How do you feel about having done that?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it's good. But, you know, I'll obviously try and do better now. You know, I'll look back on what I've done at the end of the tournament. I mean, you know, I'd love to go further and try and, you know, go very deep into the tournament.

You know, I'm playing well enough to do, you know, just have to keep the consistency and, you know, I can win more matches.

It's been a good start, the first week. It hasn't been physically too demanding, and now I feel good going into next week.

Q. Cilic has pretty much brushed aside his opponents to date. How dangerous do you think he'll be?

ANDY MURRAY: He's a very good player, obviously. He's young. You know, he goes for his shots. And like I said start the week, the courts are fast. Philippe Chatrier is the slowest of the courts I've played on. There is a good chance we might play on there.

No, he plays well. He's got a big game, and he's dangerous if he's confident, you know. But I beat him the times we've played on the tour. I'll take that into the match.

Q. Can you just think ahead for a second, Shanghai, not as a Masters Cup, but as a Masters. Do you think it's going to be a different kind of a tournament to play it as just a regular Masters compared to what you experienced last year?

ANDY MURRAY: Compared with The Masters Cup?

Q. With 8 guys versus 48 or whatever it's going to be.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, obviously it's going to be different. I mean, The Masters Cup ‑‑I mean, obviously to win the Masters Cup is a big achievement. But a lot of the guys view, I think, getting there as being, you know, sort of a sign of them having a great year.

You know, whereas now it's a Masters Series it's obviously, you know, it's not the same. Different format. It's more guys playing and it comes a lot earlier in the year, so guys will be going there a lot fresher than, you know,maybe they have done in the past.

I'm sure you won't have guys, you know,pulling out like has happened in the past.

Q. Do you think it's one you could, with a special ambience, it's one you could get used to? Like a Monte‑Carlo has a certain look, and the Cincinnatis, do you think it's going to have its own identity pretty quickly?

ANDY MURRAY: I'm sure it will. I think each ‑‑ you know, it's good tohave tennis tournaments all over the world. I think, you know, I played there last year. The crowds were great. It's a huge, huge stadium.

You know, they obviously enjoy their tennis. For me,that's ‑‑ I mean, obviously the history makes tournaments special, as well. I think players enjoy tournaments when they're busy, a lot of people around. You know, you get looked after well.

When I went over last year, the crowds were great, and we got looked after very well. So I'm sure we'll enjoy it.

05-30-2009, 11:16 PM
Good luck against Cilic Andy :bounce:

05-31-2009, 01:50 AM
Yes Good Luck to Andy :) And I'm very happy that Nole is out of the Tournament :D And now if someone could just get Juan out :unsure:

05-31-2009, 02:23 AM
Andy plays on dirt, he should feel like getting dirty. :shrug:

05-31-2009, 09:19 AM
Allez Andy!!!

05-31-2009, 12:00 PM
first set for Andy 7-5 :dance:

05-31-2009, 01:11 PM
I usually don't post during his matches but I have to say I'm totally loving this :hearts: 2-0 to Andy :D And a good hold :D

05-31-2009, 01:16 PM
2-0 gooooooooooooo

05-31-2009, 01:43 PM
well done :banana:

05-31-2009, 02:10 PM

05-31-2009, 02:41 PM

Awesome Andy is in QFs cant wait for the match with Gonzo should be a good one!!

Well done Andy!!!!!!!!! :banana: :kiss:

05-31-2009, 02:45 PM
Way things are going with Nadal winner of Andy Gonzo could make final :eek: :eek:

05-31-2009, 04:08 PM

Interview with Andy Murray
Sunday, May 31, 2009

A. MURRAY/M. Cilic

7‑5, 7‑6, 6‑1

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What are your thoughts after that match?

ANDY MURRAY: I thought it was good. Played well. Played maybe two bad service games, but you're always going to have a couple of moments like that in five‑set matches.

I came through all the tough situations well. I played a solid tie-break, and, you know, I was obviously very happy to win in straight sets,because he's been playing very well.

Q. What did you feel was the key, especially at the end of that second set?

ANDY MURRAY: Oh, I kept a good length, you know. It was windy on the court. Watched a little bit of Nadal/Soderling. It's tough to keep the ball deep, and I was able to do that in the tie-break. And he made some mistakes, which, you know, happens sometimes.

You know, for him, that set was more important than for me. You know, if he went down two sets it's going to be tough for him to come back. He maybe overpressed a little bit. But I kept a good length and served well.

Q. How do you feel about your game on clay, in general? Do you think that's the best you've ever played on clay?

ANDY MURRAY: I'm playing well, yeah. I mean, you don't get to the quarters of the French not playing good clay court tennis. You know, this clay court season has been good. I made semis in Monte‑Carlo and the quarters in Madrid,and now the quarters here at least.

So, you know, it's been much better than in previous years. I try and keep improving.

Q. With Novak out and Rafa struggling and Roger dropping the odd set, do you think this tournament is a bit more open than perhaps people thought originally?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean, Novak is the only one that's lost. I think, you know, he obviously didn't play the best yesterday, and that's what happens in Slams.

Each time Fed's been struggling a little bit, he's come back well. Rafa, I'd be surprised if he didn't come back and win that match.

You know, so, I don't think it is necessarily makes it more open. You still have the top two players in the world, or three, still in. You know, guys like Verdasco, Davydenko, are still all tough players that are in the tournament.

Q. What -do you think about the anti-drug system control? Rafa had the criticism about that. What do you think about? You like? Dislike? Disagree, too?

ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I said at the time that, you know, I never think about, you know, the drug testing every day. Not once since I've been here have I thought about being drug tested, you know, in the morning before matches or, you know,where I need to be for an hour.

It's just not something that you ever think about. I guess more so if you feel like you're hiding something, then maybe every morning you wakeup hoping no one comes.

I guess it's something we've got to deal with, but I don't think that it's necessary with so many tournaments in the year we play. You know, I'd rather get tested at every single tournament in the year and then, you know, three or four times during the off‑season. I mean,rather than have to make sure you're in a certain place for one hour a day.

Because it's very easy to not remember it. I don't see why we should have to think about that when we have, you know, rest weeks. I think, you know, we should be able to have a little bit more of a normal life, I guess.

Q. What do you think about Fernando González, your next round?

ANDY MURRAY: Very tough. He's won all of his matches very easy so far. He made semis in Rome. He's got a huge forehand. You know, serves well. He loves playing on clay. He's going to be a very difficult match. I have to play well.

Q. You've practiced against him a couple of times I think this week. Have you learned anything from that?

ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, I've watched him play a lot, and I think in practice you don't necessarily play against ‑‑ it's not the same as playing against him in matches.

You know, he's very unpredictable, which makes it tough to play against him. I have to play a very consistent match and keep the ball deep. You don't want to leave the ball in the middle of the court against him.

Q. Is there a sense of pride about being the third British man to get to the quarterfinals here? Does that have a special meaning for you?

ANDY MURRAY: Every time you sort of do something like that, yeah, it's nice. You know, Tim obviously made the semis here, so it would be nice to try and match that.

But, you know, more I guess for myself I always felt I could play well on clay. But, you know, I just needed a bit of time to find my game on that.

Obviously the results have got better because I've played more matches on it. You know, that's nice, but I'll try and go further.

05-31-2009, 07:48 PM
Well done :woohoo:

05-31-2009, 09:02 PM
it'll be tough against Gonzalez but bonne chance Andy, you'll need it :banana:

05-31-2009, 09:35 PM
I feel soo weird bout this. I feel Murray now has more pressure now as top seed in his half to get to finals, but Gonzo/Denko/Soda will be extremely tough, but I know he can do it, Good luck Andy. :hug:

06-01-2009, 06:14 AM
Andy Murray never ceases to amaze me :worship: Throughout the first week, I kept thinking: he's not a good claycourt player, but he's a GREAT tennis player - he can do this. And he's surpassing every expectation. I am so happy he's through to the quarter-finals, anything else is an incredible bonus. Gonzalez has been hitting his opponents off the court so far, but the thing about Andy is that he will not be beaten into submission, he's such a tactically smart player. Go Andy!!! I dare believe...

06-01-2009, 07:06 AM
gonzo is the big hinder to the final semifinal :p

06-01-2009, 10:12 AM
GL to Andy against Gonzo - it's a very tough match...

06-01-2009, 11:13 AM
Andy has just been interviewed by "France Televisions", he said he was quite stunned by Rafa's loss yesterday like everyone. Then the journalist asked him if now he was aiming to win RG. Andy said that he's taking one match at a time and that Federer was the clear favourite now. He said anyway that at least he'll try his best to get to the final;)
oh and he said "bonjour" , me liked that :hearts: :lol:

06-01-2009, 11:23 AM
Can you imagine if Andy won the title?

How fantastic would that be....and truly bizarre :lol:

06-01-2009, 11:29 AM
tell me about it, that would be awesome but bizarre, like you said :lol:

06-01-2009, 12:10 PM
Well, prefer not to stray too far. ;)

06-01-2009, 02:46 PM
Can you imagine if Andy won the title?

How fantastic would that be....and truly bizarre :lol:

what are u drinking:o:p

06-01-2009, 06:58 PM
Im soo nervous for tommorow. Please win Andy!! Hoping WTA match runs over i dont get in till 5, and i dont want to miss this!!!

Corey Feldman
06-02-2009, 02:09 AM
would have liked to have seen Andy saying bonjour on french tv :lol:

06-02-2009, 02:48 PM
for who is there tiriac :o

2-2 :scared:

06-02-2009, 02:49 PM
hope in some gifts from gonzo like this one


06-02-2009, 02:50 PM
andy u cant play so slow and permit gonzo to play with his fhand:o

06-02-2009, 02:54 PM
after the lob go to the net:o

edit gonzo 3-2

am i alone here?

06-02-2009, 03:00 PM
thk gonzo for the smash:o and good ace muzza:D

06-02-2009, 03:05 PM
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :(
no way :(

06-02-2009, 03:10 PM
6/3 finish of the dream:sad:

06-02-2009, 03:47 PM
3-6 6-3 the dream continues... ;)

:o See what happens when I post here during a match :rolleyes:

Andy's gone walkabout 0-6 :eek:

06-02-2009, 04:10 PM
near to be 6-0 stop the dreams..

06-02-2009, 04:16 PM

06-02-2009, 04:47 PM
expected loss :sad: but good run Andy, bring on the grass :smoke:

06-02-2009, 04:49 PM
pity for the 6-0
but glad he made the QF on cly at rg
now go to the grass

06-02-2009, 04:55 PM
Gonzo wins 63 36 60 64

Disappointing but not terribly surprising...Gonzo is in good form on the clay and his superior clay game came through today.

06-02-2009, 05:25 PM
:sad: :sad: Oh well no worries.

Wimbledon in 3 weeks :D

06-02-2009, 05:26 PM
before queens;)

06-02-2009, 05:31 PM
Queens starts Monday i think. Queens would be nice but its ALL about Wimbledon now. :D

I hope the brit media idiots arent too hard on Murray after this match...and dont give him a hard time a Wimbledon, you cant blame him for prefferring USO.

06-02-2009, 05:51 PM
Only a bit disappointed, I didn't expect he would get this far on clay. He has secured his #3 ranking for a while, at least.

I hope he does well on the grass - though I'm not expecting a Wimby win, either. I'm hoping for semis, though.

06-02-2009, 06:27 PM
i think like u..bte semi at wimbly no bad too:lol: but ,as always,step by step
and the london weather should help him more then this french hot

06-02-2009, 06:52 PM
I'm very proud of him for getting this far (ignoring the third set :o)

06-02-2009, 07:53 PM

Interview with Andy Murray
Tuesday, June 2, 2009


6‑3, 3‑6, 6‑0, 6‑4

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. It seemed to go pretty well at the start, and then it all went to hell after the start of the third set, particularly that third set.

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, he played a perfect third set. But, you know, I had a long game on my serve. Maybe if I had won that maybe it would have been a bit different.

I had the momentum there, and I didn't go with it. I mean,I've got to give a lot of credit to him. I played against him before and he hits the ball hard, but today he was hitting it huge.

And, you know, it's quite easy sort of sitting to the side to sort of look and think, you know, oh, you could have done this; you could have done that. The guy is hitting ball so hard. I mean, no one's hit the ball that big.

You know, if that happens, sometimes you've got to say, Too good. But, you know, there's a couple of things, like I said, start of the third set I was disappointed with. I had a few chances there to hold serve and didn't take them, and then at the end of the match I played a poor, poor game and when I broke back, which is not like me.

Because I got myself back into the match there and played four bad points. It was a good week, couple of weeks.

Q. What was it in particular that surprised you about him?

ANDY MURRAY: Nothing surprised me. I mean, you know how the guy plays. I've watched a lot of his matches. He's been around a long time. Well, you can ask him when he comes up. I thought he hit his forehand great. He made very few errors off it.

Maybe I hit a few too many balls to his forehand. But, you know, his one‑two punch off his serve and the forehand today was pretty impressive.

Q. You knew you were going to have to deal with that forehand. Did you have any specific tactic to try and evade it or play it or play the backhand all the time? What was your mindset going in?

ANDY MURRAY: No, I mean, it's stuff that you can try and do. I mean, you can hit the ball short to his forehand side, because normally he's waiting on the backhand side to runaround and hit it.

I mean, if you look at some of the shots he's hit, he's hitting forehands from like a meter wide of the tram line on some points and hitting winners off them.

Even if you try to hit a ball to his backhand, then he makes his sort of mind up that actually I want to hit a forehand on this shot, and he runs around and spanks a winner. You can't do a whole lot with it.

You know, there's obviously things that you try to do to help. But against all the good players, they can sometimes come up with great shots.

Q. Do you think you were beaten by a better clay‑court player today, or just a better player on the day?

ANDY MURRAY: Um, I mean, his results on clay have been a lot better than mine. He has more experience and won tournaments on it. Yeah, I guess he's a better clay‑court player.

But I still think I had my chances and didn't take them, and he came up with some big shots when he needed to. That's why he won,and he deserved to.

Q. Can you just give us your verdict on the tournament as a whole? Clay court season?

ANDY MURRAY: It's been very good for me, a lot better than previous years. I stayed injury‑free. Physically I felt good on the court. I thought I moved better. You know, I had good results.

I mean, it's not like,you know, the Nadal results or whatever. But, you know, next year I can improve a round or so each tournament,or, you know, not have one early loss and consistently getting to the end of the tournaments. That would be good.

I'm happy with the way the clay court season went. It could have been a lot worse,that's for sure.

Q. Your defense against him was really good the first two sets, and you got to a lot of his forehands. Does it wear you down when he keeps coming up, and is that the biggest forehand in tennis? Is it just relentless?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, his forehand is the biggest. I mean ‑‑ yeah, I think it is. I mean he, yeah, can hit winners from anywhere on the court. That's why it's dangerous. Some guys can hit huge forehands when they're in the middle the court. Some guys hit huge forehand returns.

But he can hit huge forehand returns. He hits it great on the run. He can hit his forehand from anywhere on the court. That's why it's very dangerous.

But, you know, it's not like ‑‑ it didn't wear me down. Physically there wasn't any issues there. I just got myself back into the match in the fourth set and didn't quite take my opportunities when I had them.

You know, I didn't hit my backhand particularly well today, which is normally one of my best shots.

Q. Everyone's talking about what an open tournament it is now. But another guy, South American that we're still not hearing much about is Del Potro. Do you think he is a legitimate threat to win this tournament?

ANDY MURRAY: Um, yeah, I mean, he's not got that much experience in the end of Slams, but he's obviously confident. He's playing well. He's got a very poor record against Federer. I don't think he's ever won a set against him.

May be a huge struggle if he plays Roger. Roger struggled in a lot of his matches here, as well. He's probably feeling, you know, the pressure of this being his chance to win the French.

Yeah, anything can happen. I think that's what's great about Slams. It has been slightly predictable the last few years, but I think tennis this year has seen a big change.

Q. You were relatively demonstrative emotionally at times. Do you feel like there were any moments when you were not as much emotionally in control as you would want to be? And when were those moments?

ANDY MURRAY: No, I always felt like I was in control of my emotions. But sometimes, you know, at the beginning of the second set ‑‑ sorry, beginning of the third set, you know, I didn't really say a whole lot.

Then I tried to fire myself up early in the beginning of the fourth. Like I say, I managed to start playing better, but I don't think it was anything to do with emotions why ‑‑ or whether I would have won or lost the match.

That's something that hasn't been any issue. It's all for the last year or so.

Q. Usually a Brit would be the first to ask a question about Wimbledon, but I'm just wondering, when you go there after you play on clay, what's your impression when you change from the grass to here?

ANDY MURRAY: Normally I have a lot longer to prepare on that than I had this year, so I might find that a little bit tougher, you know,at Queen's or whatnot.

But, no, the thing that's different is just the height that the ball bounces at is the main thing,obviously, here. You know, some of the kick serves and stuff are getting up like way, way, way, way above your head.

On grass, it's always coming through nice and low. It's kinda sore on the hamstrings, you know, the first few days. I don't know, it's just something you ‑‑ you have to hit it ‑‑well, you don't have to, but I try and hit a flatter ball, obviously, on grass.

That's the one big change. You don't hit a whole lot of flat shots on the clay.

Q. Good clay court season like this, does this set you up, give you more momentum going into the grass court season than perhaps you had before?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, I mean the year as a whole has been by far up to this stage my best so far. You know, I've won a lot of matches, a lot more matches on clay this year than I had in the past probably ‑‑ I probably won double the amount of matches that I had won in my life on clay before this stretch.

Yeah, I don't feel like I'm going to be rusty at all going into the grass, because obviously I played a lot and still feel confident. It's not like a match like this is going to, you know, I'm going to sort of get down about it or anything.

I'll just go and improve and work on somethings the next week or so, and hopefully be playing well on the grass.

Q. Were you aware that you could become No. 2 in the world in this tournament?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I knew ‑‑ I didn't know the exact ins and outs of how I would have got there. You know, I know if I won the tournament I would have gone to 2, and that was the one thing you try and focus on.

You know, it's sometimes quite easy to sort of wait for guys to lose and stop focusing on your own matches. You know, I was just trying to win my own matches. You know, I had the chance, but obviously not now.

06-02-2009, 07:57 PM
nice press ,thanks getta :kiss:

Corey Feldman
06-02-2009, 07:57 PM
Que Sera Sera Andy :wavey:

2 really good sets followed by 2 awful, he just cant stay with the big guns all the time on this surface

maybe next year

06-03-2009, 04:26 AM
Good effort by Andy. Gonzalez had too much firepower on the day, and deserved to win.

I'm happy to see the marked progress that Andy has achieved on clay this year. This being his weakest surface, he has done better than expected, and there are signs that he can further develop his game there, so well done to him.

At least he's got a few extra days to prepare for the grass season and I'm looking forward to seeing him at Queen's next week. Honestly, there's too much expectation on him to win Wimbledon - some people conveniently overlook the fact that he's a hard court specialist, that's where he feels most comfortable. But, he's a fantastic competitor and he believes he can beat anyone - I like that self-belief about him. I hope to see him in the second week of Wimbledon and hopefully better his QF results of last year. Good luck.

06-03-2009, 05:19 AM
Andy has turned around his claycourt record this season - he's now won more matches than he's lost on the surface. A small thing perhaps, but one that's been bugging me for a while, so I'm glad to see it.

06-03-2009, 08:21 AM
Definitely a good tournament of Andy, I am happy about that. And it's good to see how much progress he made compared to last year. That makes me optimistic for the future.