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Old 05-15-2011, 12:47 PM   #361
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In Praise of Ephemera

May 15th, 2011
by Jesse Pentecost


Rome Masters 1000, Semifinal

Djokovic d. Murray, 6/1 3/6 7/6


Attempting to preserve ephemera via that most base and ephemeral of media – the internet – is doubtless a fool’s endeavour, even with the all the resources in the world. Of the hundreds of professional tennis matches played each season, there are less than a handful destined to endure in the collective memories of even devout fans, and even these few are almost exclusively drawn from several dozen matches between marquee players, and from the four majors or – occasionally – Davis Cup. There is little use in railing against it, since the collective memory has never been capacious, and if anything the prevailing mania for documenting everything has served to enlarge it. We can now download an early round match from, say, San Jose in 2001, whereas even professional results from the 1960s are irrecoverably lost.

Of the early contenders for Match of the Year, three have occurred in Rome this week. By any reasonable measure, the tournament must already be considered a success, and the final hasn’t even been played yet. Furthermore, two of the classic matches of the last decade were Rome finals (2005 and 2006), with the latter being notorious for helping Tommy Roberdo to his sole Masters title the following week in Hamburg, when both Federer and Nadal were too buggered to turn up. The ruling body were so incensed at this outcome that best-of-five finals were summarily outlawed. Anyway, Rome’s reputation as the clay Masters par excellence has been well-earned, and the latest installment has been one to remember. The problem is that unless the final is an epic, almost no one will remember it.

For several reasons, it is unlikely the final will be an epic. Firstly, Novak Djokovic already looked spent halfway through today’s gripping encounter with Andy Murray. The second half of the match proved considerably more work than the first, so he’ll surely have little left for Nadal. Secondly, the best-of-three format rarely produces epics, although Djokovic and Nadal have demonstrated that quantity trumps quality, so long as they hang around long enough. I speak of course of the Madrid 2009 semifinal, in which Nadal overcame Djokovic in about four and half hours. It is the longest best-of-three match in history, although that merely measues time on court, and not actual time hitting a tennis ball. It is not inconceivable that tomorrow’s final will outlast Madrid, so long as they take a 45 second break between each point, instead of the usual 40.



As for today’s match, which deserves to be remembered for a long time but sadly won’t be, it was truly superb. It revealed nothing about Djokovic that we didn’t already know, and little that wasn’t explicit in a streak of 38 matches: he’s the best player going around, he loves to thump his out-thrust chest, his parents are insufferable, and he’s a hell of a nice guy. And Murray? It showed us that he can play well on clay. This week. Anyone who claims to know how he’ll play next week or, more importantly, the week after, is foolish or wrong. He proved long ago that, when he’s on, he can expose weaknesses in every opponent’s game. That includes Djokovic, who today was stranded for a time in the Scot’s psychic mire, and inexorably submerged. He was lucky to haul himself out with his very last gasp of breath. His overblown roars afterward suggested nothing so much as titanic relief.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:18 AM   #362
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60 seconds with: Andy Murray

07 Jun 2011
By Simon Cambers



Photo: Tommy Hindley

Any nicknames?

I don't actually have any, at least that I know of. Pretty much everyone that I know in tennis has one, but I've slipped under the radar. Too difficult to pigeon hole. Haha!

If you weren’t a tennis player, what would you be?

It's something I get asked a lot and the only thing I know is that I couldn't work in an office. It'd be in sport, and outdoors. Anything else and I think I'd go stir crazy.

Which website do you check the most?

Couldn't really pin it down to one. It'd be a combination of fantasy basketball, fantasy football, boxing news and YouTube.

What do you regard as your biggest achievement in tennis?

Turning pro still feels pretty big.

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would you want to play you?

Sir Sean Connery.

What do you do when you’re not playing tennis?

Not think about it. I try and switch off from the day job as much as possible and spend time with my girlfriend, our dogs and my friends.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

The Bahamas are pretty nice, and I love Miami too.

What is the best Davis Cup atmosphere you’ve played in?

All the home ties are special, the atmosphere is incredible. It's just different to anything we get on the tour.

Who is the most famous person in your phone book?

Sir Sean Connery.

If you were singing karaoke, what song would you pick?

Mr Brightside by The Killers. I've done it to death on the Playstation. I score highly on the game but you definitely wouldn't pay to hear it from me.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

Not really. I like to get to the locker room early, relax and get in the right frame of mind.

What was the last music you downloaded on iTunes?

I ran into the sea with my iPod a while ago and that's kind of put my relationship with iTunes on hold for the time being.

If you could pick three people from history to have dinner with, who would they be?

Mohammad Ali, Ricky Gervais and Jose Mourinho.

What has been your best Davis Cup moment?

The first time you represent your country is very special and beating [Jonathan] Erlich and [Andy] Ram with David Sherwood in Israel is right up there.

And your worst Davis Cup moment?

Anytime we've lost a tie. Cliched but true.

Tell us something about Andy Murray we don’t know…

In another life I'd have been a decent footballer, and I sneeze if I look up at the sun.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:24 AM   #363
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haha, i sneeze when exposed to a sudden bright light too. it's the same crossed nerve signals in my brain as those Chris gave me in Paris a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:30 AM   #364
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An article about Murray's thoughts about Wimbledon.
http://thebigtip.com.au/tennis/murra...bledon-chances
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:19 AM   #365
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Victory Without Triumph

August 22nd, 2011
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Cincinnati Masters, Final

(4) Murray d. (1) Djokovic, 6/4 3/0 Ret.




For the second week in a row, Novak Djokovic arrived at a Masters final courtesy of a default. Today he departed due to one, meaning that his second streak of the year has ended not with a Parisian bang – an event otherwise not to be missed – but with a soggy Midwestern whimper. The tin sky wept and Andy Murray, even in victory, remained glum as ever. It was victory, but it was hardly triumph.

Still, it’s better than losing, and certainly beats stuffing your right shoulder a week out from the year’s last major. Watching Murray eventually hoist that strange urn, I was reminded of last year’s Asian swing, when he subsided meekly for Ivan Ljubicic in Beijing, only to rise to the Shanghai title a week later, venomously thrashing an in-form Roger Federer in the final. Actually, in writing that I am reminded of countless other examples. Inconsistency is the thing to know about Murray, the sole certainty. After all, arriving in Cincinnati, he had not won a set on North American hardcourts this year, a combination of geography and surface that traditionally suits him best. Now, Murray has his seventh Masters title, and by the reckoning of some – including the flippantly flighty Jim Courier – has pushed his way to favouratism for the US Open, a psychic space historically guaranteed to cripple the dour Scot. Let’s see how that one plays out. If Djokovic wasn’t Djokovic, and if his shoulder wasn’t buggered, Murray would probably be the story of the week.

But there’s just no getting away from Novak right now. He has suffered just his second loss of 2011, so that’s a story in itself, and will sustain everyone for a day or two. By then the US Open build-up week will be well into its stride, an escalating chain of tawdry, lame or dull Media Events, designed to pique our interesting, and not to be confused with those interminably humourless press conferences inflicted on top players, which serve no discernable purpose at all. It’s here that you have to feel for Djokovic. He will endure approximately 82,000 questions about his shoulder, and he will have no choice but to give the same answer each time, since it’s just a shoulder and there’s not that much to say. Whatever he says, it will be all he can say, and it certainly won’t be the whole truth.
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US Open - Murray to be Djokovic's best man

British number one Andy Murray is to be best man at the wedding of Novak Djokovic when the Serb gets married next month.

Local media in both Serbia and Scotland reported that the Scot will be stood next to Djokovic when he weds Jelena Ristic in Kosovo in October.
The world number one's fiancee - who has been his on-and-off girlfriend for five years - is rarely seen at tennis tournaments, instead spending most of her time at the home she shares with Djokovic in Monaco, where she is studying for a masters degree.
As for Djokovic and Murray, their fierce on-court rivalry belies the fact that they have been friends ever since they started facing each other regularly in junior tournaments at the age of 12.
Murray won that first match with ease, but since then Djokovic has gone on to have the greater success.
They still practice and socialise together regularly, even though Djokovic admitted earlier this year that it is difficult to remain friends while being rivals: "The reality is none of us can be real mates while we are fighting for history," he said.
"But one day, when we've all retired, I look forward to sitting down over a beer with them all, and their families, and remember what we went through."
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/020920...-best-man.html

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wow...that's amazing if true - and so sweet
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Any opportunity to get the kilt out!
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Andy is now qualified for London World Tour Finals:

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wow...that's amazing if true - and so sweet
Still haven't seen it from a reliable source though!
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I could do without the midnight on Sunday start
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It's a bit brutal isn't it! I guess I got lucky with having Monday off
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Judy Murray is the new Fed Cup captain for 2012

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Judy seems really excited about it, which is nice
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