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Ok i recently posted this in another thread:
"I dont know if anyone feels the same, but you have to question whether murray really is a claycourt player like he makes out. His results have been crap on clay, and the only evidence we have of him being any good on the surface is his wannabe talk. He always talks himself up on clay, and then has bad results!

I have had a closer look at his results on clay:

Ettlingen Challenger Qualifying Draw Germany
CH 21 May 2005 to 22 May 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 L Marcel GRANOLLERS-PUJOL (ESP) 4-6 1-6


Dresden Challenger Germany
CH 16 May 2005 to 22 May 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 W German PUENTES-ALCANIZ (ESP) 6-3 6-3
16 L Michael LAMMER (SUI) 4-6 3-6


Spain F6 Futures Spain
FU 02 May 2005 to 08 May 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 W Pablo ANDUJAR-ALBA (ESP) 6-1 4-6 6-3
16 W Javier GARRAPIZ-BORDERIAS (ESP) 6-3 6-0
QF L Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP) 4-6 3-6


Spain F5 Futures Spain
FU 25 Apr 2005 to 01 May 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 W Stephane BOHLI (SUI) 7-5 0-6 6-4
16 W Daniel MONEDERO-GONZALEZ (ESP) 6-4 4-6 6-3
QF W Borja MARTINEZ-LEJARZA (ESP) 6-0 6-1
SF L Javier GENARO-MARTINEZ (ESP) 5-7 5-7


Barcelona Spain
CS 18 Apr 2005 to 24 Apr 2005 Entry : WC Clay (O)
64 L Jan HERNYCH (CZE) 6-3 4-6 4-6


Valencia Qualifying Draw Spain
WS 02 Apr 2005 to 03 Apr 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 L Federico LUZZI (ITA) 3-6 3-6


Napoli Challenger Qualifying Draw Italy
CH 26 Mar 2005 to 27 Mar 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 L Julio SILVA (BRA) 3-6 3-6


Barletta Challenger Italy
CH 21 Mar 2005 to 27 Mar 2005 Entry : Q Clay (O)
32 W Arnaud DI PASQUALE (FRA) 6-4 6-3
16 L Alessio DI MAURO (ITA) 2-6 1-6


Barletta Challenger Qualifying Draw Italy
CH 19 Mar 2005 to 20 Mar 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 B BYE
16 W Maximilian ABEL (GER) 6-7(7) 6-3 7-5
QF W Giancarlo PETRAZZUOLO (ITA) 6-3 6-1



Santiago Challenger Qualifying Draw Chile
CH 23 Jan 2005 to 24 Jan 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 L Felipe PARADA (CHI) 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 3-6


La Serena Challenger Qualifying Draw Chile
CH 15 Jan 2005 to 16 Jan 2005 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 W Luis HORMAZABAL (CHI) 6-2 6-1
16 W Oscar SERRANO-GAMEZ (ESP) 6-3 6-3
QF L Juan-Antonio MARIN (CRC) 5-7 3-6


Spain F34A Futures Spain
FU 13 Dec 2004 to 19 Dec 2004 Entry : DA Clay (O)
32 W Hugo TARACIDO-LOUREIRO (ESP) 6-0 6-3
16 W Gorka FRAILE-EXTEBERRIA (ESP) 6-3 6-4
QF W Andis JUSKA (LAT) 6-3 RET
SF W Dusan KAROL (CZE) 7-5 6-1
FR W Nicolas TOURTE (FRA) 6-4 5-7 7-5

Now compared to his results on hardcourt/grass (His record on clay is quite inferior). I dont think he even made the rolandgarros junior final did he? And Of course have to add his loss today.
 

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He is young give him time. Look how long it took Roger to become great on clay although Roger was great on clay as a junior.
 

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wel judeing on todays performance then no, but why would he say his best surface is clay if it isnt? maybe after a few years on tour his results on clay will be better than his results on other surfaces
 

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He's a teenager. His hormones confuse him. He loves to be spanked on clay :drool: :smash:
 

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Dirk said:
He is young give him time. Look how long it took Roger to become great on clay although Roger was great on clay as a junior.
Yeah but i dont think roger was constantly talking himself up as a claycourt player. Its only because of what murray has said that it made me wonder how good he really is on the surface.
 

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1sun said:
wel judeing on todays performance then no, but why would he say his best surface is clay if it isnt? maybe after a few years on tour his results on clay will be better than his results on other surfaces
Maybe he is just a wannabe :shrug: But i do find it hard to believe that it could be his best surface. But i am also confused on why he would say it :p
 

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well he said he likes to play on clay, so maybe he enjoys it even if his results aren't great :shrug:
 

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Good drop shots but footwork is crap for clay, and not so much topspin from what I saw live today... Stan is better !
 

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well he said he likes to play on clay, so maybe he enjoys it even if his results aren't great :shrug:
Thats what i thought, he says his best surface is clay (as in ability wise). But I guess maybe his favourite surface is clay (and because of that, he thinks its his best surface :eek: )
 

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joeb_uk said:
Thats what i thought, he says his best surface is clay (as in ability wise). But I guess maybe his favourite surface is clay (and because of that, he thinks its his best surface :eek: )
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Good drop shots but footwork is crap for clay, and not so much topspin from what I saw live today... Stan is better !
yeah hes a bit lazy on the footwork. he has sum good drop shots but how many do you need to play in a match? :eek: he seemed to be hititng one evry second ball and they were getting way to predictable. he wasnt winning the majority of the points when he drop shotted so it was a bit of a bad tactic. his shot selection was poor as well today, but you can tell he has alot to improve on which is a good sign really, if he works hard, he can go far.
 

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He constructs the points well! He plays great from what I see! This means nothing, he improved more than 200%:ras: He can play with topspin too, but he doesn't like. He showed some good shot-making today:D Hopefully he continues like this, then it's not much time to go till he's on top of the game:woohoo:

HE GOT THE 3RD WC INTO BANGKOK:woohoo::yeah:
 

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1sun said:
yeah hes a bit lazy on the footwork. he has sum good drop shots but how many do you need to play in a match? :eek: he seemed to be hititng one evry second ball and they were getting way to predictable. he wasnt winning the majority of the points when he drop shotted so it was a bit of a bad tactic. his shot selection was poor as well today, but you can tell he has alot to improve on which is a good sign really, if he works hard, he can go far.
He got stronger too:yeah:
 

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Well I would say no.. And joeb_uk, Murray made it to the SF of the FO Junior this year ;) to answer your question in your first post. Atm I am wondering how he could do this coz today he reaaaaaally played poorly (sorry to his fans)... Dropshots, sometimes strong serve... what else? Nearly nothing... At least to little to win at least a set... And man this boy has NO physical condition... After 2 sets he was already stretching his legs (or his back)...
 

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I agree, his game is a lot more suited to hard courts and probably grass courts too. Today was the 1st time I'd seen him play an ATP match on clay (his only previous one was against Hernych) and I didn't think he played too badly, but he doesn't have the patience, or the physical ability to continously get balls back like a Nadal or Coria. He knows his game better than anyone though, and he's got his head in the right place so if he thinks his game is best on clay then I'll go along with it, but he'll need to put in some big performances to match his efforts on the other surfaces.
 

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Not right.

He made some exellent shot-making.
And has lots of power in his groundstrokes...
I think he played a good match today, Wawrinka just made the important points.
I didn't notice that he stretch after 2 sets:lol: impossible, he can go over 3.30 without cramping.
 

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Federer_Express said:
He made some exellent shot-making.
Right, I completely agree. "SOME" not enough though...

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And has lots of power in his groundstrokes...
Quite right coz he hits the ball quick after the rebound some times...

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I think he played a good match today, Wawrinka just made the important points.
Don't agree here... Wawrinka made the important points yes, but Murray didn't play as he used to play on grass for example... What Andy only did today: DROPSHOTS! And sometimes serving well but that's nearly all...

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I didn't notice that he stretch after 2 sets:lol: impossible, he can go over 3.30 without cramping.
I was there in the stands and saw this with my own eyes, maybe at that right moment the tv camera wasn't showing him :rolleyes:
 

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Nathy said:
Right, I completely agree. "SOME" not enough though...



Quite right coz he hits the ball quick after the rebound some times...



Don't agree here... Wawrinka made the important points yes, but Murray didn't play as he used to play on grass for example... What Andy only did today: DROPSHOTS! And sometimes serving well but that's nearly all...



I was there in the stands and saw this with my own eyes, maybe at that right moment the tv camera wasn't showing him :rolleyes:
Might be, but this has nothing to do with his fitness.:eek:

Buddy, don't forget, Grass isn't Clay, At one point you have to agree, his returns were:worship: This could bring Federer some Problems:devil: I don't think that he'll beat him, but it won't be a bagel show:woohoo:
I think at the begin of the 3rd he out-played Wawrinka, it was great, the power of his FH, I can't imagine ppl said before that he has no power:haha:

yeah, the 137 mph serves are just a fluke:shrug:
 
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