Murray Bogies Miami, Djokovic Excels; Nadal, Federer, Roddick Today
by Sean Randall | March 26th, 2011, 9:16 am
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What’s worse for a Top 5 player, losing to Donald Young or to Alex Bogomolov, Jr? Well, what about losing to BOTH Americans in straight sets in opening round Tennis Masters events this month? That’s what Andy Murray successfully accomplished yesterday in a 6-1, 7-5 shocking defeat to qualifier Bogomolov in the second round at Miami.

The loss follows the Scot’s stunning exit two weeks ago to Young at Indian Wells. And Murray has now lost his last four matches all in straight sets (9) dating back to the Australian Open loss to Novak Djokovic.

“I didn’t play particularly well,” Murray said after handing another C-level player a “career win”. “He hardly missed at all in the first set. Made it very difficult for me… he moved the ball around. When I was sort of hitting most balls crosscourt, he was hitting down the line, slicing, changing the direction of the ball, moving well.

“In practice I have been competing well. Especially this week, chasing everything down, playing a lot of good points and feeling good, then in matches I haven’t been able to get it going at all. It’s happened to me in the past where I’ve had bad moments and I’ve come back well from them.”

It’s really starting to sound like Andy, who won Miami in 2009 and lives/trains in the city part-time, needs to take some some time off from tennis (focus more on video games?).

“In terms of being in Miami and being from the town, yeah, the sentimental value is huge,” said 118th-ranked Bogomolov. “But, coming back from injuries, from my surgery [two years ago], was definitely something special, as well, because I didn’t think I was going to play tennis again. So to get the first win after that was big.

While Murray is mired in his worst career slump, his conqueror in the Australian Open final has never played better. Last night Djokovic improved his win streak to 21 with a perfect 19-0 record in 2011.

Dressed in an airline pilot’s outfit from his Head video in honor of the relief effort in Japan, Djokovic destroyed Denis Istomin 6-0, 6-1.

“Everything was working perfect,” Djokovic said. “Most of the shots I was hitting were winners, so I wasn’t making a lot of mistakes.”

“I’m fresh mentally, motivated to have even more success. I’m looking to upcoming challenges. I know it’s only been a couple of months of the year, but I have been playing great, and I want to keep on doing that.”

Other winners yesterday were Juan Martin Del Potro who won a 3-hour thriller over Phil Kohlschreiber. Robin Soderling also needed three sets to oust Ivan Dodig and David Ferrer eased past Igor Kunistyn.

The spiraling Fernando Verdasco was upset by Pablo Andujar, Marcel Granollers stunned Stan Wawrinka and Somdev Devvarman ended the hopes of Milos Raonic.

American men had great day going 5-0 with wins from James Blake, John Isners, Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish and Bogomolov.

In the women’s bracket, Vera Zvonareva survived a scare from countrywoman Dinara Safina while Ana Ivanovic cruised past Kimiko Date-Krumm. And the loss by Vavara Lepchecheko left ZERO American women remaining in the final 32.

The Saturday schedule is loaded with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova all on Stadium court.

And continuing the trend of top players playing doubles, Murray will team with Djokovic in doubles later today.

Matches are on Tennis Channel all day Saturday.

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, 26 MARCH, 2011

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[11] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs S Peng (CHN) – WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
[3] R Federer (SUI) vs R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
P Cuevas (URU) vs [8] A Roddick (USA) – ATP
[WC] S Lisicki (GER) vs [16] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA

Starting at 8:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [29] D Hantuchova (SVK) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs [15] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP
[22] M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [Q] O Rochus (BEL) – ATP
[4] S Stosur (AUS) vs [30] L Safarova (CZE) – WTA
J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [18] M Cilic (CRO) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [32] J Monaco (ARG) – ATP
[25] G Simon (FRA) vs [Q] R Schuettler (GER) – ATP
[32] K Zakopalova (CZE) vs [6] J Jankovic (SRB) – WTA
[11] N Almagro (ESP) vs F Gil (POR) – ATP
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs P Cuevas (URU) / M Granollers (ESP) – ATP

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
Y Lu (TPE) vs [13] M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP
[26] A Dulgheru (ROU) vs J Larsson (SWE) – WTA
[10] J Melzer (AUT) vs P Petzschner (GER) – ATP
S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / A Murray (GBR) – ATP

Not Before 6:00 PM
[21] A Petkovic (GER) vs I Benesova (CZE) – WTA


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105 Comments for Murray Bogies Miami, Djokovic Excels; Nadal, Federer, Roddick Today

blank Says:

Murray can do both himself and Djokovic a favour by dropping out of the doubles.


Miki Says:

Why? I mean, it would be good for Murray to win one match even in doubles. Not for Djokovic/Murray as a team but rather for Andy’s confidence, he really needs it. And maybe Djokovic himself could give him some motivation and confidence boost. They are rivals, but after all they are also friends.


blank Says:

I am sure Murray signed up for doubles just to have fun and maybe get some good practice. It’s difficult to imagine how playing double will be fun now. Though I am not a big Murray fan, I hope it is useful for him. He has had a difficult few months.

As for Djokovic, I don’t know why he is even playing doubles. Being on such a hot streak, playing so much – AO, Dubai, IW, (untimely) Bogota, Miami singles and doubles…it may be just too much IMO.


Miki Says:

I agree, I don’t have a problem with it, but right now it’s a bit too much. But maybe he is trying to improve net game and his volleys, right now it’s his biggest weakness. He can practice it while training, but it’s a different thing to try something in a real match. Who knows why is he doing this.


jane Says:

Yes, while I am thrilled Nole& Andy are playing doubles, I sometimes think “is it too much”? I guess the players must know themselves. And some say when singles play doubles, they use the dubs in the place of practice hits.

Miki true that Nole can use doubles to help his net game too. I just worry that they should be focusing more on singles sometimes…


Kimmi Says:

gabashville going for upset? c’mon tsonga wake up!!


blank Says:

I can understand if Murray wants some more match practice and if he thinks doubles will help. But for Djokovic it doesn’t make sense since he, Nadal and Federer will all be playing the non-mandatory Monte Carlo Masters which starts a week after Miami. Murray is skipping it, which may be good for him. The last thing he needs when he is fragile is some early routs on Clay, his least fav surface. That won’t do his confidence any good.


skeezerweezer Says:

Watching him train in IW you would think he has limitless energy. His workouts are intense, hard hitting and meaningful. He goes through the gamut, groundies to volleys to OH to serves. But his history doesn’t write that story.

Maybe he is overcome it? We’ll see. Me thinks his playing doubs is a GREAT thing to do for his game. Much of what he lacks in his singles game ( he lacks anything now? lol )is inside the doubles game.

Hope it doesn’t affect his stamina, like blank says, may be too much tennis right now for him.

As for Murray? Maybe something else is going on in his life? Puzzling to say the least.


Kimmi Says:

monaco was serving for the match..he gets broken! now stakhovsky with another life..


blank Says:

Here is the live link for ATP action. This works in Toronto/Canada (we get the same thing on TV as well starting today), but not sure about other places. You can check it out. Quality is super.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/tennis/live_atp_tennis/


skeezerweezer Says:

@Sean

“Murray Bogies Miami”

You sure it wasn’t a double bogie? He was out at IW early also…just sayin :)


Kimmi Says:

tsonga about to be broken


Kimmi Says:

and gaba gets it…


Kimmi Says:

federer vs step..lets go fed!


blank Says:

yay! coverage is moving to Fed match!


Kimmi Says:

i did not know stepanek had mono..apparently just recovered..


Miki Says:

As I said, I don’t have a problem with Novak playing doubles, I would love to watch him in doubles, but the timing is bad. Back to back Masters 1000 tournaments, with that flight to Bogota and a real match against no other than Rafa, that’s quite exhausting. But I guess he knows best, and I believe he is not the only one making decisions about what should he do. He has a big team with doctors and everything, and his body and health are probably under constant control.


Kimmi Says:

lets go fed, no loss of concentration pls!


Duro Says:

A given word. It didn’t occurred to anyone?

Novak has agreed with Andy on playing doubles and that’s the end of the story.

Price? On any price. A word doesn’t have one.


Kimmi Says:

my internet just dies when step was serving to stay in the match..aaarg!

now they have finished, oh well! good first round fed.


Huh Says:

lov u muzza, dont lose heart, u hv got d talent 2 beat d best in busines. Best of luck 2 u n
com back strongr. I’d b rootin 4 u!


Dory Says:

Hope Andy improves well before Wimbledon. I want to see him play well on clay.


Kimmi Says:

danger for roddick, tie break

3-0 cuevas


Kimmi Says:

back to back ace..roddick needed that


Kimmi Says:

what a shot by cuevas to go 4-2 up

ace, now 5-2


Kimmi Says:

roddick wins both his points..so close


Kimmi Says:

roddick with big point to the net…

6-4 cuevas 2 match points


Andrew Miller Says:

Roddick is hurt, but playing this way is like tanking.


Kimmi Says:

game set match CUEVAS..defending champ roddick is OUT!

first win to a top 10 for cuevas.

1000 points goes down the drain for roddick!


Andrew Miller Says:

Cuevas being celebrated unnecessarily; reminds me a lot of the Jarkko Nieminen-Andre Agassi match at the 2004 French Open, where Agassi started strong, got injured, and essentially gifted the match to give Niemenen the satisfaction is beating the opponent.

Roddick did the same thing today against Cuevas – he played hurt and gifted the match to Cuevas to not embarass Cuevas in front of the home crowd. Cuevas is no Gasquet – he’s plenty good but he didnt “win” the match. He got the win, but didnt win to because anyone would have won today.


Andrew Miller Says:

I dont mean to put down Kimmi’s point, but stress that Roddick looked awful hurt out there.


billyboy512 Says:

uh…buh-bye, andy

murray and roddick..what a pair!


Kimmi Says:

saw cuevas playing on clay in hamburg two years ago. I liked his style but thought he is a clay dude. it was kind of a clay game he did today..great variety.
great backhand.

the kick serve was very effective. roddick could not read it…

too bad for roddick in miami. definitely out of the top 10 now..


Kimmi Says:

andrew miller – roddick looked injured at the end..cueves played well too i thought. it was not all because of roddick injury.


skeezerweezer Says:

Anyone know what will happen to Roddicks ranking after this? Will he be out of the top 10? Guess it might depend on players around him ( hot sauce, yous, Almagro? )?


skeezerweezer Says:

oops thanks kimmi stratch that last post of mine…


jane Says:

Kimmi is that true – will Andy R fall out of the top ten? That’s too bad, as clay season is beginning and it’s not his strong suit, though he has occasionally had good results on clay (in Rome and Madrid). Hmm… might be grass before he gets back on track.


Ben Pronin Says:

Cuevas just made sure Roddick doesn’t just fall out of the top 10, but shoots out like a rocket.


Kimmi Says:

Roddick has 3260 points now. take out 990, he will be 2270. I dont think there is a player below him that is defending that many points..so i think he will be down to 13 or 14.

Not too bad..he can gain some in rome and madrid..wimbledon too.


Andrew Miller Says:

Credit to Cuevas – Kimmi right to point this out, Cuevas gets credit (my bad). However, Roddick just looked –

can we admit he looked mediocre? Played heartless? That’s some of the worst tennis I’ve seen from Roddick.


Mila Says:

Jane, why is it too bad if Roddick falls out of Top 10?
That means that someone else gets into Top 10, which would be good for that guy.
I love ranking for that very reason – great objective measure. Without it, tennis would be like figure skating depending on the opinions, i.e. Mr. Federer would still be #1 by a big margin…


Kimmi Says:

i agree andrew. he made some bad errors that costs him, those DF for example.. at one point near the end they put aces/DF stats for both, its was 6/6 for roddick and 14/1 cuevas. roddick hit couple more aces in the tie breaker i think..but still, he should be able to out ace most players. those sloppy FH errors to the net..one at match point definitely cost him.

ben pronin article said it all. roddick has been struggling with confidence for a while now. his match at IW vs gasquet wasn’t good either


Kimmi Says:

cilic needs a win. go cilic


Kimmi Says:

break back cilic


Kimmi Says:

YES! concentrate now


Nina Says:

I don’t know about Murray… he’s now entering his least favorite section of the season… clay. He has never done good on clay so i can’t see how his game will improve in the following months. I think it’s going to be a bye for him until Wimbledon and then he will come back stronger to snatch it. Wishful thinking…

As for Nole, if I just could sign a pact with the devil so he never breaks that winning streak I swear i would! It’s so much fun seeing him like this, on center stage, being praised and written about endlessly… I like that he is the man to beat, the man to break records, the man to challenge Fedal, the man to bagel half the tour… the man in the spotlight. I’m loving every bit of it. But I know sooner or later it will end. I just hope that he doesn’t lose his game again in the process. I like this new Djokovic too much, this will probably be my favorite year in tennis… am i watching while history is being written in front of my eyes? Time will tell but it surely looks like that. What a great feeling.


jane Says:

Miki, I take your point: things change! But it is too bad for Roddick himself…


jane Says:

Nina, I think Murray is capable of playing well on clay but it is true his best results haven’t come on that surface. I like you do about Nole, in that aspect that it is SO FUN to watch him playing well, feeling happy and confident on the court, etc. Be nice to see him have a really successful and consistent year.


jane Says:

s/b “I feel like you do”


Kimmi Says:

hope cilic can come back…


steve-o Says:

There are so many times when Cilic could just play the percentages but he tries for too much instead and misses.

You feel like telling him “Why make life so complicated for yourself? Give yourself a break, it doesn’t have to be that good. Take your time, give yourself some room, hit a decent forehand, it’ll be enough.”

He’s playing a bit better now, hopefully he can turn this around.


steve-o Says:

Cilic breaks back! Now just hold…


Kimmi Says:

Hopefully he can “turn it around” i mean..soo hard to watch him..


Kimmi Says:

cilic, grrrr get the bloody ball thru the net…aaargh!


Kimmi Says:

i mean “above the net…he needs to at least hold


Kimmi Says:

wow! so tense..hold cilic


Kimmi Says:

he cant string two good points together


Kimmi Says:

tipsy helped out there..now break..now or never. i have a feeling the tie break will be suicidal for cilic.


Kimmi Says:

error and error..c’mon cilic


Kimmi Says:

ok, tie break..this is what i was hopping NOT to happen…go cilic


steve-o Says:

He’s been doing better in tiebreaks this year. But double-faulting to start it off is not how he should be doing things.


Kimmi Says:

oh no! just too many errors! c’mon


Kimmi Says:

tipsy missed easy shot..go cilic


Kimmi Says:

wow..great get by tipsy


Kimmi Says:

HO HO! what a smash…hope that helps


steve-o Says:

Cilic smashes his racket. Hopefully that will help him play a little better.

And Tipsarevic double faults.

C’mon, Marin, take your chances!


Kimmi Says:

tipsy still giving cilic a chance


Kimmi Says:

those FHs to the net..they hurt


Kimmi Says:

now cilic is pushing the ball and tipsy decides to go for it..good for him

2 match points


Kimmi Says:

tipsy beat cilic for first time apparently..

too many errors cilic! sad to watch him like this. he got really mad there at the end. hope things happens for him..


Mila Says:

Great to be a Serb these days in Miami.

Janko won in 2, Jelena won in 2.
Yesterday, Ana won in 2….

… and Novak won in … few minutes.

Janko and Ana won in doubles too.

I realize it won’t continue forever (except perhaps for Novak), but it sure feels good right now.


Kimmi Says:

rafa the bull. NIKE players with different outfit almost every tournament. like that. something to look forward to. federer outfit looks dull imo, the colours, i see he is back to no collar. rafa in green/yellow/white..yeah i like it.

c’mon nishikori give us a good match. no baking please!


Miki Says:

Mila, greetings from Novi Sad…or should that be – Veliki pozdrav iz Novog Sada :D


Kimmi Says:

good match so far


Kimmi Says:

gilbert needs to teach kei, you hit a good shot, finish at the net

rafa raising the level here


Kimmi Says:

error to the net cost him…he is learning nishikori. playing a good match so far


Kimmi Says:

just read that roddick is sick. breathing problems or something. I thought was something to do with his legs or feet..there was a time near the end of match he seem to be limping.

ATP site said he will go down to no.15. apparently he has not been that low since 2002.


Mila Says:

Thanks Miki!
Or, should that be: hvala Miki.

Pozdrav iz Majamija!


Kimmi Says:

Federer victory today ties him with Pete Sampras on 762 career match wins.

hmmmm! interesting stat!!


jane Says:

^ amazing number of wins!


goat galz Says:

So Von, what’s up with Roddick the Lung?

He loses almost 1,000 points off his ranking and will drop out of the top 10 now.

ta ta dolls


skeezerweezer Says:

@ S T A F F,

BTW think it is very un cool to be putting players “in the trunk” for injuries…shouldn’t they get a pass on that kinda/maybe/or? Care to explain that one? Do injured players qualify for “in the trunk’? Guess so 4/5 players “in the trunk” are due to injuries….errrr? Me all ears..


thark Says:

not sure we even need a trunk skeeze – strikes me as a component of the site that is not necessarily a big draw for those who come here. on a par with fashion faux pas in checkout aisle magazines imho…


thark Says:

really pulling for a delpo comeback but not against pop goes the dimple! hating the draw demons for that one…


WTF Says:

Form is temporary. Slumps come and go. But he has the ingredients needed to win a grand slam. I don’t think Young or Bogomolov Jr can ever win a slam. They just don’t have it in them.

Whether Murray will or not remains to be seen. He is still 23, and if he retires at 30, he’ll have about 28 more opportunities to get one, and he’s already knocked on the door several times. He only needs to get past that final mental hurdle. I think in 28 tries, he can get one. It would take a monumental failure to often come so close but never get there. Even chokers who eventually lose slam finals will eventually overcome that hurdle.


Polo Says:

I will go with Del Potro over Soderling. Or that is what I want to happen.

The best that Blake can hope for will be to escape without a bagel set from Djokovic.

Murray needs to hire a sports psychologist as fast as he can (or get a different one if he already has one). A major win is moving farther and farther away from his grasp. He has turned into the female version of Dinara Safina.


Polo Says:

I predict I bad Wimbledon for Murray and Roddick. I really hope Murray can extricate himself from this slump and be a real contender again in any tournament he enters.

Roddick is over. He will still win against players ranked low enough for him to bully but he will be hard pressed to win any tournament of consequence. As long as the really good players are entered, Roddick stands no chance.


margot Says:

WTF: very encouraging, thanx :)


Lulu Iberica Says:

If Murray somehow completely revamps his attitude he can win a slam. If somehow Roger, Rafa, Novak, and maybe a few other guys are all knocked out early, and Murray gets to face some kid or second-tier player on a hot streak in a slam final, maybe he can win a slam. Facing Rafa, Rog, or Novak (maybe even Sod or Ferrer or some other top player who has a slightly inferior game to Murray) with his current mentality, he is never going to win, because with any of those guys, even if they are having a terrible day, they are going to fight tooth and nail in a slam final. That is why I don’t think just because Murray frequently gets close, that he will eventually win a slam — the problem is intrinsic to Murray himself. Of course, maybe I’m wrong and all the Muzza fans will be vindicated soon.


Polo Says:

I think Murray gets disheartened with each loss. But instead of getting the resolve to strive harder, he takes a backward stop and gets worse. Somehow I don’t see in him the mental toughness that Nadal, Djokovic and Federer possess.


grendel Says:

Polo, you underestimate the effect of being British has on Murray. I’m not referring to the dreaded media here. It’s a wider problem – where tennis is concerned in particular, and up to a certain point where sport in general is concerned.


Polo Says:

Grendel, doesn’t the effect of being British on his game another aspect of the mental toughness I was referring to? I hope Murray can find a way to unburden himself with the stress of expectations. I really would like to see him win a major, even more. Not for anything but to I believe he is capable of playing better once he gets that monkey off his back.


Polo Says:

…isn’t the effect… (sorry for the poor grammar). Hahaha!


grendel Says:

It’s only a theory, Polo, but I’ve always suspected that because the British invented so many sports, they kind of got very complacent. It’s hard to believe, but if you read popular novels from the 1920′s, say, people like Buchan, Conan Doyle and so on, you get frequent references to how sporty the British are (as opposed to those decadent Europeans). Also, from a French perspective, say, you get the same thing but with a different emphasis. Thus while the the French were suave and artistic, the British were stodgy and unimaginative – but very good at sport. Note, the latter was not intended to be complimentary.

It seems to me that these ideas kind of filtered through into the British consciousness. It was a terrible shock when the English football team was defeated, thrashed in fact, by the Hungarians at Wembley in I think 1953 – the first time England had ever been beaten at home. A wake up call, you might think.

Somehow, the alarm bell didn’t quite register. The complacency slid seamlessly through into a sort of defeatism, and every victory (at cricket, football whatever) was greeted with a kind of surprised gratitude. And followed by a dour expectation that this was merely the exception which proved the rule.

All this was especially true of tennis. Not only had England invented tennis, the first famous practioner being Henry 8th, there was Fred Perry, Bunny Austin and above all Wimbledon, the Cathedral of tennis. Whereas the Australians and the Americans, up to a point the French (the French have always been “up to a point” after all in just about anything), the Germans and the Dutch, and then the East Europeans and Russians and now the Asians, tomorrow perhaps the Africans – whereas they all took it for granted that success had to be earned by hard and dedicated work, the British took success to be their due. And when this turned out not to be so, they either went into a massive sulk (after all, we’ve got Wimbledon, which is eternal – what have they got?), or imagined everything could be solved by throwing massive amounts of money at the problem. When Britain, a year or two ago, got beaten in the Davis Cup by Andora or St Helena or some statelet or other, this proved not to be the case. Sheer bewilderement was followed by, I think, a throwing in of the towel. Oh, the British LTA still goes through the motions, spends millions on expensive coaches (mediocre or otherwise…) but you get the feeling it’s all just for show. Wonder boys come, and wonder boys go, shorn of wonder, and meanwhile there is always Tim Henman to serve the strawberries and cream.

This is the background against which poor Murray has to operate. I agree, Polo, that it will take a special kind of mental strength to overcome such unpromising circumstances. Well, you never know…..


jane Says:

Murray will bounce back. I am certain. In my opinion he just needs a new coach with whom to work. Since leaving Myles, he’s not really had a full time coach, so once he does, it should help him get back on track. Sports Psychologists for Dummies just came out, I saw on Amazon.com today. That is always an option too, ha ha, just kiddin. Love Muzza. He will be fine!! Go Andy M! (p.s, not kidding about the book; it really did come out on amazon.com – saw it this morning)


margot Says:

grendel: interesting that Brits r good at sport nobody in this country seems to care too much about eg Ben Ainsley a particular hero of mine, goes completely unnoticed. I could give u many other examples. I suppose it’s football which mainly supports your argument.
Interesting, Andy is not a product of the LTA, after a Southern England experience had all but destroyed Jamie, who was an immensely promising junior, Andy took himself to Spain.
jane: a rumour has surfaced that Lendl has offered his services…one can only hope….


dari Says:

Andy already made danni his hitting partner his full-time coach. I think as of last week. So no new blood to stir things up in the camp, just moving someone up.
Don’t know what it will do, but seriously, he can’t be playing this poorly much longer, he’s too good for that.


stu Says:

Nina, a little late, but great post on March 26th, 2011 at 5:04 pm. I feel exactly the same (djubilant) way :)


stu Says:

this is not really related to the thread but I thought there might be some people here interested in watching Nolandy being chatty. How can two rivals, playing a competitive doubles match as partners, be in such good spirits while losing the match?!


stu Says:

^^ whoops here’s the link:

http://goo.gl/lKrCP


jane Says:

stu it’d be nice if we knew what they were talking about; those gestures are baffling. :) ?


stu Says:

haha I know. my guess is that they were planning to put their racquets away and play the next point with their chests.


jane Says:

margot, yeah I read that at Eurosport; you think Lendl would be a good fit for Andy M? I agree with some of the posters that JMac would be ideal, as he has a fun personality and could also get Andy using his natural touch / volleying hands. Lendl might be a task master, which could be good too, so long as personalities don’t clash. But Murray would certainly have a lot of respect for him. And Lendl would be ideal for the mental strength. Lendl’s game was more baseline oriented, with less innate variety than Murray has, but since the game is mainly played from back there these days, it could work – will have to keep abreast of this possible match up. I think it could be super exciting for Andy M and tennis as a whole!


jane Says:

stu, lol, ha ha, it looked like it. At first I thought punching match? Rocking a baby? Who knows!?


Skeezerweezer Says:

grendel,

Rnjoyed your write @ 11:20

But didn’t the French invent the game, or Monks? It’s beginnings seem hazy to me and not definitive. The original court in the shape of an hourglass with the net at the pinched part..I always get lost in Euro history :(

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