Who Will Face Nadal In The Australian Open Final, Djokovic Or Murray?
by Sean Randall | January 26th, 2012, 8:13 pm
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Rafael Nadal is through to his fourth straight Grand Slam final after dispatching arch rival Roger Federer last night in four convincing sets.

Tonight, it’s Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray’s stage to see who’ll meet the Spaniard on Sunday in the Australian Open final.

Defending champion Djokovic is the clear favorite in this one. He’s beaten Murray six of ten times including their only Slam meetings which came in the 2011 Australian Open final won by the Serb comfortably in three sets.

“He looks fit,” Djokovic said of Murray. “He’s been playing well. He’s definitely, you know, I think very motivated to win his first Grand Slam. He’s been playing last two years finals here. He’s been proving to himself and to the rest of the people that the Australian Open is probably his best Grand Slam.

“But on the other hand I have been playing quite well here in last couple years,” he said. “You know, we have to expect a great match. You know, a tournament cannot ask for better matchups in semifinals. I hope that I can step out on the court trying to repeat the same thing I did last year.”

This time around, Murray brings new coach Ivan Lendl to the table. But Lendl can’t play – back in the day he would have provided good opposition for Djokovic, better than Murray. Lendl can’t hit that big forehand of his, or the backhand, or stare down Djokovic or aim for the Serb’s head. Murray’s going to have to do it. And that’s the problem.

While Lendl was offensive minded in his playing days, Murray has largely been defensive. Playing defense often works great when faced with lesser, especially fatigued competition as Murray has enjoyed this Australian Open. The Scot could not had a softer path to the semifinals.

So in that regard Murray will be fresh but untested coming into this match.

Djokovic navigated a similar, cushy road the first week but the last couple rounds he was pressured by Lleyton Hewitt and then by David Ferrer. In that Ferrer match there did seem to be some leg issues, but if you take Djokovic’s words – he said it was nothing – he should be fresh and fit for tonight.

Djokovic has of course been virtually unbeatable in Grand Slam play. Since the start of last season he’s won 30 of his last 31 matches in Slams losing just that 4-set thriller to Federer in the French Open semifinals and 12 straight at the Australian Open.

He says he loves Rod Laver court, the conditions are not expected to be hot and Murray really hasn’t beaten Novak in three years since Miami.

Adding extra motivation for the Serb is the fact that he knows Nadal awaits Sunday, and we all know he’s owned Nadal. Federer would have been a tougher match, but Nadal is the better matchup for Novak.

The styles also give the edge to the World No. 1. Novak can hurt you any number of ways and no one can change direction or extend like Djokovic. I would say he even defends better than Murray, though I’ll give Andy a slight edge in speed and fitness.

Both guys are playing well. Murray’s undefeated with Lendl however he really hasn’t been any top notch opponents. Djokovic, in a reverse-Federer way, really faded after the US Open making some, like me, to wonder if that magic was gone. But it seems to have returned this week. I guess we’ll find out tonight.

“I’m sure that is going to be, you know, a tactical challenge for both of us, you know, how we gonna perform,” Djokovic said. “In the end I think it’s very important mentally for both of us to start off well in that match.”

As for my pick, yesterday in wrongly tabbing Federer I went with what I saw from Federer/Nadal on the court the last few months and disregarded their head-to-head matchup which clearly pointed to Nadal. Today, I’m looking at both and both tell me Djokovic is the guy.

Novak, though, did drop a curious set to Hewitt and Ferrer pushed him at times in the quarters, so I think Murray, assuming he’ll be on the attack under Lendl’s guidance, will make an impression and we’ll have a match. But the numbers, the conditions, the game and the experience favor Djokovic in four sets.

Match begins at 3:30am ET on ESPN2.


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348 Comments for Who Will Face Nadal In The Australian Open Final, Djokovic Or Murray?

marko Says:

Have to agree in that I’d give a significant, but not overwhelming, edge to Djokovic. I certainly think Murray has a better chance of beating him than Nadal does these days.

It occurred to me though that if Djokovic goes through then the 1 and 2 seeds would face off in the final for 3 consecutive majors. Now, that’s consistent domination for the top 2. I don’t know if that’s happened before, but I’m sure it’s not common.


Raging Bull Says:

I hope we get to see hard fought 5 hours semi and finally Murray coming through and setting up for a great final (for Rafa and his fans…LOL) on Sunday.


Wog boy Says:

Andy has a game that can trouble Nole, he proved that, but if Nole is 100% and more important, SWITCHED ON, he should go to final. Sometimes when I look at his eyes during the they look empty, like he is gone fishing, that is when I am worried. Lost against Andy is least painful ,compare to others.


Raging Bull Says:

Dave,

Where are you ???

Missing your loooong posts ??

Please come back and enlighten us on why Federer lost to Rafa.

Back issues ?
Leg issues ?
head issues ?
blue clay ?
mono ?
stereo ?
Dolby/DTS ??????

Pleeeeeeeeeeease come back with your “analysis”.

I really enjoy posts….and also love the accolades the other Fed-tards pour at you for your “objective analysis”


Raging Bull Says:

Wog boy,

I beleive Nole is doing fine.

He has learnt (from Rafa and Federer) the art of looking a bit vulnerable during the early rounds and peaking against the best players in semis and finals.

He will thrash Murray and come out as a winner on Sunday too after a hardfought final with Rafa. Its your (Nole fans) time under the sun…..Enjoy !!!


carlo Says:

Preferably one of them wins in straight sets and goes to the final reasonably fresh and strong. This occasion really calls for a commanding performance by Djokovic. Definitely, the edge is to the #1. Murray getting his first slam may be my personal mantra, but Djokovic coming out of this Semi a match away from a 5th GS sounds like a great start to 2012 for the Super Serb. PhenomeNole FTW.


al Says:

Sean predicted a Nole win. He is doomed, DOOMED…..!


Wog boy Says:

Raging Bull,

I you say so….I am not going to argue that one !


raven Says:

Raging bull you are one sick Rafa fan. Poor Rafa, if he loses teh final, he will have the perfect excuse, My skoulder was hurting,no? My knee was hurting, no? I was too busy picking my butt, no? And that heavenly smell, made me lose my concentration, no?


Wog boy Says:

Should be…If you say so, and not .^I you say so^


Raging bull Says:

raven,

Your posts are not so great….too short….please try to write more.
You have to learn from your fellow Fed-tards like Dave and madmax….you can do better…come on.


Thangs Says:

Hope Sean’s jinx works well in this semi too.


Angel Says:

Djokovic is going to send the scotish and the spaniard home empty handed. Sorry Raging Bull.


Angel Says:

Ranging Bull the thing you cannot accept and that’s for sure it’s that Federer will be remembered as The Greatest Of All Times and Nadal will be remembered as just another great player. I’m sorry for your pain. Now I hope you enjoy how Djokovic is going to kick Nadal’s butt big time.


sar Says:

He must think a lot of Nole to put him on this list already with only four GS.

Laver’s List of best players

From the Open era
10. Stefan Edberg (SWE)
9. Ivan Lendl (USA)
8. Jimmy Connors (USA)
7. Andre Agassi (USA)
6. Novak Djokovic (SER)
5. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
4. John McEnroe (USA)
3. Pete Sampras (USA)
2. Bjorn Borg (SWE)
1. Roger Federer (SUI)


Queen Says:

Sean Randall and his worthless predictions LOL

What was the title of the latest one? “10 reasons why Fed beats Nadal in the semis”. Buhahahahaha


skeezerweezer Says:

@Queen

That looks pretty darn funny now, lol. Sean gave 10 reasons, heck I would of taken 1 reason why Fed beats Nadal, if he beat him. But he didn’t :(.
But Sean is just trying to stir the pot. You know, you’ve been here long enough ;), and he deserves your smack talk. Congrats to you man, I know you love em.


Michael Says:

If it is Nadal against Murray, it is good as handing over the trophy to Nadal even today. The match will end in a straight set demolition with Nadal in such blistering form. On the other hand if it is Novak, I expect a tough fight and might be Novak will have the mental edge of beating Nadal consecutively which might work in his favour and he might as well go on to win his 5th major if that happens. Since I want a hotly contested final, I root for Novak to reach the finals than Murray.


Humble Rafa Says:

All Arrotards,

As you know since I beat the Arrogant One, most of you have smoke coming out of your nose. But tomorrow, if I play against the Egg Lover, please support me. Or else, The Arrogant One’s star might grow even dimmer. A possibility of a 2012 Golden Grandslam for The Egg Lover. He almost won all 4 grandslams last year. This year, if I don’t win the AO, it will happen.

Thank you for your anticipated support. Sorry about yesterday.


Raging bull Says:

skeezerweezer Says:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2012-01-27/201201271327631853988.html

Shaaaaaammmmoooonnnnn!

January 26th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Federer always wins all these polls

Just wait for a couple of months….Federer will win all the polls on “Who will win 2012 FO ?”.

Federer is the GOAT when it comes to winning internet polls.
In that way he has been winning all the slams from 2004…..more than 30 consecutive slams……mind boggling….even at FO’s….even more mind boggling.

I think they should award GS titles based on these internet polls…to make all these Fed-tards happy.

You Fed-tards are great !!!!
Keep it up !!!!


Michael Says:

How is Novak able to beat Nadal consistently while Roger is finding it difficult to do that even once in majors ? That is a paradox in Tennis. Is Novak greater than Roger ??? I think Novak is able to beat Nadal consistently because he has a Plan A as well as PLan B whereas Roger is sticked with just one plan – plain aggression which doesn’t work if Nadal is at his best. Novak has that incredible returns which fall right on the line putting considering pressure on Nadal whereas Roger’s return of serve is just ordinary where he just gets it in. Moreover, Novak beats Nadal in his own game and is consistent in his groundshots and he surprises suddenly with his aggression. Nadal’s ferocious forehand which works against other players never work against Novak for the simple reason of Novak’s terrific double handed back hand.


Lou Says:

Djokovic’s strong point has been his returns points won ( 55% – “Djokovic – Murray Semifinal- What do Australian Open Stats Indicate?” http://bit.ly/yM80VE ) and if Murray continues to serve the way he did in QF, I think it will be tough for him to win this match. This match will be a real test for Murray who is know for his emotional outbursts during important matches. Hopefully thanks to Lendl he will be able to keep his cool.


jane Says:

Lou, it’s amazing how close their stats are, wow.


Raging bull Says:

Michael,
Nole’s best is better than Rafa’s best and Rafa’s best is better than Roger’s best.

Its just that Roger and Rafa were able to take advantage of the weak era and rake in some GS titles.

Both Federer and Rafa won 5-6 slams even before developing their game completely. There were no strong contenders to stop them. They won a lot, got more confident, continued winning more and became formidable. But Nole had to go through Rafa and Federer.


mat4 Says:

@Michael:

The more I watch Fed, Rafa and Djoko, the more I am certain it is not a question of tennis, but of — how should I say? — a question of “hate”.

Remember the finish of the USO semi? Commenting for Eurosport, Marsh, at 5-5, said: “Djokovic is possessed”. That’s what I feel when I watch Rafa (most of the time), or Djoko against Rafa and Roger (againt Rog, not always), and that’s what I felt about Roger in the semi of the FO. He was possessed. He hated defeat then, he hated Djokovic, and the adrenaline kept rising.

When did it become more than tennis? Rafa brought that new dimension, I am certain, although Connors had it too, in a way.


Michael Says:

Raging Bull,

I accept that Novak has achieved the incredible task of beating Nadal and Roger consecutively and has also punctured their self-confidence somewhat. That is no mean feat of Novak. Andy who is also a good player has not been able to do that. That shows the toughness of Novak as a player. But he still has some miles to go to be compared with these Legends. I hope Novak is able to repeat his performance in 2012. But playing the way as he is doing he certainly has the chance to overhaul Nadal and may be Roger when he finishes his career provided he maintain his fitness level which is a source of worry.


Raging bull Says:

Fed-tards should hope that Nole and Rafa play some gruelling finals and kill each other.
Else one of them will get close to that magic number of 16. I believe they will be the top 2 contenders for the GS titles atleast for the next 3 to 4 years (rough next 16 slams).


mat4 Says:

And Rafa’s small talk: “Roger is the best… I feel he is more talented…” (did you notice he switched to “Roger _was_ the best…”) is just a trick to blunt (is it the right word for émousser) Roger’s sense of fighting, of pride, just to make that “hate” (I can’t find a better word) impossible.


mat4 Says:

@Raging Bull:

I think that those battles, those matches they have are destroying them both.


Humble Rafa Says:

And Rafa’s small talk: “Roger is the best… I feel he is more talented…” (did you notice he switched to “Roger _was_ the best…”) is just a trick to blunt (is it the right word for émousser) Roger’s sense of fighting, of pride, just to make that “hate” (I can’t find a better word) impossible.

Mat4

Words are words. I give it away for better goods(actual results). It makes the Arrotards feel better. He can win every online poll ever created. I don’t care :)


Michael Says:

Miami 2004 [R32] – Nadal (6-3, 6-3).
Miami 2005 [F] – Federer (2-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-1).
Roland Garros 2005 [SF] – Nadal (6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3).
Dubai 2006 [F] – Nadal (2-6, 6-4, 6-4).
Monte Carlo 2006 [F] – Nadal (6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (5)).
Rome 2006 [F] – Nadal (6-7 (0), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5)).
Roland Garros 2006 [F] – Nadal (1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4)).
Wimbledon 2006 [F] – Federer (6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3).
Masters Cup (Shanghai) 2006 [SF] – Federer (6-4, 7-5).
Monte Carlo 2007 [F] – Nadal (6-4, 6-4).
Hamburg 2007 [F] – Federer (2-6, 6-2, 6-0).
Roland Garros 2007 [F] – Nadal (6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4).
Wimbledon 2007 [F] – Federer – (7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2).
Masters Cup (Shanghai) 2007 [SF] – Federer (6-4, 6-1).
Monte Carlo 2008 [F] – Nadal (7-5, 7-5).
Hamburg 2008 [F] – Nadal (7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-3).
Roland Garros 2008 [F] – Nadal (6-1, 6-3, 6-0).
Wimbledon 2008 [F] – Nadal (6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7).
Australia Open 2009 [F] – Nadal (7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2).
Madrid 2009 [F] – Federer (6-4, 6-4).
Madrid 2010 [F] – Nadal (6-4, 7-6).
Masters Cup (London) 2010 [F] – Federer (6-3, 3-6, 6-1).
Miami 2011 [SF] – Nadal (6-3, 6-2).
Madrid 2011 [SF] – Nadal (5-7 6-1, 6-3).
Roland Garros 2011 [F] – Nadal (7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1).
Masters Cup (London) 2011 [RR] – Federer (6-3, 6-0).
Australian open SF Nadal 6-7 6-2 7-6 6-4.


Michael Says:

As you see from the above, Roger has just not been able to beat Nadal consistently. The best place for Roger now to beat Nadal is only indoors.


Michael Says:

Mat4,

Tennis today although much competitive has lot of respect and admiration especially the creamy top against each other. I do not think one hates another. They just do their job of playing against each other and the better player wins.


Michael Says:

Mat4,

Seeing the way Nadal is moving, I do not think it is destroying him at all. He is just travelling faster than sound on court.


mat4 Says:

Humble:

;-)


mat4 Says:

@Michael:

This is probably a misunderstanding. When I say “hate”, it is an approximation (I believe that they don’t hate each other) of the inner feeling they could have in those matches. I just tried to define that “mental edge” everybody is writing about.


Michael Says:

Mat4, I am sorry I misunderstood. But you could have used the word competitive instead of hate to make it more clear. In terms of mental edge, I would say Novak is the first, followed by Nadal, Roger and Murray exactly in this order.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Whining cow (aka Rafa turd)

Now u are sounding idiotic, like peoples votes don’t matter. It shows how much more yours doesn’t. Try and make sense, it helps, like “Fed is the GOAT of Slams”. That, makes sense.


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer: hi, old boy. If you want to feel better, just go to the atp tour records on wiki. The numbers are clear, without any doubts: numbers of slams, finals, semis, quarters… Don’t feel disappointed. I enjoyed watching Connors as long as he played, even when he stopped winning. And as I can see it, Roger is far from finished.

@Michael:

I have to employ the word “hate”, because of the element of adrenaline, maybe “rage” is better. Just rewatch the FO semi, or the Rome semi tie-break, and the roaring afterward. Had Roger kept that element in the final, had he “hated” a loss against Rafa the way he “hated” to lose against Djoko in the semi, the outcome would have been different.


margot Says:

Phew thanx Sean…;)
alison: my turn to be a bag of nerves! What it is to be a fan lol :)


mat4 Says:

Hello, margot. I could be a long day.


mat4 Says:

… it could be…


Gordo Says:

Nothing like a Rafa Fed match to bring out the grand immature attitudes in here.

Is it just tough to accept that these guys (Fed, Rafa and Nole) are brilliant at what they do?

Unlike a lot, I am not willing to give Murray that adjective … yet. But tonight could go a long way to changing that. Let’s hope for some brilliance from both of them.

And Humble Rafa – you crack me up. Nadal is brilliant at what he does, but the man is no wordsmith; not in English anyway. No turn of a phrase coming from him is intentionally a subtle hint to what he is really thinking. The man is just a gentleman, unlike some of the anonymous posters in here. ;)


Raging bull Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
He can win every online poll ever created. I don’t care :)

January 27th, 2012 at 12:51 am

LOL…Consolation win for Fed tards

I guess even Rafa would vote in favor of Federer is these polls and continue thrashing him on the tennis court.


margot Says:

Hi mat4! A “long day” lordy they’re not going to be playing for 24 hours are they?
Feel far more relaxed than when Andy plays someone like Wawa whom he’s expected to beat, nobody giving him a chance here, so what the heck! Just hope Andy fights to the death. Can’t ask for more ;)


Michael Says:

Mat4,

Yes I agree with you on the lack of killer instinct in Roger when ranged against Rafa ? He breaks Rafa and immediately loses his serve by making silly UEs or by virtue of Nadal’s superb play and this is happening quite often in Nadal-Federer match. You do not see this kind of thing happening for Federer against other players but only against Rafa. Even that demoralizing loss to Novak in the US Open 2011 after two match points on his own serve, Federer lost it only due to Novak’s brilliance and some element of luck. But in the case of Nadal, Federer loses it in his mind. See the third set tie-breaker where Nadal went up 6-1 not due to his brilliance but very poor serving and selection of shots by Roger. However, he did come back to 6-5 from that but then it was too late. Imagine if Roger had won that tie breaker how the match might have turned ? But it is always a case of “If” which has no value once everything gets over.


Michael Says:

Nadal always says that Roger is the best in Tennis History after each match. Get an impression that he is mocking at him after comprehensively defeating him time and again ??


grendel Says:

Michael, the winner can always afford to be generous. Also, it is in Nadal’s interests that Federer is perceived to be the best. Sooner or later, if you keep beating the best, it is going to dawn on most people that you must be better than “the best” – that, in short, “you” are the best. I am not saying Nadal consciously works this out, scheming and weaving sort of thing. That’s very unlikely. I think it is instinctive. Nadal understands very well President Theodore Roosevelt’s adage:” Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”.


grendel Says:

Further to the above – also, it is important to any aspiring champion, all time great etc that the man he seeks to displace is given his full due. Because in the end, that will reflect upon him. Where is the credit in demolishing a fading has been?


grendel Says:

Apparently, Djokovic requested a closed indoor practice session – no cameras. They’ve just come out on court, and Djokovic was described as looking a bit nervous, Murray as looking confident.


S Green Says:

Djoko gets 2 BPs, but he got a little bit agitated and failed to convert, credit to Murray’s effort, who played great after the deuce to hold.
1-1. Looks intense.


grendel Says:

Murray comes back from 15-40 to hold in an incredible game. If it carries on like this, both men will leave on a stretcher.


S Green Says:

Djokovic will have to keep some margin when he goes for his shots. He seems a bit unsettled, too.


S Green Says:

Poor 1st serve and a couple of UEs, Djoko faced a BP but Murray could not take advantage.
Both look nervous to me at this point.


grendel Says:

Djokovic’s turn to save break point with huge second serve. Right, that’s me out for commentary – no fun charging from ground floor to attic. Looks like it’s going to be a great match.


S Green Says:

Whoever can keep his calm first will be ahead in the score board, imo.


S Green Says:

The break with a double fault shows Murray is a little behind in the dept. of settling down.


S Green Says:

Here comes a double fault from Djoko to squander a game point and another with a poor drop shot, and agitated misshit into the net gives Murray a chance to break back. And Murray pulls trigger on time to take it. 3-2.
It will be a long match. Rafa is smiling.


S Green Says:

The unconvincing break-exchange shows they are still in a state of nervous turbulence.


Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. Lady Forehand aka Master Choker, please win this one. I don’t want to man handled by The Egg Lover. Peace


S Green Says:

Then, Murray gets broken in love and trails 2-4.
They better be holding their serve and nerve and display their best skills, or I will be falling asleep.


S Green Says:

5-3, Djoko serving for the set.
Should Murray play long rallies or uncharacteristically explosive tennis or balance those?
Murray fans, any suggestion for Murray?
A balance like the point he won to get the 1st break, maybe?


Humble Rafa Says:

Watching this match makes me puke. The choker isn’t made for matches like this. He is good for round 1 to quarter final matches, then goes to choke mode.


S Green Says:

Djoko shows courage and skill (couple of curly forehand) to take the 1st set. Some good rallies.


grendel Says:

well, it has to be said that was, on the whole, a disappointing set from Murray. I wonder of he is caught in betwixt and between. When tries to be aggressive, as on instructions from Lendl one assumes, it doesn’t work. When he reverts to his old defensive ways, they are more successful. That’s bound to play a littl havoc with his mind. The “Lendl” effect is perhaps too soon – you can’t just change overnight and expect fluency.


S Green Says:

A double fault in the 1st game of the 2nd set is no good for Murray, but he played very good the next point. The drop shot was horrible, though, so faces a BP, again. 2nd serve and back hand into the net hands gifts Djoko an early break.


Skorocel Says:

„mono ?
stereo ?
Dolby/DTS ??????“

„I guess even Rafa would vote in favor of Federer is these polls and continue thrashing him on the tennis court.“

„Just wait for a couple of months….Federer will win all the polls on “Who will win 2012 FO ?”.

You are overdoing it a bit Raging bull, but LOL, these 3 are pearls! Btw, where is dave?;-)


Humble Rafa Says:

Oh well. I see the writing on the wall. Have a good night. My night is ruined.


Skorocel Says:

Michael: „The best place for Roger now to beat Nadal is only indoors.“

Pretty bad, isn’t it? First it was grass, clay, hard outdoors & indoors, now it is just hard indoors. How quickly the times can change… But nevermind, if Roger plays his best, even Nadal has no chance ;-)

=============

„Nadal always says that Roger is the best in Tennis History after each match. Get an impression that he is mocking at him after comprehensively defeating him time and again ??“

You’ve guessed it right. Nothing hurts Federer more than to hear Nadal saying how good he (Roger) is and then see him (Nadal) jumping in joy like a monkey after the match or biting that Wimbledon trophy…


tfouto Says:

Humble Rafa, it makes you puke, because you are afraid. That’s it…


Humble Rafa Says:

Humble Rafa, it makes you puke, because you are afraid. That’s it…

I need someone to beat the Egg Lover, then I beat them to win a Grandslam. Remember French Open 2011. Same way. But spanners are being thrown my way.


Duro Says:

Nole serve well tonight… Among other things.


Skorocel Says:

Djokovic is actually making Murray hit more UEs than himself. That doesn’t look good for Andy…


alison hodge Says:

damn muzzas making things too easy for djoker,agree with grendel dissapointing 1st set,dissapointing match so far,murray not finding anything to hurt nole with atm.


oggy Says:

What a terrible match. They’re a combined 10-46 when it comes to winners/UEs.


Chico Says:

Mats Wilander had supposedly gotten wound up in the Fedal, commentating on what Fed should have done. Anybody saw the feed, what did he say?


grendel Says:

Murray just manages to hold, but he is putting so many simple cross court fhs into the net – must be tight as a button. Not sure how he can remedy that.


S Green Says:

Duro, yes, it’s all about getting the 1st serve in, esp. tonight.
A forehand wide and a failed drop shot just cost him a 2nd break (2nd set).

That hold was big. On the other hand, Murray may awake any time and could be coming up with his own big serves.


S Green Says:

Murray is beginning to play more freely and may break back right here to get into the set (for 2-2).


Jeanius Says:

I hope Van Orten is around. Ifeel your misery bro but tennis has become ugly and boring with technology and especially the slow courts. I think a good mixture would allow better tennis. It will always be defence over offence. Only Cinci and US are faster courts. Most ugliest shot in tennis is the double backhand. Ugly ugly ugly.


Kimmi Says:

big grind to break. this match will be tasking for both


S Green Says:

Murray is awake and back.
Game 4 2nd set summary.

Two big shots from Djoko and 30-30. And a BH cross court error from Murray gives Djoko a game point. Double fault. Deuce. Serve?
Another 1-2 punch earns Djoko a game point, but a overhead mishit puts back to deuce. And Murray pulls trigger on time with his BH to get a chance to break.
A big serve. Deuce. 2
nd serve. Easy BH error into the net from Dj gives Murray another BP. Long rally and Dj misses BH long. 2-2.


S Green Says:

Three straight games for Murray. Momentum shifts to the Scot. 3-2. The set is slipping away from Djoko suddenly.
Can Djoko reply?


tfouto Says:

- – Jim Courier and Lleyton Hewitt, in the commentary box for Channel 7 in Australia, have both just answered “no” to the question: “Can Murray win a Slam this year?” Ouch!

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/livematch/501187.html


carlo Says:

Murray has improved his mental attitude on court in this match and is doing well emotionally out there under the circumstances. Rome was not built in a Day!

And, Murray is starting to make headway in this 2nd set@ Break point! Murray

Muzz gets the BP

but can he hold serve?


S Green Says:

After a long rally, 31 shots, Djoko misses FH to give Murray a BP and another backhand long gifts the Scot a lead, 4-2.
The set is slipping away from Djoko.


Gullu Says:

Come on, Muzzah! At least win this set.


Job Says:

Does anyone else hate Mats Wilander as a commentator? Gosh, he’s so annoying!!


S Green Says:

First time I saw Lendl fist-pumping. Murray’s box is looking hopeful.
But Djoko breaks back, showing his fortitude. He is back into the set.


Kimmi Says:

where is nole serve?


carlo Says:

Beautiful dropper, helps Murray after a nervous DF after breaking Nole.

Followed by an easy Murray ace!

But Nole answers with winner, then Murray botches what should have been a routine winner 30-40 Nole

Then Murray with a spectacular lob and Djokovic hits one long, deuce.

but…er, I looked away, and Djokovic has broken right back on. I suspect I missed some weak 2nd serve and Djokovic killed it as expected.

But I like the response from Andy – he remained unusually calm. And gets the 1st point, then, Djokovic helps with a DF. 0-30 Muzz


carlo Says:

32 shot rally and Djokovic wins it!

But I like Muzz attidude! lol

15-30

OMG! Muzz gets the BP after a Djoko-like play!


Kimmi Says:

djokovic hits big shot, then stays back. murray with fantastic slice to force MORE break points


carlo Says:

The thanks to the net gods, Murray has another Break and is serving for the 2nd set….goosebumps


S Green Says:

As I was thinking Djoko is back into the set, his serve disappears and faces 0-30 hole.
Now faces double BPs.
Not sure he can hold with 2nd serve.
1 down, 1 to go. 2nd serve again and Murray pounds and will be serving for the set, 5-3.
This must be hard for Djoko camp to watch.


carlo Says:

oh hang-on muzz, dear.

15-15


carlo Says:

Oh no that Murray 2nd serve gives Djokovic 2 BPs


carlo Says:

Murray answers with and ACE to fight off one

then the rally….and…..Djoko hits a shot, easy shot wide Deuce


carlo Says:

my heart is beating fast! as is likely theirs…

long rally and Murray gets the add. stellar play, there

He HOLDS< he holds. Murray did what he couldn’t a year ago and takes a set off Nole , we have a match!


S Green Says:

Djoko gets 2 BP but fails to convert, esp the 2nd one, with FH wide error. Another FH long after a long rally gives Murray set point.
Big serve and Murray takes the 2nd set.


marrisv Says:

Take a bow to Andy Murray. Toughes it out there!!!


grendel Says:

Finally Murray consolidates his break to win set – with a little bit of help from Djokovic, it has to be said.
Djokovic still looking tight – and weary. Oddly, I suspect Murray will do Djokovic a favour if he can take him to 5, providing he doesn’t win the 5th, of course. Just don’t think Djokovic is match tight.
Meanwhile, the ultimate gladiator awaits one of them in the final – a man who never changes, always plays the same, i.e. at his pulsating best. Neither of these two are anywhere near their best, except in snatches. Looking good for Nadal.


S Green Says:

Murray (and Rafa) fans must be feeling good, at least for now.


Pietje Says:

Djokovic is not looking good. He should come in more and earlier. He hits enough groundies which Murray can’t do much with except slice/block it back. Then he misses too many in the end

Novak misses intensity.


Kimmi Says:

murray looks the fresher one. and djokovic is panting.

wow, nole does not look fresh here..the backhand to the net was awful. the serve can give him free points


Kimmi Says:

cant..


Pietje Says:

Murray in 4 sets.
That should make Rafa happy.


S Green Says:

Now how horrible is it for Djoko to start the 3rd set this poorly!!! His serve has been a big mess.


Skorocel Says:

Is it only me who thinks Djoker has some health issues here?


Kimmi Says:

djokovic hits a great lob..then stays back. uh-ho loses the point/


carlo Says:

Okay Nole, where is your answer. That could have hurt and confused the #1. Nervous start to 3 set for Nole 0-15

point replayed from a bad line call – rally goes to…muzz….after more confident and comfortable play. 0-30

this is clutch, i get the feeling for Nole and he gets it to 15-30, #1 starting to control again

30-30


Pietje Says:

My god. Defense players are sooooooo boring.
Block it back slowly without any pace for your oponent, run back to the center and repeat it 25 times until your oponent misfires.

Rafa is a king at it. So is Murray. I think it’s lame and boring. It can actually be more exciting to watch paint dry…


S Green Says:

An hour a set means, no matter who comes out of here will do well against Rafa.


carlo Says:

It’s tough for #1. BP Murray

2nd serve… challenge. eagle eyes Djokovic catches another bad call

deuce.


S Green Says:

This set is crucial for both. I think whoever wins this set will increase chances of winning.

Djoko has already faced 2 BPs in this 1st game. A big concern. Can he even hold here? Not with 2nd serve.


carlo Says:

Wow. Djokovic saves a BP with a beautiful winner

this is an extremely important hold for Nole

ad Murray.. Djokovic saves another BP. boys are really duking it out now.

Djokovic nets a cc forehand

ad Murray again


S Green Says:

Third and then 4th break point for Murray. Momentum will be firmly with the Scot if he wins this 15-min. long game.


carlo Says:

Djokovic is being tested. and misses a volley long

ad Murray again

I don’t think it’s health issues atm…it is however nervous out there for him

Great shot from Nole – forehand winner

deuce….

Murray nets. Djokovic giving his all to save this service game 5 BP saved ! Nole!


alison hodge Says:

nole lucky muzza 4 bps went begging there.


S Green Says:

5th BP for Murray. 2nd serve. Djoko’s gutsy FH down the line saves this one, and a BH into the net from Murray gives Djoko a game point. An ace on time saves nine. He holds. 1-0. Big…big hold for the Serb.


Raging bull Says:

It is really funny…..Fed fans are supporting Nole to stop Rafa….and Rafa fans are supporting Murray to stop Nole
Either way interesting times for tennis fans.


Kimmi Says:

murray first serve is more effective


Raging bull Says:

Murray is doing to Nole, what Nole did to Rafa in 2011.


carlo Says:

Djokovic’s turn to give Murray’s serve a test

and Muzz is performing well in the test. HA! something about this play from Murray reminds me of Murray playing Nadal in Tokyo!

He has the game. the service hold. splendid murray


S Green Says:

Murray’s big serving helps him hold on an important game. 1-1.


Raging bull Says:

Rafa wont be having any chance against this Murray in the finals……IFFFFF Murray gets to the finals.


S Green Says:

Djoko is again in trouble 0-30. He appears to be running out of gas, true?


S Green Says:

Now facing triple break points, Djoko looks totally spent and rattled.
He cannot even get his 1st serve in.


carlo Says:

Well, I wouldn’t go that far yet Raging Bull…

Let’s see. Djokovic isn’t done fighting. But he is muttering to himself

Murray has a BP. and …

trouble. but Murray nets a return on a 2nd serve. 15-40 then another error 30-40, 2 saved

Djokovic one more dude. but his breathing is labored in the point and Murray with calmly, cool..gets the break. Oh my. what will Nole do?


S Green Says:

Wow, with that break, Murray is in total control of the match. Panic attack in Djoko camp.


grendel Says:

Murray breaks playing wonderful tennis – could actually be easily 2 breaks up. Noticeable contrast between the 2 players at the net – Murray moves smoothly towards it and handles the volley with assurance. Everything iffy in this dept. for Djokovic.


Ike Says:

Nole: 37 UE – 14 Winners = -23 !
That’s really sloppy!


carlo Says:

Lets see if Murray holds.


Ike Says:

make it -24 ! he just made one more UE!


Ike Says:

Andy is not playing that great either!
43 UE – 24 Winners = -19!


grendel Says:

God Murray finds it hard to consolidate a break. he just gave this one away. Ta very much, said Djokovic.


Ike Says:

great hands at net from Andy


carlo Says:

Well, for all the Murray calm, Djokovic gets the break back and I missed why, getting coffee.


Ike Says:

grendel! you Murray fan, right?


S Green Says:

Murray fails to consolidate the break, but can Djoko hold?


margot Says:

At least Andy has done better than last year.
Feeling sick!
Hoe Andy loosens up, as Grendel said both so tight.
But Nole serving worse than Andy WTF????


Ike Says:

looks like Nole wants to give that break back!


margot Says:

Nole always tends to look done and dusted and then bounds back like Superman and wins!


Ike Says:

margot, my money is on Andy!
yeah, i know i have put my money on Andy many times before :)


carlo Says:

Muzz, appears to be as calm as if this is practice, not the real deal.

Djokovic perspiring and sucking some air in the rallies.

but hitting winners and coming through playing catch-up in his service game getting to 30-30


Raging bull Says:

Ike,

High UE count does not mean they are playing badly. IMO its due to the fact that both are extremely good in defense. So its very difficult to end a point with a winner.


Ike Says:

margot
if u watch NFL by any chance you will find kind of same thing with Eli Manning. He looks shy, non-confident, but somehow plays great! hopefully he will do that in this superbowl!


Raging bull Says:

wow !!!!


Ike Says:

Raging bull,
i been watching this match since the beginning and I have seen a lot of UEs missed by many feet!


carlo Says:

1st negative reaction noticed from Murray. But he wrong-foots Nole. BP Murray

Murray, physically is fresh. looks super really


Ike Says:

Raging bull,
when UE = 2*Winners for both players, its tough to attribute that to great defense!


Raging bull Says:

Nole is moonballing now


Ike Says:

last UE from Andy was into the middle of the net!


S Green Says:

Murray is more timely on pulling trigger than Djoko. The Serb is awaiting and prolonging the rally just too much. He has been more hesitant.


grendel Says:

Djokovic is there for the taking – there is something amiss with him. But Murray throws the gifts straight back in his face. Mystifying.


Raging bull Says:

Ike,

Both are trying to be bit more aggressive than their normal game….but I am not an expert.


Raging bull Says:

I dont know how on earth Nole will 9 more games (min games to win this match) against Murray today.


S Green Says:

Djoko’s hold is big, but it was laborious. Thanks to Murray’s inability to break. Yes, Murray looks stronger.
Does this change the wind in any direction? Not sure.


Raging bull Says:

45 mins for 6 games in this set….35 mins for the 3 games which Nole has won.


S Green Says:

A block shot from Djoko suggests resignation?


Ike Says:

great winner from Andy!


Raging bull Says:

Murray is looking far better than Nole today…..yet Nole is hanging close.


Ike Says:

Nole hitting 2 aces in a game, that’s crazy!


carlo Says:

Another true test here – Murray serving. Job done! Murray solid on serve at 3-3

This is a great match, actually imo.

Djokovic serving a couple nice acrs and he holds his serve.

4-3. Crucial set this. and I have no idea who will win


grendel Says:

magnificent fh down the line by Murray – but Djokovic holds with rather more conviction, some nice serving. Murray, 29 winners, Djokovic – 19.


Skorocel Says:

A rhetorical question: What is better for Nadal in the final? An injured Djokovic or a Murray who’s 2-6 vs Nadal in slams?


Ike Says:

as long Andy stays positive and doesn’t start talking to himself, he should be able to win this one!
i m a Nole fan but i really want Andy to win a GS! so i hope he wins this one and then beat his perennial nemesis Rafa in the final!


Ike Says:

UE from Andy from standing in the middle of the court! i mean come on!


Ike Says:

one more UE from Andy, from the middle of the court into the net!


Ike Says:

Skorocel
that’s a great question, but i think either of these two players will beat Rafa in the final.


Ike Says:

Andy almost toyed with Nole in that rally


carlo Says:

well, beating both Nole and Rafa is…perhaps impossible the way Rafa plays to wear down his opponents physically.

But Murray is holding his serve easily that game 4-4


grendel Says:

Murray twirls Djokovic around on a piece of string – so cool – after a powerful bh winner. Holds.


S Green Says:

Murray is out-rallying Djoko? Never thought of that.


carlo Says:

OMG Andy goes straight at Djokovic, Nole at net a la Lendl style!

This Scot means business


Ike Says:

now BH UE from Andy from the middle of the court!


van orten Says:

nole running runnning runninngggg runnninininngngngngn


Ike Says:

Raging bull

i hope you are watching all these UEs! :)


carlo Says:

I don’t know. Djokovic is acting tired and missing when he shouldn’t be.

May the strongest man win. This isn’t at all easy for Murray, but he is keeping his cool.

Djoko holds and I feel like #1 isn’t going to lose, even if he has been a bit ragged and dodgy.


Ike Says:

S Green

yeah, that’s big surprise, Murray was winning something like 60% of the ralleys over 10 shots.


S Green Says:

Djoko holds to lead 5-4 in the 3rd but is fighting for his life and is barely alive. How long?


carlo Says:

Opportunity for Djokovic to break Muzz here and take this set.

15 all


carlo Says:

Murray needs his 1st serve.

30-30


S Green Says:

This is a big game for Djoko. If he takes this set, which is BIG IF, he is in it, or else it could be a sad day Djoko fans.


carlo Says:

Oh the nerves, Muzz. FH error

BP Djokovic

LOL huge ace for Deuce!


carlo Says:

Now Djokovic has a set point. Muzz coming a little fried at that but hits a fh cc winner that wasn’t from the wta. then misses a backhand smash, OH NO!

another set point Nole


Ike Says:

andy literally tough it out! great hold andy!


carlo Says:

ha! Murray dodges 3 set points and holds serve.


S Green Says:

Wow, very bold play from Murray to pull trigger and save a set point (the 2nd).
Now Djoko gets another set point.
Murray saves that one , too.
Now Djoko throws BH long, and Andy has game point. Another BH error from Djoko in the scramble gives Murray the game. 5-5.


grendel Says:

brave Murray fights off 3 set points – an ace, a cracking fh onto the line and a calculated dropper drawing Djokovic in (Djokovic’s droppers have been poor and the result I think of not knowing what to do).
But Djokovic is an enigma. In this game he looked absolutely alive, moving fluently. makes no sense.


dari Says:

I love murray, but had to laugh, at Carlo forehand “that wasnt from the wta”
That was a serious forehand down set point and i loved it. And he holds with some good serving and a little net play.
Go murray!


dari Says:

Murray forehand is alivee!


Skorocel Says:

Is there a stream that doesn’t freeze up? The ones at lshunter.tv seem all suck…


S Green Says:

That FH from Andy earns him 2 BPs. The set is going away from Djoko by second?


carlo Says:

Smoking Forehand winner Cross Court from Murray!

Bp’s Muzz 2 of them

Djokovic saves 1 bp.

but the #1 can’t save 2 and Murray gets the break and will….drumroll…serve


Gullu Says:

Can Muzzah become the first British man to win a grand slam in 75 years?


marrisv Says:

Murray with the break!!!can he serve it out


S Green Says:

Murray played too terrific to break and will be serving for the set. Over for Djoko?


dari Says:

Tremendous Murray!
Serve it out


Gullu Says:

Surely Muzzah has to be favourite against Rafa Nadal in he final? He’s beaten Rafa here in 2010.


carlo Says:

drumroll….make that Muzz serving for set….aarrgh


carlo Says:

OH drat! the DF Muzz. then….

it’s bp’s 2 of ‘em for Nole ole


van orten Says:

i just love noles attitude when cheering..


carlo Says:

Oh no, Andy. That hurt.

Djokovic breaks back. tie break time


S Green Says:

Even if Murray wins this match, I do not think he will beat Rafa, regardless gf how much he will have in his tank. .


grendel Says:

Murray earned his break with thrillingly aggressive play and then, serving for set, just handed it straight back. Djokovic was steady, true, but wild shots from Murray. Pure pressure. Can Murray learn to handle this type of pressure?


alison hodge Says:

wonder how margots holding up,and jane if shes watching lol.


carlo Says:

Yes, he can learn to handle the pressure, grendel, I think. Look, improvement is evident in this match already. Not sure it will be enough to win this set, let along match but…

Yeah. Murray himself said at least 6 months, I think. Easier said, than done, no doubt.

tight tie break 3-3


carlo Says:

Oh nice. there’s a little evidence. Big Murray ace

4-3


marrisv Says:

Murray!!!!!


carlo Says:

Oh dear god, murray wins a spectacular point to go up 6-3

3 set points for muzz


carlo Says:

Nole not to be outdone quite yet gets it to 6-4

But that was so cool from Andy. 2nd set Muzz

more goosebumps…


S Green Says:

Murray has more 10+ winners than Djoko means he executing his game plan. Takes the set.
Now most likely win this match.


marrisv Says:

Wow…. That has got to be one of the most physical tennis sets ever


S Green Says:

pardon my dyslexic syntax.


grendel Says:

Murray takes set deservedly, surely – the game seems to be in his hands, in that on the whole he loses rather than Djokovic wins a point. And the spectacular tennis is certainly coming from Murray today. b.t.w.ladyforehands winners:17, Djokovic fh winners, 9. Hmmmmm.


dari Says:

That’s great! Do it in four, Andy!
These clutch moments, Murray coming through- this is new to me and an excellent development
I’m too busy watching murray to keep an eye on novak. Is he giving it away or just andy fighting so hard and coming up with it!


carlo Says:

Excellent Performance from Murray in that tie break!

Okay, Nole. Time to show us your resolve.


Kimberly Says:

OMG, kaiser and I watching the last set, what a great match. Margot??????


dari Says:

Well, except for the drop of serve for the set, he is handling the pressure- if only slightly better tjan novak in the TB


S Green Says:

Allow me to be impulsive and project Murray the winner.


grendel Says:

a different type of pressure is to hold when you’re feeling euphoric for having won set – Murray instead delivered 3 ues, and paid price. Why did he not let that high ball bounce? Such a casual attempt, too.


carlo Says:

Andy is surprising Nole with some very cool attitude. A few errors, like that biffed smash just now would have had Andy buried in a facepalm moment a year ago but Andy’s handling his own errors well.

Djokovic gets the early break. And what does Andy do but Remain Calm. I like it.


alison hodge Says:

this is the match we should have had in last years final,really exciting,will we have a 5th set?


S Green Says:

After 3 hr. 25 min., they barely begin the 4th set. It could turn to be the longest semi ever. Rafa is grinning.


carlo Says:

I’ll guess Djokovic wasn’t thinking of being down a set in the 4th to Murray.

It’s mentally draining. Ah, Muzz. it’s 4-0 to Nole


S Green Says:

Double break for Djoko means we are going the distance?


margot Says:

alison: my heart rate is way up! In fact heart lives in mouth.
ike: hope your dosh is safe ;)
grendel: play terrific but nerves still such an issue. Hope it can be fixed.
Rafa must be laughing in his hotel room.
Come on Andy. Believe.


dari Says:

Bah!
Took a lot out to win that set :/


PietjeP Says:

Well, the big winner from this match will be rewarded with the final.

The bigger winner today is tennis.

The biggest winner of course will be Rafa come Sunday; my god this match is physical and long!!! I cannot imagine either of them to have anything left come Sunday


grendel Says:

That’s the set, I think we can safely say. Will Murray be able to focus in the 5th? Watching this match, with the urgency sporadically on offer even from the better player on the day, makes you realise yet again how utterly formidable Nadal is. If Murray had three quarters of Nadal’s focus, he’d be winning slams left right and centre.


Pietje Says:

Well, the big winner from this match will be rewarded with the final.

The bigger winner today is tennis.

The biggest winner of course will be Rafa come Sunday; my god this match is physical and long!!! I cannot imagine either of them to have anything left come Sunday


carlo Says:

Yes. This could help Rafa, or not. I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion. Murray appears physically quite good. Djokovic has had some dodgy looking moments, physically but I don’t buy it. Moving well, holding his serve well, this is going 5 no doubt.

Not sure what happens in the 5th. But whatever the outcome, great tennis from Murray, huge improvement v Djokovic, I say.


marrisv Says:

I hope Murray can focus in the 5th


S Green Says:

Now I do not think it will be a quick set. They are killing each other.


S Green Says:

Murray is tactically saving some energy for the fifth. Am I wrong?


marrisv Says:

Ok, here we go… 5


Pietje Says:

Djokovic will be kicking himself tonight when he’s on the sofa with muscle cramps :)

Chance for a double break in the second. Setpoints in the third. Could have been over in 3 easily.

Murray plays good though. Don’t see him winning now; he looks worn.


grendel Says:

djokovic takes the 4th in the 15th break of serve with 3 unbelievable winners. And yet for most of the 4th, he didn’t look anything special. Murray may well rue his lapse in concentration at the beginning of the set. Because Djokovic seems finally to have played himself into form – and he must start favourite now, I’d have thought.


Kimberly Says:

fifth set. Which way will it go?


marrisv Says:

Djokovic seems more fresh


S Green Says:

Rafa is really lucky to have beaten Fed and it is somewhat reasonable to think the final will most likely be a mere formality for him to hoist the 11th silverware. See luck is a big factor. sometimes, when you position yourself to grab it?


carlo Says:

There is no sign of dejection from Murray at this point. That’s progress! He did show some nerves in the 3rd set but that tie break win was monumental.

Murray appears fine. Djokovic is also doing well. These two are a far from physically drained and both mentally in fine shape; up to playing it out.

Djokovic is playing a mentally improved Murray. He’s on to Muzz now and this is going to be tight.

Oh dear. Murray feeling the pressure yelling… remain calm, Andy. He does! he holds serve 1-1!


S Green Says:

Don’t get me wrong Rafa has earned the luck with hard work.


carlo Says:

LOOL Murray wins a highlight reel moment on Djokovic serve

and Nole answers with and ace!


carlo Says:

nah. Rafa – Federer isn’t such hard work for him.


grendel Says:

Murray wins the point of the match – but Djokovic holds with a great display of heart.


carlo Says:

Murray is owning Nole is many rallies in a way unseen in AO 2011.


marrisv Says:

Yes and Murray has more winners


carlo Says:

Well, my heart is breaking for Murray. This is Nole breakpoint

MUZZZZZZZ saves it with an Ace


marrisv Says:

Murray hanging on,,..


carlo Says:

another BP Nole

and Murray saves. Lord, I love the fight in this Andy


marrisv Says:

This game is big for andy


carlo Says:

Djokovic also no lack of heart and fight.

perhaps, the one winning this game…

Murray holds. That was Huge.


dari Says:

TOUGH hold, way to go murray.
If novak gives an inch from disappointment in not breaking, andy has got to take it!


grendel Says:

what a clever ace Murray delivered on first break point – slowed it down and curved it down the t – bamboozling Djokovic. And hard serve to get him out of 2nd bk pt. Djokovic looking very good, though. Coming up to his best in the match. How does he do it?


dari Says:

Novak shakes everything off!


carlo Says:

Murray’s 2nd serve is still a liability in too many points. It is costly. BP Djokovic


Lenny Says:

Very frustrating match to watch, whoseever’s side you’re on. For the most part it’s been like Daffy pointing the gun at himself and going “Duck Season!” and Bugs pointing it at HIMself and going “Rabbit Season!” :/


van orten Says:

hahahaha nole made my day with his celebration…i remember the last great great GS of fed back in us open 2008 where he screamed like that and never did it again..dont know why


carlo Says:

The Super Serb! he breaks dear Andy. But this has been a revelation for Muzz, playing like he has this match.

AO commentators are saying Murray has been showing frustration ALL the way through this match but I disagree. Perhaps they have a better vantage point or…

I detect them wanting a Murray win here very badly. They are jabbering all about Andy – like mother hens clucking…


Kimberly Says:

wow, Novak needs to be told that he has been on the court over 4 hours. He looks amazing.


marrisv Says:

This is going to be a heartbreak loss for Murray….


alison hodge Says:

lmao at lennys post funny but very true.


grendel Says:

Djokovic tore the heart out of Murray with a quite fantastic defensive lob when Murray was actually in control of the point – if he had been just a little more adventurous, with his fh, just a tiny bit more risky…As it is, Djokovic is now playing like the #1. He’s finally played himself into form. I do believe he can now take Nadal on on equal terms. Murray’s done ok – he shouldn’t berate himself.


Kimmi Says:

uh ho!


marrisv Says:

Wow Murray


carlo Says:

More than respectable performance from Murray. Andy also has the presence of mind to get the crowd into it finally! lol

A little late, Muzz. Djokovic serving for the match and looking very good. I wonder if it’s not in a way harder for Nole to play Murray, when he knows Murray is playing so well. Is he a little softer on Andy than he will be v Rafa? Killer Nole comes out v Rafa to defend his title.

Not over yet… Murray about to get a break back?

3 bps…. got it got it!! Crowd is into Muzz, finally

Poor Nole… Nole fans need to get going.


Skorocel Says:

Murray breaks back!


grendel Says:

well, well, twist in the tail! always easier to play from behind, it seems. Even so, just delaying the inevitable? b.t.w. full credit to Murray for a wonderful game (almost forgot)


alison hodge Says:

wow what gutsy play from muzza,loving the new attitude,go muzza.


Skorocel Says:

5 all


racquet Says:

Wow Murray, just wow!


Skorocel Says:

Murray’s making his own luck with a winning FH!


marrisv Says:

C’mon Andy….


carlo Says:

This Murray reminds me of the 1st time I paid attention to him at Wimbledon 08. The fight, and playing to the crowd!


Skorocel Says:

That’s how you save a BP! Fantastic FH from Djoker!


carlo Says:

29 stroke rally and Nole gets it! Nole looks good, very good in that contest but…

loses the next point. maybe he is tired.


carlo Says:

Desperation time.

ad djokovic

deuce again. Give me this Murray and Djokovic any day to a Fedal!


van orten Says:

guys what a match…


Skorocel Says:

Are we going to have another Isner vs Mahut? There’s plenty of time till the Sunday’s final, isn’t it? + they have a retractable roof & lights… LOL :-)


grendel Says:

just shows tennis is game of momentum. Djokovic forced himself to v high level, but faltered at the finishing line. Then Murray took over, Djokovic cldn’t capture recent form. But then again, facing extinction, Djokovic unleashes a a killer fh down the line, and the danger is averted.
God knows who has the momentum now.


alison hodge Says:

carlo you wont get it in a final unless they are on opposite sides of the draw,this match is what last years final lacked.


Skorocel Says:

Just as I was saying that, it’s 2 MPs for Djoker…


Kimmi Says:

wow! congrats djokovic


Skorocel Says:

And he wins…


Ajet Says:

C’MON MURRAY!!! WIN IT!!! LOVE YOU!!!


carlo Says:

Victory for Nole! but it’s heartbreak for Muzz, he played so well. A different kind of Murrovic than last year. Wow. Thanks to these two. :D


van orten Says:

congrats noleeeee …wowww wowww wowwww


S Green Says:

Djoko proved me wrong at the end. Salute to the hero.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Sorry for the disappointment, Murray fans, but I think we’ve already seen a great turnaround in Andy! What great fight he showed today! I don’t think he’s going to fold the next time he gets to a final.

Congrats, Novak fans! He showed again how tough he is and why he’s been the best. I just hope Rafa’s ready for him and can at least put up as good a fight as Andy did. Vamos, Rafa!


Maso Says:

Nadal – Djokovic in a GS final for the third time in a row. Now that is nuts!


Ajet Says:

Oh no, dear murray lost! :( Nevertheless, WELL DONE MURRAY!!! You can do it next time, you can for sure win slam!

allez murray!!!


grendel Says:

in the end, my feeling is that Djokovic had slightly the stronger survival instinct at the death. But like I said, although I obviously have no idea how much this victory has cost Djokovic physically, I do believe its very difficvulty has put him in the right frame of mind and tennis tightness to tackle Rafa on something like equal terms.

Meanwhile, how many friends will not Murray have made today? I’ve been sceptical, but I am fully converted now. he’s definitely ready to win a slam. One thing I noticed, right towards the end he hot a quite wonderful lob which was called out. he had no challenges left – the old Murray would have ranted and raved. He simply put it behind him and got on with it. And he was rewarded, at least temporarily. I’m sure that lesson won’t be lost on him.


Ajet Says:

Now go djoker!!! beat rafa nadal and get your 5th slam!!!


Skorocel Says:

grendel: That lob which you mentioned – Novak got very lucky that it went out… If it had gone in, it’s 0/30, and who knows?


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe I couldn’t watch the match, only scores.
Wow Djoko!!!

If he wins the whole thing he will go to RG with a possibility of winning for Majors in a row, something not even Federer nor Nadal could do it. It will be the ultimate tennis gods irony!
First Sampras, Than Federer less than a decade, come Nadal to challenge Federer, and while Nadal is on te rising cementing his greatness Djoko explodes in the tour! Each time faster and faster.

What a great time in tennis we are living. An era with 2 all time greats and in by the end of the year, most likelly 3!!!


Ajet Says:

yes yes, murray’ll win slam! he’s had already many heartbreaks, something great has to be in store for him, as per the law of averages! great to se murray giving a dogged fight to djoker! others can’t take him lightly anymore! if he can play so well against djoker, can’t imagine what’ll he do to federer! not that I would mind fed losing to murray in slams! i love murray a lot! he’s my fave guy after the good oldies like fed, roddick, safin and hewitt! :D


S Green Says:

Kudos to Murray for finally getting over most of nerve and giving us a great match.
Congrats to Djoko fans and hugs to Murray fans.


racquet Says:

Fantastic match, super ending. In a way I’m glad Muzza didn’t win. He surely wouldn’t have had enough left in the tank for Nadal.

However, I’m extremely happy with the way he handled himself (on the whole). This match also showed that he can hold his own with the world No.1. To me it bodes well for the rest of the season.


carlo Says:

Regardless of the AO Radio hens clucking about Murray…I have no idea what match they were watching, Murray showed great improvement. I guess they were expecting a transformation miracle.

Wonderful from Andy, just wonderful. Compare it to a year ago, and the year before v Federer…

Murray will win a slam, my heart tells me, it’s true. :D

But for now, Ajde Nole! Go win your 5th, buddy!


Colin Says:

There truly are some giant intellects on the Internet. On an American forum I won’t even give the courtesy of naming, some genius describes this as “a complete crap match”. Just think – that person presumably has a vote. No wonder the world’s in a mess.


green900 Says:

Wow. what an insane match! What was the total run time of the match? Such high quality of tennis. Feel sorry for Murray. Also whats ur picks on the finals? What do u think will happen?


S Green Says:

It is mean for ANY player to wish his (final) opponent to be spent and so he could kill the dead. That’s cowardice and unfair as well, esp. when it is coming out of top 4.


kriket Says:

Wow! All I can say is wow! Novak made it in the end, not that I ever doubted him, but he wasn’t playing his best during most of the match, while Murray gave everything he got. Nole did’t go too much for the lines, hitting the balls safely in the strike zone, where Murray could easily dictate the pace for much of the game. Haven’t seen the last two sets, but I assume Novak pushed it up a notch and prevailed. Wow! Props to Murray for world class tennins.
Now, in the finals, I give Novak the edge over Nadal.


Ajet Says:

”carlo Says:

Give me this Murray and Djokovic any day to a Fedal!”

same here, it’s a lot better to see two guys really fighting it out against each other, instead of watching rafa forever kicking fed’s butt, lol ;)


blah Says:

have to give murray credit, some notes:

-I was really surprised that murray had less energy left at the end than djokovic; murray played 2 easy 3 setters before this match whereas djokovic had to go through hewitt and ferrer, both physical grinders.

-I thought Djokovic wasn’t going to be able to finish the match late 2nd set/most part of the third set- he looked gassed and his shots were not popping like they used. He looked passive in that set and started being aggressive early 4th set.

-The turning point came when Murray handed the 4th to Djokovic to save energy. Before the match I thought in terms of energy to go the distance Murray leads even Nadal and Djokovic,especially coming off a 3 setter against Nishikori. I guess I was wrong.

-Murray’s fh has definitely improved; i don’t remember it working this well for him in a big match.

-they need to fire and bring in a new crew of linesmen. some of the calls were atrocious especially early on.

-Djokovic is still playing #1 quality tennis and better than anyone else in the world, but not as good as his peak last year

-I think the day Murray wins a slam is when his fh eclipses his bh… it’s been a trend. Fed’s fh was always his better wing, but Nadal’s Fh went up another level before he started collecting slams outside of clay, and for a while Djokovic’s bh was his better wing for a while but his fh came back before his slams run last year as well. This tells me how important the fh, especially the run around fh is to win a slam in today’s game.


alison hodge Says:

as a british gal,im gutted for muzza i thought nole was there for the taking,great perfomance and a great attitude though,i believe as grendel says hes on the right track to breaking through and winning a grand slam,congrats to jane and all the nole fans,and sorry to margot,not much consolation atm,but im sure our guys gonna have a great year.


Pietje Says:

Question is how much Novak will have left in the tank. No doubt Nadal will be the fresher and fitter of the two.

Since their matches are always brutal and physical, this will give a big edge to Nadal. Sometimes you need a bit of luck to get the monkey off your back. And here it comes :) Nadal in 4!


tfouto Says:

Daniel: “What a great time in tennis we are living. An era with 2 all time greats and in by the end of the year, most likelly 3!!!”

Yes likely 3…


Michael Says:

It is not often you see both players playing their best. It happened today except that Novak was not serving well initially. The timing and range of shots were incredible by both the players and what a match that turned out to be. My congratulations to the winner and sympathies to Murray. He played his best but that was not enough. Nevertheless I am happy that it is Nadal vs Novak and that is the way it should be. I do not think Murray can stand against Nadal in the final with this kind of form. It would be Novak only who could give a stiff fight to Nadal and my only worry is that he has played a long and energy sapping match and has the disadvantage of having less rest than Nadal who has two days to recoup himself. Nadal’s best chance of beating Novak is in this final and if he loses this then it is all well over for Nadal.


Ajet Says:

”S Green Says:
It is mean for ANY player to wish his (final) opponent to be spent and so he could kill the dead. That’s cowardice and unfair as well, esp. when it is coming out of top 4.”

S Green:

who is that guy wishing for a tired opponent in the final??? who tol what??? plz tell as i haven’t read interviews of guys or much blog posts!


Wog boy Says:

Raging Bull, I am looking for you, you told me it is going to be easy and I ended up on VALIUM ! ! !
mat4 , said in one post that by the end of the year Nole and Andy will be #1 and #2 , in whichever order, if my memory is good. this match is prove they deserve to be just that,but please let Nole finish this year as #1 :-)


margot Says:

Well played Nole, just so much better in clutch moments. True champ.
However, am so proud of Andy. So much better than last year. Didn’t get down on himself, kept coming back. Now Ivan steps into the ring. Can’t wait!
ike: please stop putting money on Andy. Have noticed when u do, he loses…and so do you :( No more jinxing please.
PS Good luck on Sunday, Nole…..;)


carlo Says:

Murray has a legend in his corner to say the right words, words Andy will respect and I believe will make the difference going forward this season. We’ll see if he loses 1st round at IW. I don’t think so! No more time for sad, Muzz. Go Andy!

and, Ajde, ajde Nole! 3 AO titles, ajde, I love you and many thanks to you!


Michael Says:

Scorocel,

Pretty bad, isn’t it? First it was grass, clay, hard outdoors & indoors, now it is just hard indoors. How quickly the times can change… But nevermind, if Roger plays his best, even Nadal has no chance ;-)

I still maintain that stand. If Federer plays his best, he can beat Nadal but not on Clay for sure. But it seems Roger will not play his best against Nadal in majors. They didn’t have many opportunities to meet in majors apart from Roland Garros. It was just 3 Wimbledon and 1 Australian and now it is 2 which makes it 5 in other courts apart from Clay and out of this Nadal is now leading 3-2. But the problem here is in Roger’s favourite hard court where he has won number of tournaments he is now trailing 0-2 against Nadal. It is a mind game and Nadal has won it over by his frequent demolition on the clay courts which was extended to other courts in due course. Now Federer is doubting his game against Nadal in all surfaces. Just imagine a player who was in such a form in this form demolishing easily capable players like Delpo and Tomas surrendering meekly to Nadal ? Simply Nadal doesn’t allow Roger to play his best and it is as simple as that. It is a problem of match-ups but unfortunately for Roger it is between the two best players in this era.


Michael Says:

Grendel,

But I find that quote from Nadal too teasing after beating Roger in majors time and again. Whether he is doing it intentionally with a purpose or he just does it, it looks out of place and seems like just mocking a loser.


kriket Says:

One thing is clear though. Đoković is by far the most mentally and psychologically stabile player of the top 4. He’s got the game, but he’s got the mental stamina, which gives him the edge in every match.


grendel Says:

Ike – not a Murray fan as such, but have always admired his tennis, and have to admit to a bit of patriotism.

Skyrocel – that lob actually looked in, this whole hawkeye business is irritating. i suppose you need to restrict the number of challenges, or players would start to challenge everything. But.

Michael – I don’t think Nadal is the mocking type. You might make quite a strong case that Nadal is being condescending to Federer. Deep down, he must have more respect – a warrior’s respect – for Djokovic than for Federer.

margot – you seem quite chipper after your man’s loss. Talking about ethical dilemmas – I found, after all, there wasn’t one. I just badly wanted Murray to win, and never mind the implications for the final. It occurs to me that if before this match people (like me) were too pessimistic about Murray’s chances, it would be wrong to swing entirely in the other direction, and just assume Murray will win a slam. He has to earn that right, doesn’t he. The encouraging thing is that with Lendl’s help, he may well be able to do so. Andy’s opinion of Lendl must be very high right now. I found the match itself quite exhilerating, and the feel good factor spills over a bit, but then of course, my favourite didn’t lose.


mat4 Says:

@Woggy:

Still here, but still feeling shaky.

What I was afraid of happen: the pressure was very big and Nole had to have his back on the wall to unleashed his strokes. But Murray improved, and his physical strength, his velocity and elasticity will make him very difficult to beat.


Wog boy Says:

Margot, Mole and Amdy are here to stay….for a long time and to give us more matches like this one was. Andy’s fans should be proud of Andy same as we are of Nole.
Today was special day, it was St. Sava day, maybe Nole had little bit of divine help from above, from St. Sava.


Wog boy Says:

Mat4, it is 2am and I just can’t sleep, and I have to wake up 6am. What do you think about sunday, 48 hours should be enough to recover, maybe this is the match Nole needed?


Duro Says:

Fantastic match…

Nole won it with heart and guts. Brave when it mattered the most, aggressive, went for his shots and created his own destiny. He got himself the victory. True champion’s mentality.

Andy? Andy was best ever. Much improved. Compliments to him. Great season ahead of him most probably.

And now Rafa…

What a tennis era.


mat4 Says:

48 hours usually is enough to recover for the muscles, but this was an incredible effort. But I expect Nole to play without the big pressure he had to cope with till now.

On the other side, Rafa looked good. I just hope Nole will play the way he can, and let the better player win.


Steve 27 Says:

Federer is over in slams, like I said before. not only Nadal, also Djokovic now and minor players like Berdych, Soderling and Tsonga.And fedtards beleive in his “god”, who is, without any respect, the “arrogant one”, someone who doesnt realizes os better the him. but anyways fed fans believe tennis is only technic and not mental attitude, intelligence, passion, will power and of course tenistic resource. Not having respect for Nadal is only demonstate your incapacity to saw the truth: Nadal have a posibillity the be the real “GOAT”, but I recognize the spaniard have to win the battle against the serbian. If he does, another history could be written. Good day.


Steve 27 Says:

Correction: someone, demonstrate. Pray for the serbian now fed fans. The bad losers: is not my favourite tennis player, have to be someoneelse like the serbian to Nadal doesnt surpass his records in slams: If he does, calendarslam is possible, Pray.


margot Says:

grendel: I am chipper :) When Andy lost the first set, I thought “Oh no, here we go again” But it wasn’t like that at all.
No beating himself up, no swearing at the box, no plucking body parts, he stayed calm and focused. This is a change of such enormity, it feels like those tectonic plates!
He did make a couple of critical errors eg he really should’ve hung on and made Nole serve out the 4th set so he had first serve advantage in the last. He surrendered that too easily. But hey!
Immensely positive post match interview on AO website too.He’s taking two weeks off and then to USA to work with Mr Lendl. Bring on RG say I :)


margot Says:

PS alison, British junior boys doubles won! Liam Brody turning out to be a little star :)


Jamie Says:

Psychic predicts Djokovic to win the final. As you know, she is never wrong. 100% correct all the time.


Jamie Says:

She also told me Federer will not win anymore slams. She sees a HUGE 16 slams as his final number.


Ajet Says:

”Jamie Says:
Psychic predicts Djokovic to win the final. As you know, she is never wrong. 100% correct all the time.”

Jamie:

Tere muh mein ghee shakkar! ;)

This statement in hindi language means ”may your words be true”, LOL ;)


Ajet Says:

”Jamie Says:
She also told me Federer will not win anymore slams. She sees a HUGE 16 slams as his final number.”

Jamie:

Tere muh mein keede pade! ;)
This means may your mouth become infected for saying these words, LOL ;)

Sorry, it was all meant in good humour, no hard feelings for you, hehe :D


Ajet Says:

actually tere muh mein ghee shakkar in literal term means ”may your mouth be filled with butter and sugar”! ;)

but in real sense it is uswd to express the felling ”may you words be true”. hehe


Jamie Says:

@ Ajet

Federer will not win anymore slams. It is written in the stars.


alison hodge Says:

thanks margot liam brody a great british hope for the future,also ollie golding won junior uso champion last year,indeed a bright future for us brits,so sorry for andy i thought nole was there for the taking,but not to be unfortunatly,still i do believe hes closer than ever,with a new improved attitude to go with it,watch this space,you broke my heart with your post on the other thread ,i nearly cried.


Ajet Says:

jamie:

reading stars is not within the capability of a stupid astrologer, only intelligent or wise astronomers and physicists can do it!

moreover, nothing is written anywhere as to what happens the next moment in life! life’s the most unpredictable thing of all!


Jamie Says:

Ajet:

Federer is done winning slams, whether you like it or not.


Jamie Says:

Psychic predictions for the upcoming months:

AO Djokovic(duh)

FO Nadal

Wimbledon and USO is where it gets exciting for Murray. She thinks he might win both and become #1.

Murray will become Nole’s new nemesis and beat him many times. AO is a just a preview of Murray’s future. He will only get better. Great times for Murray fans in the second semester of 2012. She thinks Del Potro might win a slam in 2013.

No more slams for Federer, BTW.


Ajet Says:

jamie:

i don’t care if fed wins more slams or not, even though i would like him to see two more slams, while i think he may at best add only one more, or may be he sticks at 16.


marrisv Says:

Well come FO, “NoleSlam” and his career grand slam will be upon us.


Michael Says:

Grendel,

Michael – I don’t think Nadal is the mocking type. You might make quite a strong case that Nadal is being condescending to Federer. Deep down, he must have more respect – a warrior’s respect – for Djokovic than for Federer.

Is that because Novak has beaten him six straight times ??


Michael Says:

I just chanced to see Nadal’s presser before the finals and it is clear that he badly wanted Murray to win since that would have made his job easy of getting his 11th major. He was all concern for Murray and his selection of bad shots at crucial moments. Luckily for the viewers and unluckily for Murray, he couldn’t make it. I am sure had Murray made the finals, the match would have been over in three or maximum four sets. Despite being a good player, Muray still is not upto the task of competing in the finals of a major. Adding to his misery was his pathetic H2H versus Nadal which only will make his job more tougher. Thus, we have a very good final in offing. Novak Vs Nadal is always treat to watch and I will always root for this because there is nobody else to combat Nadal in Tennis right now than Novak. He is the person who can beat him and he has done so in the past.


jamie Says:

marrisv Says:
Well come FO, “NoleSlam” and his career grand slam will be upon us.

______________

Nole will not win the FO THIS year.

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