It’s Novak Djokovic And Andy Murray For The US Open Title; Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | September 9th, 2012, 8:13 pm
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Novak Djokovic got his head right during the overnight and this morning came out and manhandled David Ferrer 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to his fourth at the US Open, ninth overall.

The match was controversially suspended last night because of an approaching severe weather system with Ferrer serving 5-2. When they resumed earlier today the Spaniard served out the set but that was the last memorable moment for Ferrer. It was one way traffic from there.

With his mind free of any weather or scheduling issues today, Djokovic dominated Ferrer in the final three sets to put himself into his third straight US Open Monday final.

“It’s a great relief obviously to get it over with in four sets,” Djokovic said. “As well I was a different player. I felt much more comfortable on the court today than I did yesterday. Obviously the conditions were more brutal for all of us who played yesterday.”

The two 25-year-olds who were born just a week apart now carry a rivalry first started in juniors to the biggest court on the planet. Djokovic has won eight of 14 career pro meetings including the 2011 Australian Open final and the 2012 Australian Open semifinal which Novak won in five sets. And that’s the match Murray needs to draw from.

“I remember that match going five sets and the distance,” Djokovic said of their match in Australia. “It was difficult in both a physical and mental way. A lot of long rallies, and you couldn’t really say who was going to win that match up to the last point. Most of our matches that we played against each other were very close, and only small margins decide the winner. That’s something that is expected in a way, because we have similar games. We are big rivals and we have been in top of the men’s game for a long time, so we know each other really well. The last match he has won in Olympic Games. Also close one. But it’s a different surface, obviously. With the different surface different tactics apply. So we’ll see. Tomorrow I guess there is no clear favorite.”

Over those five sets earlier this year Murray came out aggressive and attacking, and to stand any chance against Novak tomorrow that’s how he’ll have to play. Apart from the Roger Federer match and a breezy first set yesterday against Ferrer, Djokovic has been almost unbeatable on the hardcourts this summer. And if he plays as composed as he did today I don’t see how Murray is going to beat him

“I have had, yeah, some tough losses against him, but also had some big highs against him, as well,” Murray said. “So obviously will be an unbelievably tough match. He moves very well on the hard courts. He’s a top, top player, one of the best players that’s played.”

For Murray, no player has ever lost their first five Grand Slam finals, so maybe something has to give. But Murray was fortunate to avoid a two-set hole to Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals and then I think the wind helped him get by Tomas Berdych on Saturday. He will enjoy an extra day of rest but I don’t think that will factor much in the end result.

The key will be Murray’s aggression and Novak’s serve. All things being equal though, I give the edge to Djokovic. Murray also excels on the hardcourts but Novak is just too strong on this surface and if he’s playing well like he’s been he’ll get through Murray.
The Pick: Djokovic in four

And congrats to Serena Williams who just reaffirmed her status without doubt as the best player in women’s tennis right now. It went three but Serena was able to outlast Victoria Azarenka to win her 15th Grand Slam and fourth US Open.

CBS will have their fifth straight Monday final live at 4pm ET.


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546 Comments for It’s Novak Djokovic And Andy Murray For The US Open Title; Who’s The Pick?

lazlo Says:

Oh my, who is Miss Jane going to pick?


andrea Says:

congrats to serena. she held on and made it happen. i figured azaraneka would battle this for match and she almost made it. at least it wasn’t a straight set blow out, although that felt likely after the first set.

i don’t have a fave for the men’s but i’d say novak looks better than murray. the ‘x’ factor is : now that murray has finally overcome some adversity and claimed a big prize at the olympics, will this be a different murray?


the DA Says:

Let’s hope that Sean’s spate of failed Murray predictions continues for one more day. ;P


skeezer Says:

andrea,

I agree. I honestly like both of there games, Its nice to see Djoker’s playfullness coming out while being respectful to the game. Murray is maturing also, me thinks to Lendl. Not so much whining now, just play hard and win. *sigh* …miss Fed / Rafa…but hey can’t play forever, and these 2 have played hard and deserve to be where the’re at. I lean towards Novak in this one.


Brando Says:

‘The key will be Murray’s aggression and Novak’s serve.’

I would say the key is MURRAY’S SERVE & AGGRESSION.

We know novak is going to bring it, be firing on all cylinders- he’s a top draw player, defending champion- so we do not expect anything different.

But for me, IF we are to get a result other than a novak win, andy’s serve has to be firing and he has to be consistently aggressive.

For me, IF andy serve’s and plays like he did in the olympic SF- then he’ll win.

And i am going to go out on a limb, and say that i think he will bring his A game, and break his GS duck by winning in 4 (possibly even 5).

You heard it here first folks!


Brando Says:

P.S:

‘”I will give it everything,” Andy Murray said. “I will leave it all out there.” ‘

That statement tells me that he’s ready now, there won’t be any holding back- and he shall go all guns blazing for the win.

As he should, since he who dares- wins!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/sep/09/andy-murray-us-open-final?newsfeed=true


Cyrus Says:

Murray won’t win because on Grass which is way better than Nole, he was pushed hard at the Olympics. Nole, if he keeps his focus, with his movement, will eventually grind down Murray


Angel Says:

Brando who are you kidding, Novak in four sets, clear as water. I’m sorry for Murray, 5 loses in Grand Slams finals must hurt a lot. But eventually he’ll get one, maybe next year.


Alok Says:

Didn’t watch the match, but one set was all David was goling to get after the match got postponed. It’s difficult to get back the momentum once play is stopped. How many times we’ve seen players leading in a match that is stoppped due to rain, and then return a completely different player and crumbl, then ends up losing the match?

It’s at GS finals that I miss Fedal more than at any other matches.

Hope the match will be a competitive one and live up to expectations for those who will be watching.


Alok Says:

Forgot to say, I agree with andrea, congrats to serena. Azarenka tried very hard to get the win, but in the end her mental toughness was not there.

I don’t have a fave in the upcoming match but djokovic should win. He’s played the least amount of time on court, and should have a lot left in the tank.


SG1 Says:

My head says Novak. My heart is with Murray. These are two really likeable guys. I usually root for them in their matches. It would be nice to see Andy pull this one out though to be quite frank, I see this as a very bad match up for Andy. His serve is not good enough to hurt the best returner in the sport and he won’t be able to out defend the best baseliner in the world either. Andy will definitely have to implement some new tactics if he’s to reverse his loss to Novak at the AO in 2010. If he plays Novak the way he played Berdych (granted weather was a huge factor), he’ll blown away like a clay pigeon.


mat4 Says:

I just had a look at Andy’s stats. Seems the usual stuff: killing first serve, but only 55%; second serve à la Jelena Jankovic. No conclusion whatsoever.

Then, I went to that Jamie’s astrology site, you know, the one that predicted Roger to win WB, Sally Kirkman. She put her money on Nole, this time.

Then, I rewatched a bit of Andy’s match against Cilic (end of the second set, third set). I was also not impressed.

But… Djokovic does like pace. We could see it in his match against DelPo. If you don’t feed him with pace, he has difficulties, especially when he doesn’t serve well. Murray has problems against power players — I have no doubts that, in regular conditions, he would have had much more problems against Berdych — but Djokovic hasn’t got enough power to blow out Murray off the court.

Then, Murray plays a less risky game. He counts on his first serve to bring him enough free points, and he is content to move the ball around and wait for an error. He is able to defend exceptionally well, so he can make that error happen. He clearly is not a good match-up for Novak.

On the other side,Novak is in better form, and the court suites him well. The difficulties to pressure serve he had on grass are gone. He is especially dangerous against second serves.

He has changed his first serve: on one hand, it is more dangerous now, on the other, his percentage of first serve is lower. So that could be one of the key of the match.

Finally, there is the build-up: on hard, Andy has never won when Novak brought his A game.

So, for me, everything depends on Novak: if he plays the way he played against DelPo, or in the fourth set against Ferrer, I have good hope that he will win. But will he play that way?


SG1 Says:

The women’s final was quite compelling. Alok is right on the money. Some lack of mental fortitude was missing from Azarenka from 5-3 in the 3rd set onward.

I actually thought that Azarenka would win this match. I felt her return could largely neutralize Serena’s serve. I also felt that the tough matches she had played against her previous two opponents has made her battle hardened for the final. I also didn’t think that Serena had pushed enough during the tournament and that this would come back to haunt her (which it almost did). Strangely, I find that Serena tends to get tight in big matches. She definitely got tight in this match. Azarenka just couldn’t make her pay for it.

All this being said, Azarenka is still young and can still add some improvements to her game e.g. bigger serve, little more consistency on the forehand. Maybe a little more power on her groundies as well. She’s a damned good athlete so I think she can learn from this experience and get better.

As for Serena…what can you say? Great players find a way to win. Even if they have to win ugly.


SG1 Says:

The USTA really needs to get this Monday final deal straightened out. I know that they want to have the men’s semi-finals televised but as has been proven the last 4 years, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Probably better to put one men’s final at say 3pm on the second Friday and the other at 7pm. This gives the finalists more than a full day to recover and still leaves Saturday as a fall back position if it rains on Friday. Get the women to play their semi-finals on Thursday. If there’s too much clutter, start the tournament on the Sunday instead of the Monday.


RZ Says:

Djokovic is the favorite to win this, but GO MURRAY GO!!!


Cruise Says:

If nole brings his A game, there is nothing murray can do to beat him. It is that simple, really.

If nole falters, which I dont see happening, then murray has a chance.

Murray will lose here and show us that Slams are not the same as olympics.


Angel Says:

RZ, Novak is not just the favorite, if he doesn’t get hurt during the match, he will win.


autoFilter Says:

I can’t really cope with the notion of a reality in which Murray loses yet another GS final right now, so I’m picking Muzza to break through and lift the trophy tomorrow. Seriously, though, I think these guys are equally good at tennis when firing on all cylinders, but in my estimation Murray wants it more and has demonstrated increased resolve while Djokovic has shown just enough vulnerability to be left holding the platter.


Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. Lady Forehand will do his thing – choke and choke well. The worst part is..we get to see Lendl cry with Sean Connery.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I just hope we get a 5-set classic. For me it’s still 50-50.


SG1 Says:

I guess it all comes down to Murray being able to let go of the past and play in the present. If he can do this (and serve really well), he has a very good chance to make this match competetive and perhaps win it. Even if Novak plays well. Murray stared down his nemesis at the Olympics and beat him. Even on Fed’s best surface. This something that he can draw upon for this match with Novak. And while I agree that the Olympics is not a slam, I believe it to be every bit as meaningful.

I don’t think Roger would have hung around until 2012 if it hadn’t been for the Olympics. He wanted that Gold medal badly to fill out his resume. Murray beat a guy hungry to win on a surface that suited his opponent more than him.

I’m hoping Murray can pull this one out. I hope he plays the “go for it” tennis needed to make this happen. I like Novak. I’d just like to see Murray get over the hump. He has committed to improving his game. He is as talented as anyone (other than Fed). It would be good for tennis to have another threat at the top. More than anything, it would be nice to see a good guy, a true sportsman overcome the demons and hold the big trophy. Lendl did it. Agassi did it. I hope Murray can do it too.


SG1 Says:

Humble Rafa…

Somehow, given your rift with Novak, I’m surprised to hear you talk this way. I’d think that you of all people would be trying to pump up Murray. Isn’t this a case of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”?


Alok Says:

@SG1- “Probably better to put one men’s final at say 3pm on the second Friday and the other at 7pm. This gives the finalists more than a full day to recover and still leaves Saturday as a fall back position if it rains on Friday.”

—————-
Ooh ah, we get to see two men’s finals. That would be a winner. Just a joke, I know what you meant. Two Sfs.

Those skinny girls need to get male hitting partners to return serena’s powerful groundies. The skinny girls are like a snack for Serena. LOL.

I think serena’s tightness in finals is due to her wanting it so much because she knows that each final could be her last. It’s similar to fed, who now gets so tight in SFs and final matches. These older athletes want to win so much that winning becomes a mental impediment for them.


Alok Says:

007 James Bond never cries and Never Say Never.


SG1 Says:

The day Lendl cries, I’ll proclaim Roger Federer as my all time favorite tennis player. I don’t think Lendl was even born with tear ducts. Once Lendl got past his early years, he was as steely eyed a competitor as you will ever see. Even when he lost, he never showed his opponents a thing. He was a good sport in defeat but he never went out of his way shower praise on his opponents.


SG1 Says:

Alok,

I don’t know about that. I have always found Serena to play a little tight in her finals matches. And I do think that the other women in the draw hit with male practice partners. I actually think it comes down to something much more basic. Physique. Serena is built like a linebacker. Her arms (and her shoulders…and her legs) are just massive. This gives her the natural ability to just blast a tennis ball. Martina went through this transformation from a more feminine look to a more athletic one.

Once Martina did this, she completely dominated the sport. The other players couldn’t stay with her and match her athleticism. I think the same is true for Serena.


Michael Says:

I am a fan of Novak. But yet I like Murray to win this one. He badly needs this especially after his four losses in the finals of majors. If Murray loses this one too, then his hopes of winning a major are as good as over. This loss might badly shatter his confidence and he may not be the player he is. So, this final is crucial to Murray’s fortunes than Novak who has already proved himself. All said and done, the edge is certainly with Novak. I would say 65:35 in his favour. Murray has a chance if Novak has a bad day in Office and he plays the way like he did in the Olympics against Roger. Also, Murray is extremely good in playing under windy conditions more than Novak. So, Murray would be praying for the wind to blow over in the finals. Infact he would happy if a hurricane or Tornado hits Arthur Ashe stadium which will bring in the wind factor into play. So, Murray needs a variety of factors to come into play to favour him in the finals. Given the weather forecast, I think that favours Novak because the prediction is for a sunny weather. Therefore, I am wondering how Murray is going to win this one ? Ofcourse he can do it and for that he has to forget that it is a slam finals which is easier said than done.


SG1 Says:

The late George Allen, former coach of the Washington Redskins once stated, “Everytime you lose, ya’ die a little.”. I hope that Murray doesn’t die a little tomorrow.


Huh Says:

SG1 on September 10th, 2012 at 12:03 am,

nice post…

are you the same SG???


Huh Says:

Michael

I would go a little further and say it’s like 90-10 in favour of novak. I dunno how muzz can win as he’s so vulnerable mentally in critical matches so many times.

te only thing which gives me hope is, like brando pointed out, murray saying
‘”I will give it everything,” Andy Murray said. “I will leave it all out there.” ‘

NOW THAT GIVES ME SOME HOPE :)
THOU IT MAY BE FAKE HOPE :(


Huh Says:

Novak without doubt is a tiger, but all I hope for muzz is to give up his cozy chinese bear within him and instaed come out as the ABSOLUTELY DAMNABLE GRIZZLY BEAR like hunger and snatch that trophy of the mouth of NOVAK-THE TIGER!

It’ll either be

MURRAY-THE COZY CHINESE BEAR VS NOVAK-THE TIGER

or it’ll be MURRAY-THE GRIZZLY VS NOVAK-THE TIGER!

I’m for sure hopin for the GRIZZLY(MURRAY) VS TIGER(NOVAK) with the GRIZZLY coming out VICTORIOUS!


harry Says:

Yes mat4, Andy is a tough matchup for Nole: they are 3 each in their last 6 matches, and it is 6-5 overall in favor of Nole on hard courts.

But ….. Nole is a big match player and he is in awesome form; if Andy is not switched on like he was during the Raonic match, it will be plum brandy time in double quick time :) But if Andy brings his formidable repertoire to the match (which I really think he will), it will be a cracker and it will be a 5-setter and more than a few fingernails might find themselves uncomfortably short :)


Margot Says:

Of course Nole is the favourite.
On the other hand Sean picks him so ……;)
Agree with all above, Andy must serve well and come out prepared to come off the baseline, where he can’t possibly beat Nole. He must befuddle, bemuse, bewitch.
One good thing, I’d say, is he doesn’t hold Nole in the same awe as they both hold Rog and Rafa. They are contemporaries after all.
SG1 @ 12.03 gr8 post. Cheers.
Come on Andy! Relax, have fun out there, as Lendl told you. Believe, you CAN do it! :)


Margot Says:

@ harry
Silly, NO fingernails left anyway after Andy/Berd tie br8…..


harry Says:

Hi Margot — hope you are fine otherwise (fingernails apart!). Berdych match was a great one tactically by Muzz. I like Nole, but I also like Muzz; but i guess Muzz needs it more :) Good luck to you and to Andy :) Andy has improved so much this year…


Margot Says:

Cheers harry :) butterflies in stomach, sweating already, jumping at loud noises, but apart from that…fine. *thumbs up.*


Giles Says:

If joker plays FAIR, i.e. NO mto’s, NO feigning fatigue, no smashing furniture aka AO, then Murray can beat him today. BTW weather forecast today is a bit windy. GO MURRAY!!


Wog boy Says:

Giles,

I think you got it wrong, Apart of his opponents Nole didn’t smash anything else at AO this year, FO is different storry.

I am pretty sure he won all his titles fair and square but if you say so ………

Tell in how many finals he asked for MTO in last two years, not just finals?


blah Says:

How disastrous would it have been for Murray if FERRER made it through and beat him in the final. Djokovic has much less pressure on him than Murray, barring windy conditions, he should win this. If Djokovic win this, one has to start wondering how many slams he will win. Provided he is in good enough form, realistically there is no slam or surface he cannot win on, with Federer(age) and Nadal(knees) slowly fading, outside of that the only one who can challenge him is Murray, and you have to wonder how many unsuccessful slam finals is too much.


mat4 Says:

@harry:

Yes, it is very difficult to predict anything. My last hope is Sally Kirkman.

Anyway, I know that your are not serious writing about who needs it more (I myself need some money, a new job and a new girlfriend — hopefully my wife won’t see this), but I can’t refrain myself from quoting:

“Criez pas de merci! Lachez les chiens de guerre.”

So… A bold prediction from my part (I had nightmares): Nole wins 62, 75, 64.


madmax Says:

Want to wish both men and fans of both a great match. Doubt it will go to five sets, but who knows?

Wonder if rafa and roger are watching! oh to be a fly on the wall!


Michael Says:

Huh,

Agree. It is difficult to conquer the mental demons that will be haunting Murray. More than physical, it is mental resilience which will decide the winner. Given his vulnerability, Murray can lose from a position even if he is serving for the match like what Azarenka learnt a hard lesson. For Murray, the problem is his missed opportunities. He has lost four major finals and the fifth one is surely going to be that much more difficult. I sincerely hope Murray discovers his A class game which eliminated Roger in the Olympic Gold medal match. All said and done, it is advantage Novak, but I cannot give 90:10 since Murray is not a walkover. He can push Novak hard like he has done in the past. I would still say 65:35 in favour of Novak.


Giles Says:

Wog boy. Didn’t joker smash a bench to pieces in one of the tourneys? Mto’ s – Cincy 2011 shoulder injury, USO 2011 final back injury and thereafter he was running like a rabbit. AO semis against Murray feigning fatigue, many thought he was on the verge of collapse. Just some of his many antics when he is losing!


Giles Says:

C’mon Murray!!!


mat4 Says:

WB:

Don’t feed trolls.


mat4 Says:

BTW,

Murray won’t set a record when (if) he loses today: Fred Stolle has done before him.


Wog boy Says:

That was FO, I already told you.
That MTO record is not so bad for someone who won 13-14 titles since january last year. Check the other players records If we are going to be picky lets start with other players antics, lets say Nadal’s one… and so on:) they are all jusy humans, they all have dome tricks and as long as they don’t brake the rules I don’t see a problem with that, even if they sometimes bend the rules.
Let us enjoy match that should be good, these young men are going to rule in next couple of years:)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I hope people do not underestimate Murray too much. The guy gives very difficult balls to Novak. His slice is very very effective against Novak’s BH. Novak finds it difficult to hit through the slice which stays low. That’s why Roger is able to beat him on HC or Grass even with a SHB. Murray has a fantastic slice and I think he seems to have improved the shot.

He with Lendl would have worked out a plan for Novak. I doubt he is going to give the hip high bouncing balls for Novak to blast from his BH. Novak’s DTL can be neutralised if you give him a very low ball with spin on his BH, which Murray will try to exploit.

The problem for Murray is going to be holding his serve. I believe he would be breaking Novak, but can he hold his serve is what will decide the match outcome.

Murray needs to play all court game, not just try to outsmart Novak from the baseline. I just think Murray’s slice would get him the title.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Too late, I already did it but I will not do it again:)

BTW, no predictions, PLEEEEASE;(


mat4 Says:

I won’t jinx Nole this time, don’t worry.


mat4 Says:

I think that Vajda has also a plan against Murray…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure about the talk of Murray losing 5 finals and how it will affect his career. I just don’t see that happening with Murray or even Novak. They are superior tennis players than the rest (other than Nadal and Roger). they cannot lose their skills just like that. He may go on a depression and lose few tournaments, but he is going to bounce back. He will again be a strong contender for AO even if he loses the finals. Current Top 4 skill level is just too good and there is very little which separates them.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

I guess you are familiar with what I am going to tell,
Andy has agent 007 with him to help him against Nole but Nole had a spirit of real double agent 007, whose name was Dusan Popov and it happened to be Serb who worked for MI5 and MI6 during WW2 , lived in Germany, UK, USA, France where he peacefully died. String of beautiful ladies including French actor Simon Simone. Agent 007 is based on Dusan Popov. Google his name, fascinating life, He even passed information that Perl Harbour is going to be be bombed but Hoover didn’t do anything abou that. You can find much more on Wiki about Dusan Popov.


Michael Says:

Nirmal @ 5.30

I tend to disagree. If Murray loses this one too, then this is sure to have disastrous impact on his psyche how much he might try to wish it away. Therefore, it is imperative that he wins this one. His success at the Olympic finals might be of some help to him. Agree, Murray is a great player, but even his coach Lendl won the 5th one and if Murray doesn’t do it, then that will be doing tremendous damage to his future. But on the other hand, if he somehow manages to win this one, then for sure he is not going to stop with just one and we can hope for atleast 6-7.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael,

I really don’t know what would happen if he loses. But I believe his skill level is still higher than the other Top 10 players who are below his ranking. So unless he gets injured I’m not sure why he would not be successful in the future. He may never win a slam, but he would still be a slam contender for next few years based on his skill alone.

Everyone thought Roger would retire after his losses to Rafa, many said same about Rafa after his losses against Novak, they said Novak is a one slam wonder when he kept losing to Roger or Rafa in GS. They have all proved the distractors wrong by bouncing back, just because their skill levels are very high.

I expect the same from Murray, part of this is more to do with my wish than reality. I really love Murray’s play next to Roger. His is more pleasing than many others.


Colin Says:

Wog Boy, you got the name the wrong way round – it’s Simone Simon. But she was gorgeous.

I don’t think people are paying enough attention to the AO semi final. Had the final not been an even longer epic, Murray would get more credit for that five setter against Nole. That was on a hard court, and it’s plausible Andy has learned something since then, so why does anybody think he will be blown away?

By the way,it’s a little sad to see Sean Connery looking so old. Funnily enough, he now looks quite a lot like me!


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

I agree Murray has all the weapons to be a great player, but to win a major you should be mentally strong. It is not enough if you just play well. Infact had Lendl lost that match against Mcenroe in the French Open finals after losing the first four, he would definitely not have gone one to win 7 more majors. If you recall, Mcenroe helped Lendl win that match by his bad temparement. He was leading two sets to love and a break up in the third but he lost that match not by Lendl’s good play but more due to his temparement, a loss which he will not forget in his life time. So, Murray should win this one at any cost. If he does not, then that may be end of his major dreams.

It would not be fair to compare Murray’s performance with the likes of Roger, Nadal and Novak. I think Nadal won his first final in a major and likewise Roger. Novak won it in his second attempt. Novak failed in the semi finals mostly against Roger and a semi is different from a final. Those three certainly didn’t have the bad experience of failing four times at the final of a major, a cruel fate that has befallen on Murray.

As regards the last para, I endorse your opinion. It is your wish which you are putting across different from reality. So, Is there anything more to say on this ? I am right in saying that Murray needs to desperately win this one as otherwise he is lost.

All said and done, Murray’s game is a delight to watch.


the DA Says:

“I think that Vajda has also a plan against Murray…”

Yes, he also had a plan against Nadal at RG, Federer at Wimby and Murray at the Olympics. All the best laid plans….


the DA Says:

“he would definitely not have gone one to win 7 more majors”

That’s an absurd assumption. Such nonsense.

“I think Nadal won his first final in a major and likewise Roger. Novak won it in his second attempt.”

Yes, remind us who their opponents were again.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael,

I am right in saying that Murray needs to desperately win this one as otherwise he is lost.

I really don’t know if you are right. First Murray has not lost the match, second no one knows including Murray how he is going to react if he loses. Maybe next year USO we can discuss whether u are right or not.

But one thing I’m sure is even if Murray loses the final, he is better than other Top 10 players. So, i’m not sure how he will not be in the semis of next few slams.


Wog boy Says:

Colin,

That is not first thing that I got the wrong way round:)
I saw only black and white pictures of her and you are right, she looks great.
I really hope for good match and I said it on the other thread it is 50/50 with the edge to Murray because of confidence boost he had with gold medal, but I believe in my man.


mat4 Says:

“the DA Says:

‘I think that Vajda has also a plan against Murray…’

Yes, he also had a plan against Nadal at RG, Federer at Wimby and Murray at the Olympics. All the best laid plans….”

Indeed. But his plans work sometimes. At least five times.


Michael Says:

That’s an absurd assumption. Such nonsense.

No, that has much sense and it is not an absurd assumption. For sure, if Lendl had lost that final against Mcenroe in Rolland Garros, it would have demoralised him completely. First, it was a Clay court where Lendl is expected to win against the likes of Mcernoe who are more comfortable on Grass, Hard and carpet. The fact that Lendl won from a position of defeat was not due to his superb play but by the tantrums of Mcenroe who scripted his own defeat in that final. I think the three defeats at the final of major had its impact in that match when Lendl fell behind.

You asked about the opponents of Nadal and Roger. I think it was Puerta for Nadal and the hard serving Australian Mark Philipoussis.


mat4 Says:

WB:

Nole is in better form. Just check his results since the grass season, and compare it to Andy’s. If he brings his A game, he has good chances to win.

He has a better forehand, his backhand is not inferior, he has improved his serve, and strategically he plays a more intelligent game. His ability to mix, change the pace and the spin is underrated. And also important: he has shown that he can win on the biggest stage.

For Andy to win, he would have to serve much better than Novak. It is possible, but not probable.

A word about the “Lendl effect”. It is the only season when Murray hasn’t won a MS. He made one final only. His only relevant win was at the Olympics, played on his home turf. I don’t see any improvement here.

I think it will be a difficult match, but it is on Novak’s racquet.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

You have misunderstood. I didn’t say Murray lost the match. I said Murray needs to win this one desperately for his overall career development. By the way, we are just speculating about the outcome of the match. As I said, Murray can win. He has the game. The only thing is that he should be mentally strong. Ofcourse, we do not know how he will react to a loss ? But for sure it would be demoralizing for Murray as no player has lost five consecutive finals at majors in the professional era. Well, he can bounce back even from that loss. But it would require tremendous fortitude from hsi end to do that. All said and done, this is the right moment for Murray. Roger has been beaten early and Nadal is not there. He has only mountain to climb and that is Novak. Let us hope he is successful.


mat4 Says:

@Michael:

Ooops, sorry, but I noticed an orthographic error in your post that changes completely the meaning of your sentence. It should be:

“Let us hope he is UNsuccessful.”

:-)


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

You are in cheeky mood:)


mat4 Says:

WB:

I have the impression that we are perhaps the only fans Nole has on this site. He has a lot of fans when he plays Roger, or Rafa — those who root against Rafa or Roger, of course.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

You might be right.


Kimberly Says:

Mat4, Nile has you wog boy, Jane, sar, Nina, stu as a core base of true fans. Yes, the others typically join in to root against fedal.


blah Says:

Murray is not roger. Very few has that kind of psyche and that large window (spans across 10 years), when it comes to being able to stay on top of the game. Nadal was always good for a roland garros trophy even if his season wasnt going too well. Djokovic already had a slam before the two year long cold streak. If Murray keeps losing, eventually it ll catch up with him, just a matter of when. He’s also older than the other three when they won their first slam.


Kimberly Says:

Used to have duro as well


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly:

Thanks.


Wog boy Says:

mat4

Kimberly is very pragmatic person, but I think she feels sorry for us, we look so lonely on this forum ATM and she is trying to keep us in good spirit:)

Time for bed, night.


Big Cheddar Says:

Interesting signs emerging that Murray has mastered his mental demons & will win. http://wp.me/p2yTsO-u2


mat4 Says:

I hope she will feel sorry for AM’s fans after the match…

Just to add that I have, myself, the utmost respect for Andy’s fans. It is so easy to be a Federer fan, or a Nadal fan, it is sometimes good to be a Djokovic fan (not on Mondays after Roland Garros), but to be a Murray’s fan requires so much courage, mental fortitude and heart… I am in awe.

:-)

If Nole loses today, I will hide in a mouse hole for at least one month. Got to joke while I can.


marko Says:

@Wog boy,

thanks for that Dusko Popov post. I had never even heard of him. That’ll provide me with some interesting reading while waiting for the match to start :)


Wog boy Says:

Marko,

No probs, any time:)


Huh Says:

whoever’s destined to win, SHALL WIN.

No matter how much we want muzza or nole, WE CAN’T CHANGE DESTINY.

It’s a matter of time that the destined winner’ll be known to everybody.


Huh Says:

and it’s true that match’s on nole’s racquet.

and it’s equally true that it’ll be safe to bet that a loss here and murray’s done and dusted for the rest of his life(of cours i’d love to be proved wrong).

lastly, it’s also true that hadn’t lendl won that FO against jmac, he would never have had 8 slams(may be he’d be lucky to win even 2 slams in that case).

and btw the plan of vajda or lendl means nothing, it’s only the player who can make it happen, and all things considered objectively: NOLE WILL DO IT LIKELY…

let’s see what destiny holds for muzz.


Polo Says:

I hope Murray wins just because he has not won any majors yet. But Djokovic looks like he is in top form and tough to beat. I hope they play in optimum weather condition unlike that horrible condition last Friday. I hope they both play their best so that whoever loses, losses only the match but not his pride.


harry Says:

@mat4–

I like your quote “Criez pas de merci! Lachez les chiens de guerre”! I think i will unleash it on an unsuspecting soul ;) Good luck to you, WB, and Nole too :)

“I have the impression that we are perhaps the only fans Nole has on this site. He has a lot of fans when he plays Roger, or Rafa — those who root against Rafa or Roger, of course.” Great one again, mat4 :) You are on fire today…


mat4 Says:

@harry:

Just another manic Monday…


harry Says:

@mat4 –
i dont know how i am going to watch it today (around noon Monday)… Also it will get too late for you in the night, right?


harry Says:

^i think WogBoy will have the match at a perfect time :) at 6 in the morning…


Polo Says:

Nole came at a time when fans were divided only between Federer and Nadal because they were the unquestionably top two players, and for a very long time, too. His time has come and if he continues to play like he has been doing for the past two years, his legion will grow. He is quite charismatic and more people will begin to see that.


Brando Says:

‘let’s see what destiny holds for muzz.’

Exactly where my interest is in this match- what is in store for andy?

I do not buy into the notion that the match is on novak’s racquet whatsoever. I never believe in such generalization’s, as andy has as much a say in how this match is decided as novak. BOTH have a racquet each lol!

Quite simply, IMHO, andy will have his chances and he needs to capitalise on them.

Most observers feel he is ready to claim his 1st slam title- and so do i.

I think i am the ONLY ONE so far on this thread who feels andy will be the winner- hope i am right , and hope andy gets what has been long overdue for him- a maiden GS title!


mat4 Says:

@harry:

I usually work late in the evening, because of the kids, so it is OK. I am also certain that my son will try to watch the match with me.

But it will be tough to watch, without any doubt. I probably try that cognac (votka, whatsoever) before the match. It is good for the heart… or something like that.


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

Tu quoque, Brande, amice mei?


alison Says:

Brando i completely agree,personally ive never believed in that statement either,i think its a case of who plays better on the day will be the winner pure and simple,never has won a GS doesnt necassarily mean never will,it seems a shame people are so quick to write Andy off,Nole was there for the taking IMO against Andy in the semis at the AO this year,like wise against Ferrer a couple of days ago,who knows how that match would have turned out if not for the interuption due to the weather,nothing against Nole as i do like the guy but i think hes ridden his luck at times,dont get me wrong hes an amazing player but i dont believe hes invincible like some other people seem to think.


mat4 Says:

@alison:

Et tu, alison?


alison Says:

Mat4 sorry English is my 1st and only language lol.


jimmy Says:

Fifth year in a row I have to take time off from work to watch the final. Go Nole!


Brando Says:

@Alison:

‘Nole was there for the taking IMO against Andy in the semis at the AO this year,like wise against Ferrer a couple of days ago,’

COMPLETELY TRUE AND IN AGREEMENT.

And we are NOT the only ones to think as such. Some other people who know a thing or 2 about tennis also think the same:

- Roger Federer: ‘”I know how close he was against Djokovic in Australia this year,” Federer said. “People don’t give him enough credit for that match.”‘

- Rafael Nadal: Even criticized murray for letting the match slip- ‘”To win a tournament like this and to play against player like Djokovic, you cannot start the fourth set like this,” the Spaniard said. “It’s the moment to play with more intensity than ever, not start with three-love down and two breaks in five minutes.”‘

So i AGREE with you- andy has MORE of a chance than most are giving him or believe he has. And novak is not as invincible as some are portraying him to be.

I believe it is not direspectful to say that had it been for a SINGLE POINT he would have not won USO 11′.

He was 2 MERE GAMES AWAY from losing TWICE v murray and nadal at AO 12′.

So as good as he is on outdoor hardcourt, he has ALSO had his fair share of luck- which ALL top players need.

Hopefully andy get’s lucky tonight and gets his maiden slam- i hope and believe he will!

COME ON ANDY!


jimmy Says:

And on the other hand Murray has come up small in every major final he has played in and fully deserves to be 0-4.

Maybe Djokovic was “lucky” against Roger last year, or maybe he has good nerves at the big moments.


mat4 Says:

Brando scripsit:

“Rafael Nadal: Even criticized murray for letting the match slip”

I hope Murray criticized Rafael Nadal after the final.

“he has ALSO had his fair share of luck- which ALL top players need.”

Fortuna adiuvat fortis…


Brando Says:

‘I hope Murray criticized Rafael Nadal after the final.’

He wouldn’t dare do so- rafa is his hero! LOL!

That remark though was more rafa noting, what most thought, that andy should not have switched off like that against a top player like novak.

If you have the advantage against a top player then you need to press it home! Not ease off and give the opponent a window of oppurtunity to make a comeback!

IMHO- that is a KEY ASPECT to tonight’s final, whether andy can stay aggressive and not mentally switch off!


mat4 Says:

BTW, where is jane?

It should be her day: she roots for both finalists.

She even likes Lendl. NO… I’m joking… Impossible, no?


alison Says:

Thanks Brando as i dont want people to all of a sudden think im picking fault with Nole as you point out he and all the other top players have also had their fair share of luck,so why not Murray surely he deserves his share of luck too,and surely no one can be that unlucky all the time,by the law of averages,go Muzza,im begging the tennis gods.


mat4 Says:

@alison:

But Muzza already had his fair share of luck: Roger lost in the QF, then the wind helped him to make the final, then Novak’s semi was postponed…

Is it an omen?


stu Says:

Muzz has had more than his fair share of luck at Slams. He has never beaten Fedal or even Nole at a Slam semi (ok, 2008 USO, but Rafa wasn’t so good on HCs then).

I’m sure it’s rough losing 4 finals, but I don’t think it’s because he’s been unlucky.


Brando Says:

@Alison:

Same here- you want andy to win. period!

Not next time. Not ‘ oh maybe next year is his year’.

NO!

Today and this one.

He’s good enough, he’s ready- GO GET IT MUZZA!


harry Says:

@mat4 —

“BTW, where is jane? … It should be her day: she roots for both finalists.”

May be that is the reason? If you root for both, you feel sad if either one of them loses. I would think so…


Giles Says:

Gonna be a windy one. Winds 15 mph!


S Green Says:

I am at the stadium and yes the gust gets really bad


S Green Says:

Hello from Arthur Ashe to everyone who knows me


S Green Says:

Watching band people that you don’t see on TV


alison Says:

Mat4 and Stu i dont know what it is TBH,so many possibilities anyway i hope he gets the GS monkey of his back tonight either way.


alison Says:

If Nole wins the majority of his fans are very humble and gracious,however i think Jamie will become even more insufferable than H/S is already,if thats possible.


mat4 Says:

@alison:

“If Nole wins the majority of his fans are very humble and gracious”

I have no doubt whatsoever that Andy’s fans will remain, as they have proven so many times before, gracious and majestic in defeat.

;-)


mat4 Says:

But the match will soon start, and it is time for me to leave, and spend those agonizing hours in solitude…


jimmy Says:

Let’s hope they play another classic like in the AO.


alison Says:

Mat4 whatever happens hope you enjoy the final,may tennis be the winner.


Huh Says:

”@Alison:

Same here- you want andy to win. period!

Not next time. Not ‘ oh maybe next year is his year’.

NO!

Today and this one.

He’s good enough, he’s ready- GO GET IT MUZZA!”

wow brando! now that’s some spirit!

INDEED… NO NEXT YEAR MUZZA PLEASE!!!

GO FOR IT!!!

ALLEZ MUZZA!!!


Huh Says:

”may tennis be the winner”

Alison, tennis is indeed always the winner, no matter who wins! only the more deserving wins, or you can say THE DESTINED ONE WINS!


Huh Says:

S Green

HELLO FROM MY SIDE N ENJOY THE MATCH!!! :D

May it be a really great match with full of amazin shots n mindblowin drama n leave you sweatin n on the edge of your chair!

Let the game begin!…….

AND talkin of here, what a night! what an occassion! nothin more tense than seein muzz in a GS final! ;(


skeezer Says:

Stadium looks half full. Pathetic.


Huh Says:

HOLY PIG!

The impact of the match!

even the sky here is sweatin!

It’s Raining Past MidNight!

And am Njoyin!!! ;) :p B-)


Krishna Says:

Wow Nole broken at love to start the match! :O


Krishna Says:

lolz back on serve..should be an interesting match..


jamie Says:

Murray wins.

__________________

Acaba de empezar la final, (16:10 New York)

Murray de blanco, Luna canceriana en su propia casa y en trigono a la PF.

Como vengo diciendo, para mi se lleva el titulo el escocés.
__________________


TennisFan Says:

The Djok not so good … he really doesn’t deserve to be playing today anyway .. maybe justice will prevail in sort of a sad way …


the DA Says:

54 shot rally? haha


andrea Says:

54 shots. wowza!


Giles Says:

Joker already smashing racquets!


TennisFan Says:

A couple more rallies like that and Djok will be done … he’s playing right into Murray’s hands … looks good.


mat4 Says:

The tennis gods are definitely on Murray’s side.


the DA Says:

A champion handles any conditions. Murray doing it better at the moment.


Krishna Says:

back on serve 4-4! :)


mat4 Says:

“the DA Says:

A champion handles any conditions.”

You could be right.


zinaldo Says:

Come on novak don’t let a pusher like murray beat you.


zinaldo Says:

5-4 come time to break his will novak.


Giles Says:

C’mon Murray!!


Huh Says:

destiny’s child SHALL WIN. but who’s that, need to watch! ;)


Pitchaboy Says:

Lousy match with subpar baseline rallies. A sleeping pill for fans with no dog in this fight.


Huh Says:

whoever deserves to win, will win. Hope for tonight, muzz gets lucky n wins.


skeezer Says:

Novak is going to slowly wear down Murray if it continues this way. Murray is doing a ton of running….


Pitchaboy Says:

Slowing down the courts has dumbed down the game. Baseline sloggers have taken over.


skeezer Says:

Nice to see the Stadium filled up


skeezer Says:

I am sure the quality of play from both player would be better without the elements……..and some fans were crying about Roofs…hehe.


Ty Says:

They are both starting to pick up the play. They needed to get settled down/used to the wind.


Ty Says:

For a while they looked like two back-up QBs playing against each other in the super bowl.


Ty Says:

It looks like they are warming up rather than trying to win points


Pitchaboy Says:

A tennis match is trying to breakthrough a warmup


Huh Says:

let’s see if murray can take this set. let’s see what he’s got!


Huh Says:

murray said that he’ll give this match his all! if indeed he does, he’ll at least take this 1st set first.


Polo Says:

Shots like that on set point is not going to win Murray a major.


Huh Says:

where’re the biggest muzzans like mrs margot, collin, puckbandit etc???

and where’re brando n alison??

n where are djokovicans like mrs jane, duro, nina and stuff?


andrea Says:

these guys look exhausted already….and the first set isn’t even over!


Huh Says:

don’t worry polo, I was worried too. but now I’m sure that if muzza deserves, then only he’ll win this match. otherwise nole will sure win. I mean the better player(on the day) must win always.


mat4 Says:

Huh:

Don’t tempt me…


skeezer Says:

Sorry but right now both of these guys a “chicken winging” there groundies. C’mon guys, put some confidence into it!


Huh Says:

just one day, one freakin important day, today,, for murray!

or else it’s all over IMHO.

murray must in no way lose this, he just can’t goddamn afford to!


Polo Says:

Three strikes and you’re out.


Huh Says:

mat4

how did i tempt you? please tell. :)


the DA Says:

Go Andy!! Whew, what a nerve-jangling TB.


mat4 Says:

@Huh:

I am still here… unfortunately :-(


skeezer Says:

Well, that as painful.


mat4 Says:

Skeez:

Indeed…


John Says:

Great First set by Andy I hope he takes this.

Would make for an awesome trophy presentation.

Not to mention top 4 all with one slam…


mat4 Says:

I am afraid it will finish in straight.


Giles Says:

This match might just exceed the time scale of this year’s AO final! C’mon Andy!!


Tennis Fan Says:

These guys look horrible out there … both afraid to hit the ball. Fed would have chewed these amateurs up and spit them out by now. (Really sad he isn’t there to mop up this final).

Murray’s obviously going to win this match … he’s not playing well … but it isn’t going to take much to beat Djokovic anyway ..


the DA Says:

If anyone is old enough to remember the 2004 match here between Agassi and Federer in similarly windy conditions will know how challenging it was for both to play their A games. You can see how the wind is moving the ball after each stroke – no matter how hard it’s hit.


Huh Says:

mat4

actually it’s in our fate to suffer bein tennis freaks! this muzza’s my most fave after fed. and i like this guy so much that i have failed to root for federer even when he plays in GS finals.

i previously had many heartbreaks too when roddick(my 2nd fave of entire federer generation) lost that 2009 wimby to fed n also uso 06 to fed.

i mean, i love fed, but sometimes i don’t enjoy his wins when they come against a guy like muzz who so badly needs a slam or like against roddick whose wimby remained unfulfilld dream due to fed!

that’s how i am.


the DA Says:

“I am afraid it will finish in straight.”

Let’s hope so :)


mat4 Says:

Huh:

If Novak was my fav AFTER FED, it would be much easier for me.


Huh Says:

”This match might just exceed the time scale of this year’s AO final!”

oh please, i sure hope not! i want a great tennis match just, not a soul draining gladiotorial war in form of tennis match.


mat4 Says:

Now I see that Ferrer would have won the tournament if they had continued to play on saturday.


jimmy Says:

The irony is that the conditions are preventing Murray from being aggressive and his old pusher style is going to win him his first major.


Huh Says:

I BADLY WANT MURRAY TO WIN THIS SLAM.

And that’s the reason i’m supportin him so fiercely.

I’ve otherwise absolutely NOTHING WHATSOEVER against nole.

I seriously mean it:
let muzz win just his 1st slam here, and then you’ll never see me tense or rootin for him this fiercely ever again. let that monkey get off muzz’s back, that’s all i want. after that i’d never be so partisan in matches involvin muzza.


Huh Says:

actually i’m tired of so much emotional involvement in murray matches. let this bloody murray take his one slam just, then i’d not care much even if he never beat nole ever again.


Huh Says:

murray, win this for god’s sake dude! can’t take this tension anymore.


Huh Says:

i sense nole resilience in the 2nd set, even thou i f###### hope not!


andrea Says:

god bless…murray’s game is a snoozefest. he’s the caroline wozniaki of the men’s game.

not sure if novak has any gas left.


Huh Says:

guys, can anybody tell me the score please? and also tell who’s on serve??? i don’t hav live streamin, these comments here’re my only way of followin the match


Ty Says:

Poor Ferrer. But he had his shot yesterday and decided to lose three sets very quickly.


Sienna Says:

Murray is killing him. And he is not just playing to contain the ralleigh.

If you say that and are watching this match then you are clueless about tennis.

He is attacking he is retrieving slicing dicing the whole shabom. And Djoker cant handle him.


Polo Says:

Is he giving Djokovic a chance to get back in the second set?


Ty Says:

Murray 4-1. just sat at changeover. Novak to serve.


mat4 Says:

Huh:

Nole just won the second, third and fourth set.


Ty Says:

Huh:

Murray is pushing and needs a haircut badly. But his pushing is getting the job done because of the conditions. 15-15 4-1 murray, nole serving.

I remember my worst nightmare as a junior tennis player was a good backboard player in the wind. Someone who was content to stand out there all day long and just hit spin the ball back to the middle of the court.


Ty Says:

BP Murray. He called for a haircut break at the last changeover however.


Ty Says:

AD djoker. 1-4


Ty Says:

deuce. Backhand error from nole.


Ty Says:

Big first serve unreturnable. Ad- nole.


Ty Says:

Great point. Then Murray gets defensive with a forehand slice/squash shot. Game Nole. 2-4.


Ty Says:

Big first serve, ‘surf n’ turf’ serve-forehand combo. 15-0


Ty Says:

30-0 djoko forehand unforced error. Landed halfway up the net.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Jimmy that is ironic! and too funny


Ty Says:

40-0 unreturnable first serve out wide.


Huh Says:

”mat4 Says:
Huh:

Nole just won the second, third and fourth set.”

oh please man, don’t give me heart attacks!

BTW THANKS for tellin me the scores Ty!


Ty Says:

Nole just won sets 2,3, & 4.


Ty Says:

5-2 Murray. Love hold. Djoko is a ghost out there.


mat4 Says:

The wind is denying Nole’s main weapons: an aggressive return, an aggressive forehand, an aggressive backhand… He just can’t hit through Murray.


Ty Says:

15-0 Nole. Put Murray on a string, error from Murray


tennisfansince76 Says:

tough tough conditions. it is really hard to play aesthetically pleasing tennis under very windy conditions. (although Fed put on a superlative display of wind tennis against Soderling a few years ago in the qtrs here). i think both players have done well given the wind.


Ty Says:

15-15. Unforced error on approach shot by nole.


jimmy Says:

Djokovic looks like he is more concerned with showing us all he has an excuse than he is with trying to win the match.


Ty Says:

30-15 nole. Ace up the T


Ty Says:

40-15. Djoko big forehand puts Murray on d. error produced.


tennisfansince76 Says:

next game is key


Ty Says:

5-3 Murray. Djoko actually unleashed the forehand that point. Then hit a drop shot that he telegraphed all the way but Murray couldn’t chase down.


Ty Says:

0-15. Unforced error off Murray forehand.


Huh Says:

the last thing i want is for nole to come back at this stage in this second set.

but i don’t trust nole! the guy’s an adrenalin junkie! he can boince back anytime. against nole, it’s not over until you won the set and the championship poin(2011 comes to mind scarin the crap outta me)! :/


tennisfansince76 Says:

uh oh


Ty Says:

0-30 Unforced error off Murray backhand.


Ty Says:

0-40. Djoko hits a slice off the baseline. Murray misses a forehand on the run.


Huh Says:

hell muzza! now don’t giv it back to nole! just serve the 2nd set out!


Ty Says:

15-40 Djoko tries to murder BH return and misses long.


Huh Says:

this was the game and this was the match, muzza jost lost it here! damn!


Ty Says:

Major wind gust ruins point. Break to Nole.
4-5 on serve.


Huh Says:

Ty and mat4 were right in their forecast, nole just won the 2nd set with this game! argh!


jimmy Says:

Murray is giving him hope.


Polo Says:

mat4, are you a psychic?

Murray is not yet ready for prime time.


Ty Says:

Both players are still playing pretty tentatively. I’m spoiled on watching both Roger and Rafa deal with windy conditions as if they are non factors. Factor in the nerves of these two and the likely result is what we’ve seen here.


mat4 Says:

The wind seems to be fading a bit (at least I hope so).


Ty Says:

15-0 net cord from Murray offers Nole an easy forehand put away. Murray digs it out but hits it long.


Ty Says:

30-0 Unforced error from Murray forehand.


Ty Says:

30-15 horrendous drop shot from Nole. Looked tight. He was wishing it in.


Ty Says:

40-15 Unforced error from Murray backhand slice.


Ty Says:

5-5. Forehand battle, approach by Murray. Lob winner by Djoko.


Ty Says:

0-15 great return by Nole. Came in. Error by Murray.


andrea Says:

unreal that novak has tied this up. he looked like a dead man.


Ty Says:

15-15 Murray forehand skids off of Baseline. Djoko misses


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Awful tennis. These two are all nerves, hitting rink-dink shots to centre court and choking anytime they have to move their feet. Murray played in a hurricane against Berdych and looked amazing. This is pure nerves destroying these guys.
Very disappointing.


tennisfansince76 Says:

its not a match until Murray clutches his leg in great pain


Ty Says:

30-15 service winner.


Ty Says:

40-15. Unforced error from Djoko backhand.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Murray not that great on the passing shots today


Ty Says:

40-30. Murray weak forehand slice brings Djoko in. Djoko puts away volley hit right to him.


tennisfansince76 Says:

another TB would be the bomb


Ty Says:

6-5. Return error by Nole. Pretty unaesthetic looking game.


mat4 Says:

If I stop posting, it would mean I got a heart attack.


Huh Says:

whoever commented that muzza can actually kill nole so easily(or was killin nole), obviously knows or understands nothin about tennis. there’s a reason nole’s 5 slams after all.

On a different note, I meant in my previo post, Ty and mat4 were right when they said nole just won the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sets!


Ty Says:

@TV… Yeah. I agree. Not sure why they’re so damn nervous. They’ve both been on the big stages before.


Ty Says:

15-0 drop shot winner by nole


tennisfansince76 Says:

finally a pass


Huh Says:

mat4 Says:
If I stop posting, it would mean I got a heart attack.

That means stop not n keep postin.


Ty Says:

15-15 short approach by nole. Murray FH pass crosscourt


Ty Says:

Neither one of these guys wants to come in, least they give the opponent an actual target rather than indiscriminant hitting back and forth.


Ty Says:

15-30 forehand error by nole. He is hitting his slice very bizarrely.


tennisfansince76 Says:

tough overhead miss. 2 set pts


Huh Says:

”mat4 Says:
If I stop posting, it would mean I got a heart attack.”

That means stop not n keep postin!


Ty Says:

15-40. Blown overhead by Djoko after failing to put away point 3 times.


Ty Says:

30-40 Murray blows slice return..


Ty Says:

Murray pushing.


Ty Says:

Murray two sets to none. 7-6. 7-5


the DA Says:

“Nole just won the second, third and fourth set.”

You were saying? ;)


Ty Says:

Murray going to the back for a haircut break.


Kimmi Says:

Phew! Why muzza likes to do it the hard way! BIG SIGH OF RELIEF !!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Mat4 i hope you are still with us! Murray still needs one more set. its not over by a long shot.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Kimmi he certainly does.


mat4 Says:

Didn’t have a heart attack, but lost my connection. Don’t worry.


Ty Says:

Here’s hoping for a good third set to get this final really started.


the DA Says:

Welcome to the Lendl effect – winning the set after blowing a 4-0 lead. It’s mental strength.


Huh Says:

F### MUZZA!!!

Now just one more set man, just one more!

It’s now or never!

please please please do it!


Ty Says:

0-15.. that second serve from murray had to be about 80 MPH


Ty Says:

0-30. Overcooked forehand by Murray


Ty Says:

15-30. Great retrieving by nole, but Murray gets him with drop volley


Tennisfan Says:

HA Ha Ha …terrible tennis but Murray gonna win … Djokovic lookin even worse … worst Slam Finals in living memory


Ty Says:

15-40. Unforced error from Murray backhand.


the DA Says:

Just hope he keeps his nerve in the 3rd. Never count Nole out. never


Huh Says:

”Welcome to the Lendl effect – winning the set after blowing a 4-0 lead. It’s mental strength.”

hope so man, hope so! lendl effect, DA effect, Huh effect, kimmi effect, margot effect or collin effect, whatever effect works for muzz tonight, let muzz just make it happen!


Tennisfan Says:

Fed would be sick watching the future of Mens tennis


Ty Says:

30-40. Murray hits a ball for the first time in a set and a half. Djoko failed to reply.


Ty Says:

deuce. service winner.


Ty Says:

Ad-murray. service winner. Djoko was stuck to the cement.


the DA Says:

Lendl effect – 2 BPs, one scorching FH and 3 unreturnable serves.


Ty Says:

0-15. Murray looking strong.


Polo Says:

Don’t blame the players, the weather condition is so horrible it prevents both players from playing their best.


Ty Says:

Murray tells fan to sit down, cause it ruins his concentration.


Ty Says:

15-15. Unforced error from Murray forehand.


Ty Says:

30-15. Service winner.


rogerafa Says:

Time for one of those famous Novak comebacks. Novak plays his best when he has a “nothing to lose” approach. He is extremely dangerous then. However, the conditions are not ideal for him and that has kind of gone against him.


Polo Says:

Lendl was a very good player. He was very underrated, especially by the media. I would pick him over Agassi anytime who is think is way overrated.


Ty Says:

30-30. Djoko error while retrieving 10 feet behind baseline.


Ty Says:

40-30. Service winner. Murray yells at someone.


Polo Says:

Maybe Novak wants to be the first player since 1949 to win from 2 sets down.


Ty Says:

1-1. Ace overturned. Cat and mouse at the net. Nole gets it.


jimmy Says:

Worst slam final since Roger lost like a child at the French.


the DA Says:

Wind has died down a bit – could change the complexion of the match.


Huh Says:

”the DA Says:
Just hope he keeps his nerve in the 3rd. Never count Nole out. never”

damn true damn true!

but c’mon muzza, take this set please!!!


Ty Says:

These early games in sets always bored me to tears.


mat4 Says:

It reminds me of the late Ayrton Senna, always winning when it rained.


Ty Says:

15-40. Double fault by Murray. 2 BP nole.


Huh Says:

oh god, why’s muzza doin this yellin n shoutin now???

just concentrate dude murray, CONCENTRATE!


Ty Says:

If Nole wins this set this match could go 5 hours easy. already at 2:45 2-1 in third set.


the DA Says:

Nole has stepped up. Playing better.


Huh Says:

I think muzza losin his concentration! why had he to do the yellin at this point, why, just why! :(


rogerafa Says:

Andy has not been in this situation ever before. If Novak can mount some sustained pressure, this could yet go the distance.


Huh Says:

muzza??? is your kid-like behaviour gonna get you this time??? plesse, stop complaining, stop yelling, CONCENTREATE, CONCENTRATE, JUST CONCENTRATE!!!


Polo Says:

It must be hard to be a Murray fan. Somehow you feel like he may crack at any time.


Huh Says:

The scary thing is novak could make a comeback even against roger! so why not against murray!! he surely can! but murray should at no cost lose the match from here, or he may as well retire! :(


Huh Says:

i think nole takes this set, just a momentary lapse of murray’s concentration, and look what he did! if muzza loses this match, he would’ve only himself to blame :(

please muzz, fight, FIGHT, FIGHT!!!


Ty Says:

15-0 Service winner.
30-0 Great serve. Monster forehand winner; surf n’ turf.
40-0. Service winner, great out-wide serve.
40-15. Good return. Unforced error from Murray backhand.
Game Murray 2-3. Service winner.

Great serving game from Murray.


Huh Says:

Murray just cannot let nole take this set easily, muzz should try his best to put some pressure n try to break back, it’s so vital not to give a message of leniency to a champ like nole, coz that’s all that nole needs to bounce back!


Ty Says:

Not much flow to this one.


Ty Says:

deuce. Nole saved two break points.


Polo Says:

I wonder what will happen to Murray if Novak wins the third set????????????


Huh Says:

oh murray, man, can you win this set please??? whether you can or not, but please, you just cannot lose this match, you just CANNOT!

Keep fightin, keep fightin, KEEP FIGHTIN!

Please break back!


Huh Says:

”Polo Says:
I wonder what will happen to Murray if Novak wins the third set????????????”

same thought here too :(


Polo Says:

This is not a pretty match. The US Open is not a very good major event; big but there are many thing that are not so cool. The scheduling is horrible. That humongous Arthur Ashe stadium was not well designed. It causes the wind in the court to gust and swirl too much.


Brando Says:

THIS MATCH IS ANDY’S- NOVAK IS PLAYING NOWEHERE NEAR HIS BEST.

ALL THAT’S LEFT IS: HAS ANDY GOT THE BOTTLE TO WIN THIS THING?

IN A WEIRD WAY, THE MATCH IS NOT AT PLAY HERE- IT IS ANDY’S CHARACTER THAT’S AT PLAY! IF HE DOESN’T WIN THIS ONE- HE’LL NEVER WIN, AND HE KNOWS IT!

STEP UP ANDY, SHOW THEM YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO WIN A SLAM!


Eric Says:

Ouch, Murray getting a bit unlucky here, perhaps. :( Fourth set on the way…


Ty Says:

I predict Murray going on a walkabout in the 4th set. THen coming back and winning the fifth 6-3 or 6-4.


Polo Says:

I want Murray to win but I feel so hopeless, so unable to do anything to help him. If only I have telekinetic powers.


rogerafa Says:

We seem to have a match now.


Polo Says:

Murray cannot win this on the 5th set.


Tennisfan Says:

No excuses with the wind … the quality of tennis is not high and it is largely a part of the fact that Djovic is only good hitting baseline balls and is terrible approaching the net … while Murray is good at retrieving balls but seems reluctant to go after anything remaining fairly passive. The result is that Djokovic is going to just beat himself… he can’t play in adverse conditions … just ask Ferrer. Baseliners are so boring.


Huh Says:

perfectly said brando, it’s actually the character test of andy! and you’re right that if andy loses here, he’ll never win a slam.

but just hope, mrray doesn’t do the mistake of going on a walkover in the 4th set. i mean, i also don’t know how murray can win the 5th set, should this go the distance. however, i can only hope.


Polo Says:

Djokovic is going to win this thing. Just you watch.


Daniel Says:

Damm it, all my posts through my phone were not showing…

I am trying in computer now. The wind really took the beauty of it all. Murray can not lose this, but if he indeed does it. At least he would have managed 2 sets, next time he will get 3.

Told ya that Djoko hadn’t play a bad match so far and seems to be this final, unless he keeps form i=of set 3 and then we would have a match for the ages, assuming Murray can regroup in time for the fifth.

Will miss from now, on, going to airport:( MAy the best man win.

Funny, I like both players games and feel Murray deserves this title, but all my family, which are Fed fans, exception my mother who loves Fed and Nadal equally (can’t understand that, and does[t know who to cheer when they play, but stay mute for me to not kill her) and me are cheering for Novak!


Polo Says:

Murray was broken in the first game of the fourth set. I don’t think Murray has the mental capacity to win a major. It is showing more and more. Blowing a two set lead is not going to help his cause in future major events.


Huh Says:

”Polo Says:
I want Murray to win but I feel so hopeless, so unable to do anything to help him. If only I have telekinetic powers.”

AGAIN… SAME HERE!


Brando Says:

Congrats to novak fans- for your guys 6th major. He played so so tennis, but a wins a win!

It’s past 12 at night in the UK, and i REFUSE to watch the MENTAL DISINTEGRATION OF ANDY MURRAY- HE HAD THE MATCH, IT’S JUST SAD ABOUT HIS MENTAL STRENGTH!


Huh Says:

polo

just hope something happens and murray comes back.

but still i’d say, WHAT WAS THE F###### NEED OF YELLIN, SCREAMIN N WHININ IN THE BEGINNING OF THE 3RD SET TO LOSE CONCENTRATION???!!!

Just Damn It!


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

It’s not over until it’s over.


Brando Says:

@Huh:

No point watching my friend- we know what is happening.

The lack of andy’s mental strength is showing here.

IF this was fed, rafa or JDMP i guarantee you they would win in straight sets today: why:

BECAUSE NOLE IS PLAYING CRAP! THIS IS HIS CRAPPIEST PERFORMANCE IN THE TOURNY SO FAR!

Yet, andy still cannot take advantage- why?

Because he hasn’t got what it takes upstairs, in between the ears!

It’s sad- but i do not want to see him cry again post match- so i am off.!

PISSED OFF! :-(


Polo Says:

I feel so deflated because Novak’s game is steadily improving while Murray is getting worse. I have lost all hope for a Murray win. Sad.


Ty Says:

Jesus Brando… talk about pulling the plug early. If he’s your favorite guy, how can you give up so soon? You’re the kind of person who must give up a match because of a hangnail.


mat4 Says:

Nole needs another break to consolidate. If he makes it to the fifth, I have good hope he could pull an upset.

But the match is not over yet. Murray is a great champion, and he knows it is now or never. And there is the wind, that helps him. A LOT.

So… Come on, NOLE!!!!! Make it to the fifth!!!!


mat4 Says:

IN ROD WE TRUST!


Alok Says:

Murray has run out of energy, because he used it all up in the first two sets. Who knows, he might still be able to regroup in the 5th, and it could become a dog-fight, with the winner emerging by just a few points won at the right moments.


mat4 Says:

Ooops… my bad…


Ty Says:

Djoker’s GF is just too damn adorable.


mat4 Says:

I can’t watch.


Alok Says:

Hey peeps, no need to useCAPS, we are not blind, but your yelling is unnerving to say the least. The blog looks messy with these caps sticking out.

Isn’t Brando a Rafa fan?


mat4 Says:

@Alok:

You are quite right. But I needed it. Sorry.


mat4 Says:

The wind seems to be back…


Huh Says:

”Brando Says:
@Huh:

No point watching my friend- we know what is happening.

The lack of andy’s mental strength is showing here.”

hmm, that’s the last thing i wanted. unnecessarily stayed awake hopin for muzza win. it’s my fault that am tennis fan n wastin precious time over followin tennis. i don’t care a damn anymore. i’d come back if andy wins, if he doesn’t, then that’ll also be a good thing coz i’ll giv up followin this site as well as tennis!

BYE BYE ALL, It’s 6.30 am already here…


Alok Says:

@mat4, the caps post was meant for someone else who seems to think we are blind and needs to see her posts a mile away.


mat4 Says:

@Ty:

Nole has a good body language.

But Jelena has a much better body… language.


Alok Says:

I still think Murray can regroup in the 5th. I’m sure Djokovic is getting tired, and it will be a battle of the mind over body. Murray usually has mental walkabouts and could be conserving his energy to make a push in the 5th. We’ll see.


mat4 Says:

@Alok:

The fourt is not over.


Alok Says:

@mat4, agree, but I think Novak will win it. The crowd most likely wants to see a 5th set.


mat4 Says:

Nole looks very tired.


mat4 Says:

He has problems to win his serve most of the time, and the wind is there again. Hope that he will hold.


mat4 Says:

Oh mon Dieu!


Eric Says:

Oh Andy, Andy. Mon Dieu indeed.


Ty Says:

Well. A fifth set. Nothing to complain about there. Murray will be crushed if he loses. Nole will be elated if he should pull it out. Despite the outcome, I like Murray to have a very strong 2012-2013 campaign.


Krishna Says:

Wow 5th set..


Alok Says:

This is where Murray’s true mettle will be seen. Can he keep up mentally, or will he succumb to the pressure? I think we’ll see a very competitive 5th set from both guys.


Kimmi Says:

hmmm, i am worried for muzza. please fight!


mat4 Says:

At least Nole has fought like a lion, against all odds.


rogerafa Says:

I kind of expected it but did not expect Andy to make it that easy for Novak after his fight in the first part of the match. Now, Novak will serve first in the final set and that is a big advantage. I hope Andy can fight a lot better in the fifth and make a match of it.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Mat4 yes Nole has shown tremendous fight today.


tennisfansince76 Says:

break for Murray to start the 5th! but this set is far from over


Kimmi Says:

muzzaaaaa! please hold next!


Kimmi Says:

c’mooon muzza hold!!


mat4 Says:

It seems it’s over.


the DA Says:

This has turned into some match! Wow.


Kimmi Says:

Its never over mat4, but i hope murray wins.


jimmy Says:

Novak waited too long to get it going.


the DA Says:

That was ridiculous.


Ty Says:

@Ty: “Murray will go on a walkabout in the fourth and win the fifth 6-3, or 6-4″

hmmm..


mat4 Says:

Stupid Nole. He could have lost in three and go to sleep.


Ty Says:

@mat4

I’m sure glad he didn’t go to sleep. Always good to see a five set final.


Ty Says:

point of the tournament right here.


mat4 Says:

It is definitely over.


Kimmi Says:

Muzza! I cant breath! can he?????

HOLD!! HOLD!!


the DA Says:

omg. If he blows this double-break….


stu Says:

Bravo Andy Murray. Congratulations on a well-deserved maiden Slam!


mat4 Says:

Come one. Nole is barely moving.


the DA Says:

3 more games.


Kimmi Says:

I cant see it over until the fat lady sings. murray can go on a walk about anytime. c’mooooon muzza. please HOLD, now.


Ty Says:

@stu

Jeez you people are quick to write off players.


Kimmi Says:

c’mon! nole is going for broke now!


Tennis Fan Says:

J Mac says this is phenomenal tennis … he’s as full of BS as when he was playing the circuit …the poorest played Slam Final I can recall … and I’ve seen some bad one.

Murray to prevail over a pathetic Djokovic.


Alok Says:

I think Murray will hold onto at least one break and win this et and the title, but you never know with djokovic, he’s got more lives than a cat. This set, as I stated, will be very competitive, and so far it absolutely is a thriller. Both guys are playing with their hearts on the line.


stu Says:

Lol. He is 2 breaks up in the fifth set and his opponent has nothing left in the tank! I’m a Nole fan, and if he wins from here I will be beyond ecstatic, but I’m being realistic!


Kimmi Says:

Ty – stu and mat4 are nole fans. they are giving up on nole but I can never do that, he has come back numerous times. on big occasions.


van orten Says:

just turning on the tv . what a match!!!


Ty Says:

as i type 15-40 two break points


Krishna Says:

up one break now..


Ty Says:

cheer up Stu


Ty Says:

Murray’s going off again.


Kimmi Says:

one break back. hmmm, murray making errors now.


van orten Says:

nole is only over when nole is over


Ty Says:

sneaky serve and volley


mat4 Says:

Nole, hold please!


Ty Says:

Getting good. Djoko is going to make him earn it.


Kimmi Says:

good rally by murray. c’mon


stu Says:

Amazing how Muzz is staying calm and holding on. He’s come a LONG way


Kimmi Says:

tough hold. murray hitting too close to the net..no clearance.


Kimmi Says:

wow! good serving. one more


Eric Says:

Andy Murray… awesome.


the DA Says:

Jeez, you couldn’t serve like that last game?


Kimmi Says:

that is how you serve to win your first GS. more like that please


Kimmi Says:

djokovic looks like he cant move..but he was like that with rafa still pull it off. murray please play your game


Kimmi Says:

going for broke!


Eric Says:

It’s all Andy, baby!


Ty Says:

Ok. Now you can start to worry.


Kimmi Says:

one more…muzzzzzaaaaaaaaa!


the DA Says:

andy to serve for the match!


Nadal Says:

Now time to choke few serves……


Ty Says:

AHHHH Djoko pulled a rafa!!!!!!


Tennis Fan Says:

Djokovic looks a whole lot older than Federer hobbling about the court …


the DA Says:

no, no, not a MTO!


noogie Says:

Can’t Djoko buy himself other parents. They are just classles.


Huh Says:

can’t take this anymore!


Ty Says:

WEak SAUCE DJOKO!


marrisv Says:

Andy Murray! Come on so close….


stu Says:

uh oh. not good, Nole…


Kimmi Says:

djokovic legs are dead..but he can probably come with the return winners that saw federer lose his lead.

can murray serve it out..this will probably be the toughest serve he has ever done.

trainer!


rogerafa Says:

That is unfair to Novak. He seemed to have a genuine problem.


Huh Says:

what???? MTO??????


Tennis Fan Says:

It would be typical now if Djokovic just quits the match .. sort of in line with his career to date … Come on Djokovic call the doctor then call the match … then no one will beat you … ha ha


Nadal Says:

Djoko didn’t pull Rafa….

When I take MTO I am not even hurt…..I take it for other reasons..


Nadal Says:

Djoko didn’t pull Rafa….

He is taking MTO when he is seemingly hurt…..


Krishna Says:

lol wow..


jimmy Says:

Federer only blows two set leads …


Kimmi Says:

it will be amazing if this MTO changes the match..


Huh Says:

whats happening kimm??? please tell!!!


noogie Says:

And so are the whole Serbia and Rafatards


Kimberly Says:

What an amazing special moment we are about to witness


van orten Says:

hahaha what a call by murray


Eric Says:

HAHAHA WHAT A CHALLENGE


Kimmi Says:

what a challenge!!..his last one and he got it.


Huh Says:

MTO, but why??

he could’ve stood for just one more f###### game! was that so difficult??? damn!


marrisv Says:

2 points to go


Kimmi Says:

drama drama…c’mon muzza. one more


van orten Says:

it is good that murray wins this.,.congrats…this is a great day in tennis too…everything is so even at the top ..amazing


Huh Says:

is muzz servin??? tell me somebody! can’t you see m askin??


mat4 Says:

I have left without a stream. But I see there is no need to search for a new one.

Congrats to all true Andy fans!

Wait… nah…


Kimmi Says:

ok..breaath!! c’mon murray


stu Says:

Can I say it now?

Bravo Andy Murray. Congratulations on a well-deserved maiden Slam!


rogerafa Says:

YAY Andy!


marrisv Says:

Yes… Andy you did it


Eric Says:

HAHAHAHAHA YESS


Kimmi Says:

WOW!! djokovic was trying to go a big winner…

CONGRATS MURRAY!


the DA Says:

omg I’m in tears….Andy!!


marrisv Says:

What an awesome performance and what a way to do in 5

Congratulations to Andy and fans and commisserations to Novak fans. He fought hard but Andy took this match


Eric Says:

What a way for Djokovic to lose, too — trying to get another ridiculously lucky MP return winner.


Brando Says:

EX FRIGGIN STATIC!

HAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RIP FRED PERRY!

ARISE- SIR ANDREW MURRAY!!!!!!!

I QUESTIONED YOU EARLIER- AND YOU PROVED ME WRONG! GOOD- LOVE BEING WRONG!

BUT I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO SAY YOU WOULD WIN TODAY:-)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))


autoFilter Says:

Hallelujah!!!


the DA Says:

They’re playing chariots of fire – how appropriate.


Tennis Fan Says:

I called this match from square 1 … I don’t think Djokovic will ever win another slam … and I won’t be missin’ it either.

Congrats to Murray … even if it wasn’t a very good round of tennis … how many errors?? probably a record for final my guess..


Brando Says:

@HUH:

CYBER HUG BUDDY- BOTH OF US CAN SEE A JOYOUS SIGHT! :-)


Kimmi Says:

ohhh i cant wait for presentation, I am crying for murray.

CONGRATS TO ALL MURRAY FANS. Your guy did u proud at last. HE DID IT!!


Kimberly Says:

mary carillo!!!!


Kimmi Says:

I think nole is very happy for this loss. :)


skeezer Says:

To margot;

Congrats!!!!
Murray had the toughest draw and today with a Slam proves he belongs. The future looks bright and He looks stronger better in every way. No more talk about lady forehand!!!


noogie Says:

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! Lendl will become Sir and there are talks of him becoming the next 007


tennisfansince76 Says:

congrats to Murray and Djoko. given the conditions i think they both played well.


van orten Says:

is murray in for the mix at number one at end of the year?


Huh Says:

HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FRED PERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANDY MURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kimmi Says:

No tears from andy in the presentation???? oh well, i was expecting a lot of tears. But i guess he is cried enough. No more tears for andy.

Andy Murray a GS champion.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Murray got the monkey off his back. good for him. it was all BS anyway. its not like he was a favorite in any of his previous players.


Huh Says:

”Brando Says:
@HUH:

CYBER HUG BUDDY- BOTH OF US CAN SEE A JOYOUS SIGHT! :-)”

DEFINITELY DEAR BRANDO, HUGS HUGS HUGS!!!!!!!! :D


tennisfansince76 Says:

previous matches


bstevens Says:

Congrats to Andy Murray


Huh Says:

KNIGHTHOOD FOR IVAN LENDL!!! B-) B-) B-)

KNIGHTHOOD FOR IVAN LENDL!!! B-) B-) B-)

KNIGHTHOOD FOR IVAN LENDL!!! B-) B-) B-)


Brando Says:

Tthis shows that andy is the MOST CLASSIEST OF THE TOP 4- he won, and did you see him jump around, cry, thump his chest? NO!

the guy almost SEEMED EMBARRASSED BY THE ATTENTION of a win!

The kid is a genuine class act- from a truly humble background!

Hope he and his family enjoy this to the fullest!

P.S: The pressure’s off him now- ANYTHING ELSE is a bonus, quite literally!

Fed, rafa and nole- BE WORRIED!


Huh Says:

ANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU’RE DA BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! B-) :D


tennisfansince76 Says:

Murray vs Djoko is grueling tennis. hard on on the body. same as Djoker Rafa. when Fed is playing any of these players he pulls the trigger and shortens the pts saving evrybody some mileage on the legs.


senthil Says:

Djoker peaked too early in Del potro match.


mat4 Says:

The wind and the schedule decided the match. Nole was very lucky last year, but very unlucky this year.

But in this tournament he showed that he is still improving, and in this match he fought bravely against adversity, and faith, like a tragic Greek hero.

I have no doubt that he will win many more slams, much more than Murray, anyway.


racquet Says:

Andy Murray, GS champion. It has a nice ring to it. Commiserations to Nole fans. He’ll be back. It looked like they both couldn’t walk afterwards.


Huh Says:

BRANDO

LOVELY POST!!! :)

@September 10th, 2012 at 9:18 pm


Brando Says:

@Huh:

:=)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

It’s 2.13 in the morning in the UK, just enough time to start drinking in andy’s honour and call in sick for work in the morning! :-))

Cheers folks- it was a good one!


mat4 Says:

TF76:

To pull the triger, you need a rifle. He’s born with a godlike forehand.


Huh Says:

c’mon ladies, stop cryin, wil ya ;)


jane Says:

I just want to say a HUGE congrats to Andy Murray for his first slam win!! To his tried and true fans here – especially Margot, racquet and Colin – how awesome!!! Enjoy this win, and “party like it’s 1999!”

I’m happy for Andy; he’s always been who I root for after Nole. Both such great players.

I can’t help being sad for Nole; he’s my fave so my heart naturally pulls for him during a match. But good that he came back into the match and awesome that he got to 3 slam finals this year.
I had to follow scores at work, but will watch it later. Found a stream for the end, but couldn’t get sound!

Anyhow, kudos to Muzz. He broke his own hoodoo, but that long wait since Fred somebody or other. ;)

No more slams until next year. But what about that big four in 2012? 1 each!


autoFilter Says:

I love how after EVERYTHING it took to finally win Novak seemed more excited for his $500K bonus than Andy did to accept the trophy. No, I’m sure he’s pretty much in shock at this point.

CONGRATULATIONS ANDY!!!


Brando Says:

@NOLE FANS:

Cheer up- the nice ones especially jane, wog boy, nina etc.

A GS loss usually hurts for a day, but i am sure you will all get over it pretty quickly once you realise your guy will win ALOT MORE SLAMS and that this is andy’s first- a nice guy to see winning! :-)


tennisfansince76 Says:

it seems like a lot of times when a player digs out of a deep hole like Djoko did in this match he has a letdown when he pulls even.


the DA Says:

@mat4 – typically graceless comment. Unsurprising coming from you. Enjoy your month in the mouse hole.


Huh Says:

brando

even thou am not from great britain, I’m also gonna PARTY!!!!!!!! :-))))))


Maso Says:

Congratulations Murray!!! This is an absolutely fantastic moment for tennis. The top 4 have each won one slam and Andy finally gets his due. I’m disappointed for Novak but it was so much more important for tennis that Andy win this one. I’m a huge Federer fan but I’ve rarely been this happy seeing someone win a slam final. This is simply amazing.

Congratulations to Murray, Lendl, his team and of course his fans!! Enjoy it while knowing that there is still probably so much more to come. With this first slam victory and the confidence that goes with it, I can see Murray taking the #1 next year or in the two years to come. Simply amazing, can’t wait for the end of the season!! The end of year Masters is going to be more significant than ever.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@mat4 touche that one had me chuckling.


skeezer Says:

Nole got 500k, not a bad day at the office ;). He’ll het more Slams.


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to Mr. Lady Forehand. He tried to choke but then overcame the choke. Good job!


racquet Says:

Thanks Jane. I know your heart is only half bleeding. You’ll always be the most gracious Nole fan. Class.

BTW, Andy Murray becomes the first man to complete the Olympic-US Open double. What a summer.


tennisfansince76 Says:

this result also keeps the contest for year end #1 quite interesting. Fed and Djoko both are still in the hunt. not sure if Murray is? anybody know?


jamie Says:

jamie Says:
Murray wins.

__________________

Acaba de empezar la final, (16:10 New York)

Murray de blanco, Luna canceriana en su propia casa y en trigono a la PF.

Como vengo diciendo, para mi se lleva el titulo el escocés.
__________________

September 10th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

____________________
____________________

The Argie guy(FranzuaDubal) was right this time.

Finally Murray is a slam champion.

More slams to come in the future.


skeezer Says:

Wait that’s in top of his runner up $, correct?


jane Says:

racquet, super happy for you. Cheers.


mat4 Says:

Brando,

don’t mix class with British middle class behaviour. Remember also how Nole acted when he won the AO 2011 against Murray.


Ike Says:

Congrats Andy! We always believed that you will win a Grand-slam! In-fact many Grand-slams!


Michael Says:

Congratulations to Andy and his fans !!! Your man has finally won quite deservingly. What is heartening is that Andy kept his nerves in this brutal five hour match against one of the best known fighter in Tennis history namely Novak. This is the moment for Andy and he grabbed it as he should. He was lucky in a sense that he did not meet Roger in the semi-finals whom he was never able to beat in a major. Also, the withdrawal of Nadal helped Andy’s cause greatly. But still he has to beat the best players to win the title.


Huh Says:

Now to all the HARDCORE FAITHFUL MURRAY FANS

MRS. MARGOT N COLIN: CHEERS AND CONGRATS!!! :D

And to all the fortunate GBish Murray Fans

Brando, alison, MAXI!, Kimmi and others: CHEERS!!! :D

And whoever else i mised out, cheers too for murray! :)

And ERIC & the DA, special congrats to you too! :)

ENJOY!!!

ALLEZ MUZZA!!! :D


Ike Says:

Here is the analysis I did on July 2, 2011 (why Murray will win Grand-slams):
Say whatever you (and probably over 90% of the tennis fans, including me) want to say about Murray and his “mentality”, but I still believe he will eventually snap out of this, he will win grandslams.
Only good player that comes close to this Murray’s “dubious” record of not winning grandslam is David Nalbandian.
I think Nalbandian will go down in the history of (at least Open era) tennis as the “best player never to win a grandslam”.
If you analyze Nalbandian’s career, it seems like he didn’t commit 110% to tennis.
I think Murray’s commitment to tennis is bigger than Nalbandian’s.
Maybe my analysis is wrong.
Btw, I still root for Nalbandian, if you had asked me in 2003-04 if Nalbandian will win a grandslam, I would have said definitively he will.
I would have used the same argument that I am making right now for Murray, that if you consistently keep making into the quarters / semi / finals of grandslams, you will win a grandslam.
You could say, see Nalbandian didn’t win a grandslam, Murray too won’t. But, I believe Murray will win grandslams.
You can see that I am not saying, Murray will win a grandslam, but I am saying, he will win grandslams!
If Goran Ivanisevic can fight his mental demons and win a Wimbledon, why can’t Murray?
Watch out for Andy (& Roger) this USO. I have a feeling that Rafa or Nole is not going to win this year’s USO, (even though I like Nole and Rafa more than Andy & Roger)

Murray will win grandslams, because

- There is no real weakness in his basic shots (FH, Serve, BH).
- He plays well on hard courts, (and as everyone knows) two out of four GS are held on hard courts
- He has already played in three finals on hard court grandslams
- He is 25, thus definitely he has 4-5 solid years ahead of him
- He has the will / desire / hunger to win a GS, and he works hard for it
- If Roger can win FO, Rafa can win USO, then (logically) there is no way Murray can’t win a GS!


Michael Says:

As regards Novak, frankly I am upset at his loss. What is of concern is that he is losing more finals now and already he has lost three major finals and many other Master series finals. That for sure should be brutalizing for him. However, he can well come back. Nothing is impossible for this man with a mission.


Ike Says:

Ike Says:

I swear to god, when Andy wins that first grandslam I will post the link to this blog anywhere it’s possible to!

July 2nd, 2011 at 11:10 am


Huh Says:

And racquet, THREE CHEERS FOR YOU TOO ON ANDY MURRAY VICTORY!!! :D


chrisJ Says:

Congrats to Murray, he was due for the first slam. Tough loss for Nole, and for his fans (me included). One thing I can take from this season from Novak is that he lost to none other than the eventual champion in all the big tournaments in the year, so that shows he’s still in great form…

French Open: Nadal
Wimbledon: Federer
Olympics: Murray
US Open: Murray

It’s been a long year for Novak, but he will take from this a lot of lessons and experience for the future.

AJDE NOLE!


Ike Says:

Huh! Don’t forget me, I haven’t been here in a while, but I have always a believer in Andy :)


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

‘don’t mix class with British middle class behaviour. Remember also how Nole acted when he won the AO 2011 against Murray.’

To be very honest- I DO NOT. That’s the truth- but i do not doubt nole’s class at all. He’s a very classy guy!

BUT i do remember your comment post rafa’s wimby loss- which was classy. So as a parting shot, i shall quote you the same as a goodbye wish after tonight’s result:

REVENGE IS SWEET! VERY SWEET! :-))))))))))))


Huh Says:

Ike:

it was telepathy, I was just gonna post you n you posted me to say to you, haha!

HEARTY CONGRATS AND CHEERS FOR OUR MUZZA!!! :D


harry Says:

Congratulations to Margot and other Muzza fans. I feel very happy for Andy.

mat4, WogBoy and other Nole fans — commiserations. Novak fought from a 2-set deficit as only he can. He will surely win many more grand slams.


Ike Says:

Huh! I been waiting for this day for long long time! Since September 2008! Congrats to all the Murray believers!


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Glad you’re here.

@Michael:

About those finals: Novak had his fair share of luck last year. But he plays well, he works hard and improves, and things can turn around swiftly.

I am disappointed, of course: losing stinks. But overall, Nole has a great year, he is leading at the race, and there is plenty to play still.


Ike Says:

Huh, I hope things are going great with you China :)


Tennis Fan Says:

Glad to see Djokovic go down … not my kind of player … not very fit either … and not very good in the wind … and not very good on fast clay … and not very good at the net. Not worthy of a #1 in my game.

Congratulations Andy … maybe the beginning of many more … at least after Fed finally retires.


Huh Says:

well, mrs. margot, IT’S CLEARLY YOUR DAY TODAY N YOUR MOMENT! but also mine a little bit ;) :D

I’ve scripted a poem for you about murray win which i gonna post! :)

i’ve been waitin to do this for 3 yars now, glad my wait ended! :D

you come and i will post it here… :)

CHHERS CHEERS CHEERS! :D


Ike Says:

in China :)


Huh Says:

Ike

everything not too fine here, but not too bad either, much like muzza, haha! ;)


Ike Says:

So, Great Britain needed a Scotsman to win a GS for them, where is the real Briton? lol


mat4 Says:

“Brando Says:

@Mat4:

REVENGE IS SWEET! VERY SWEET!”

Touché!


Ike Says:

Huh, (if you don’t mind) just out of curiosity where are you located? Beijing area / Shanghai area?


Ike Says:

I don’t see anyone from Great Britain posting any comment here! I guess they are busy partying!!! :)


Huh Says:

now thankfully i can stop rootin for muzza with such a tribesmen mentality at slams when he faces the top-3! ;)

And I’ve been one of those who has always denied to include murray as top-4 thou he was clearly top-4 material, but no more denying anymore that there is actually a top-4 in men’s tennis! :)


Ike Says:

Ifs and buts don’t matter, but still I wonder if the wind was below 10 mph (16 kph)???


Brando Says:

@Mat4:

LOL, time is a healer. trust me- after all the losses nole inflicted on rafa last year, i would know.

Give it a day, and you’ll be over it.

This isn’t a soothing or a consoling remark but a genuine one based on belief: i truly think your guy will win more than his fair share of slams going forward, and sooner rather than later too!

So cheer up! :-)


Huh Says:

Ike

i’m originally from manchuria.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Ike it is 3:30 in the morniing there. i think they went to bed


Huh Says:

it’ll be fun to sit back n enjoy brando n mat4 fightin with each other!

and me! am a roger federer fan, so unrivalled! ;) nobody dares challenge a fed fan ;)


Ike Says:

Some interesting stats guys:
Winning percentage:
63.29% Rafa vs other big three
46.58% Roger vs other big three
44.74% Nole vs other big three
42.00% Andy Murray vs other big three


Huh Says:

ike

i’ve also been waitin since that 2008 uso semi! trusted him then! :)


Ike Says:

@ tennisfansince76
its historical day! wake up people!!!


Ike Says:

Huh, 2008 uso semi? He made it to finals that year :)


courtside Says:

Nadal and Federer being out helped Murray as did the short rest Novak had. I am not surprised he lost his legs in the fifth. Murray won’t be so lucky next time


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Ike. ha ha yes set off air raid sirens ala WWII wake the hell up and quaff a pint of Guinness to celebrate


mat4 Says:

@Brando:

I already have, don’t worry. And this loss is a miss opportunity, but it is not that worrying: it was a five setter.

But still, losing stinks.

@TF76:

http://live-tennis.eu/race


courtside Says:

Djoker got 800 grand plus the 500. Not too shabby. I think he has started a new foundation so that will be nice seed money.


Brando Says:

@MARGOT & COLIN:

Final post before i go (drink is ready, thirst cannot wait- it’s been 76 long years folks):

BIG CONGRATS (HUGS TOO) TO MARGOT AND COLIN- THE REAL MURRAY FANS & TROOPERS!

As a brit it was pretty easy to support muzza, and enjoy his success, once my fav (rafa) got injured. It’s been a real joy, and even on occasions the BEST THRILL i have experienced in rooting for and watching a tennis player!

HOWEVER, these are the good times- so it was easy to do so. You guys supported andy through the hard, difficult time when he had to deal with alot of heartache and setbacks.

Alot of people (unfortunately myself included) lost faith in his ability to win a slam. Gave up on him even.

BUT you guys DID NOT- you still believed in him when others did not!

SO WELL DONE FOLKS- YOUR FAITH IN ANDY HAS BEEN REWARDED! I hope you enjoy this win in which ever manner you desire- as you deserve it! :-))))))))))


Ike Says:

Ok, for those who don’t know, I am a Nole fan :) This is probably the first (and last) time I was rooting for Nole’s opponent :(
I told my colleague this morning that this will be 5 set – 5 hr match, I was about 99% accurate :)
I called it 50-50 match, but gave the edge to Murray, if the Wind was a factor :)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

BUT I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO SAY YOU WOULD WIN TODAY:-)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Brando, looks like you missed my post on September 10th, 2012 at 5:14 am.

:)


Ike Says:

tennisfansince76
well said :)


Ike Says:

Brando
Enjoy the drink! :)
Darn it, I can’t drink on Mondays :(


Ike Says:

Nirmal Kumar
Good pre-match analysis! Thanks for believing in Andy :)


Polo Says:

Congratulations to Andy and his fans. Extremely happy for Andy. He is now a certified member of the top four. Each of them has won a major this year. Andy even has an Olympic gold to seal the deal.


Ike Says:

Australian Open 2013 – Champion – Tsonga / Berdych / Delpo ? anyone lol!


Ike Says:

I still wish Murray had own Wimbledon :)


marrisv Says:

For me, Murray has been the player of the year with a slam and Olympics and a Wimby final.


Michael Says:

Mat4,

Yeah. I agree. Novak is a tenacious fighter and I know well that he will bounce back. He still has chance to end the year as World No.1 because Roger has more to lose from now on. Last year, Roger won both the Parrys Masters as well as the World Tour Finals, I do not know whether he will be able to repeat that feat. That is the reason a win at the US Open would have given Roger the cushion that he needs to cement his place as No.1 which he could not achieve. So, Novak has all the chances and ofcourse now with the rise of Andy, Tennis has become much more interesting.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

You said 50:50 and I said 65:35. You are relatively near.


Sienna Says:

So I thought Huh was actually trying to make sence with commentating on the final.
Only found out by rereading that he got through the match by livescore from this thread.?
Funny.

I forgive your lack of inderstanding the balance in this match.
Andy was the dominator and should have won firstset well within 2 hours.
Djoker got back on level terms in set 1 twice where murray should have pulled away . he did in the second only their we found out he was choking .
Thathe did manage to win is great but it wasonly because of his choking that thismatch went the distance.

In further engaging when a match is played please try to watch some actual tennis you look like a schoolgirl ho usesparental admission on the internet.

Have a good schoolweek and keep it real.


Giles Says:

Well done Murray. FINALLY! You shan’t get my support when playing against Rafa but today I was 100% with you. As for Novak he is not invincible after all. Did he take an MTO? Didn’t watch the whole match.


Margot Says:

@ Ike
gr8 shout :) *Waves*
@Brando
Thanx :) Some lovely fans on here. Too excited to name you all. :)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael,

Actualy I rewatched my tape of Andy’s semi after the 50:50 prediction. I changed it later and said Andy is going to win (September 10th, 2012 at 5:14 am.)

Ofcourse it’s irrelevant since these are just the assumptions.


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

I didn’t see that posting of yours. Nevertheless, you have predicted it right. Congrats !!


Huh Says:

Ike

GEM OF A POST N ABSOLUTELY BRILLANT @September 10th, 2012 at 9:31 pm.


Huh Says:

Sienna:

weren’t you sayin fed will do this and fed will do that, lol

and you always say rafa not great but serena greatest, lol ;)

so FORGIVE YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING FIRST, hahaha!


Giles Says:

Some of you posters saying “he will bounce back” (referring to Nole). Bounce back from what exactly? He lost the final of the USO. So what? Is he expected to win everything? There are other good players just in case you hadn’t noticed. You all sound as if he is in some sort of slump! This is sport, you win some and you lose some.


Huh Says:

giles is right!

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