Andy Murray: “I Thought I Did A Good Job Tonight. I Think I Did All The Things I Needed To Do”
by Tom Gainey | January 25th, 2013, 9:45 am
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The development of Andy Murray continued Friday night in Melbourne as the world watched the Scot finally beat rival Roger Federer in a Grand Slam match for a first time. And what a way to do it in a 4-hour, 5-set thriller that put him into his third straight Grand Slam final.

Murray, who had won just one of 10 sets in three previous Grand Slam matches against Federer, played some of his best tennis of his career in beating the 4-time Australian Open champion 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.

He now leads Federer by 11-9 in this series.

Murray how now reached six Grand Slam finals and his third in Australia. He’ll now have 48 hours of recovery before taking on the well-rested 2-time defending champion Novak Djokovic who’s beaten him the last two years. If he wins he’ll become the first player in the Open Era to win his first two Slam back-to-back.

Highlights:

Here’s what Murray said afterward to the press:

Q. How pleased were you to get off to a good start in the fifth?
ANDY MURRAY: Obviously I was happy. It was a tough match. A lot of ups and downs. So it was good to come back after the way I lost the fourth set.

Q. What did you say to each other at the changeover after losing the tiebreak?
ANDY MURRAY: Didn’t say much after the second set. I made a I mean, it wasn’t a terrible volley, but I could have hit a better volley at 5 All in the second set tiebreak, so I was disappointed with that.
But I was playing well.
After the fourth set, you know, he went and took a toilet break and I had a bit more time to sort of think. You know, I’d put myself in a winning position and just had to think to myself what I’d done to get in that position and make sure I did it at the beginning of the fifth set.

Q. Did you draw on the US Open final in particular?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I wasn’t thinking about that. I was just trying to look forward. Yeah, I mean, that match wasn’t in my mind tonight.

Q. Do you think you’ve ever served as well over such a prolonged period as that before?
ANDY MURRAY: I don’t know. I don’t know. I mean, it’s a tough one to judge. I did serve well tonight, that’s for sure.
But, you know, whether I’ve served better or not, I don’t know.

Q. Five sets in four hours. Do you feel that wasn’t a reflection of the way you dominated the match?
ANDY MURRAY: I wouldn’t say I dominated the match; didn’t necessarily feel that way.
I obviously had more breaks of serve and stuff by the end. Because of that I assume I probably would have won significantly more points. I don’t know, though, exactly.
But, yeah, I thought I did a good job tonight. I think I did all the things I needed to do. I did them well. Even, like I say, after the second and fourth sets, which were tough to lose, because, you know, I wasn’t comfortable, but I was in, you know, good positions in both sets.
To lose them was tough. I was just happy with the way I responded after both those sets.

Q. How satisfying is it to have beaten him in a slam for the first time?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, it’s satisfying obviously. You know, I’ve obviously lost some tough matches against him in slams. So to win one, especially the way that it went tonight, yeah, was obviously nice.
You know, I’m sure both of us will play each other again in slams, so it will help having won once against him.

Q. He said that he always felt he was chasing. Did it feel that way to you, that you were kind of always ahead?
ANDY MURRAY: I think that’s the way the score went. That’s kind of how it was. I won the first set, and, you know, second set, you know, yeah, I was always up in the score for a majority of the match.
Really at no stage was I behind in the score, so that’s probably why it felt that way. But he obviously hung in extremely well, you know, to force it into a fifth set.
After the way the match had been going, it was great the way he turned around because he played some big points when he was behind. It’s what he always does.

Q. How surprised were you by what he shouted when you were at the net at 6 5 in the fourth? You had a funny look on your face at that point.
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I wasn’t that surprised. I mean, stuff like that happens daily in tennis matches. You know, in sport, the stuff that some people say on football pitches and in basketball and all sorts of sports. I mean, it was very, very mild in comparison to what happens in other sports. It’s just one of those things.

Q. Did it rattle you at all?
ANDY MURRAY: No. I think it didn’t rattle me. I think he raised his game, you know, and that’s what happens. Sometimes guys need to get, you know, emotion into the match.
He definitely raised his level and played in that game I think he hit two balls onto the line and was extremely aggressive after that.

Q. Can you repeat what he said?
ANDY MURRAY: It’s not relevant what he said. You know, it doesn’t really matter. It’s something that happens, like I say, all the time on tennis courts, in sport, all the time.
Especially when it’s a one on one sort of individual combat. It’s not relevant. There’s no hard feelings.

Q. Was it a word that we might struggle to get in our newspapers?
ANDY MURRAY: It’s not relevant what was said, you know. I’m sure Roger won’t talk about it and I have no interest in discussing it either, because, like I say, it happens all the time.
People will want to make a big deal of it and it isn’t really a big deal.

Q. Your reaction seems to be very low key. You’re keeping your calm. Is that because you still got one big step to go?
ANDY MURRAY: Uhm, no, I don’t think it’s just ’cause of that. It’s a long, long match. It’s a very late finish. I’m tired. I don’t want to be wasting any energy, because I’ll need all of it if I want to win against Novak on Sunday.

Q. Between the fourth and fifth sets, do you know you’re playing better? Were you sure that if you keep it at that level you could close it out?
ANDY MURRAY: To be honest, I was just trying to think what I’d done to get to that point, and I was just trying to focus on doing it at the beginning of the fifth set.
You know, you never know what’s going to happen. The only thing you can do is play the right way, go for your shots when the opportunity’s there, and hope that it pays off.
But, yeah, I mean, at any stage he can increase his level and your level can dip, especially in a four hour match. You just need to try and be focused for as much of the match as possible.
The beginning of the fifth set was the part of the match that I was most pleased with.

Q. This will be your first Grand Slam final as a Grand Slam champion. Is that going to make it easier or…
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I have no idea. I’ll see obviously how I feel when I get on the court.
I would hope so. The task isn’t any easier. I’m obviously playing Novak again on this court. I mean, this has been his best court for sure. So I’m aware of how tough it will be to win the match and what have you.
But, you know, hopefully there’s moments in the US Open final where, you know, I could have closed out sets a bit quicker. I think the tiebreak was a good example of how nerves can work in those sort of matches.
It was not the prettiest tennis, so hopefully I’ll play a little bit better.

Q. While not thinking of the US Open and the Olympics specifically, do you think they’ve made you mentally sort of more stronger, battle hardened?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I said a few weeks ago, I mean, those matches, I mean, have helped obviously mentally. I think going through a lot of the losses that I’ve had will have helped me, as well.
Yeah, I’ve been questioned for large parts of my career about physically would I be strong enough, mentally would it be strong enough, do I listen to my coaches, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, whatever it is, can I handle pressure.
I think those years of having all of those questions and then finally to be able to answer them I think, yeah, it was all part of the process. So I hope on Sunday I can play a good match. Obviously having won against Novak before in a slam final will help mentally.

Q. This court is said to be slightly slower and higher bouncing than the US Open one. If so, is it going to make it any easier for him to play against you?
ANDY MURRAY: Judging by our match that we played here last year and the one we played in New York, I don’t think there was a huge amount of difference. I think the balls are slower here. Also, because you’re playing in the evening, that will slow it down.
But I actually think the court here this year is playing fairly fast. You can get a lot of free points off your serve if you serve well like I did this evening. I mean, the courts aren’t that dissimilar, it’s just the time of day you play and the balls are a bit different.

Q. I know you’re a massive fan of a lot of different sports. Would you enjoy tennis more if tennis had a little bit more of that rough edge to it publicly instead of sort of reserved gentility?
ANDY MURRAY: No. I know you guys would. But, yeah, I mean, I think tennis is doing just fine the way it is.

Q. You said you were feeling tired now. Are you confident you’ll be fully recovered for Sunday, especially given the fact that you’d had five straight sets wins before tonight?
ANDY MURRAY: You never know how you’re going to feel the next day. It’s obviously late just now. Yeah, I’m sure I’ll be tired tomorrow and stiff and sore, so I need to make sure I sleep as long as possible tonight, do all of the recovery stuff.
I’ll hit very little tomorrow, I would have thought.
Yeah, just try your best to be in the best possible condition for Sunday. You know, realistically you’re probably not going to feel perfect because of how the match went tonight, but it’s not to say you can’t recover well enough to play your best tennis.

Q. Are you doing anything special for Robbie Burns day?
ANDY MURRAY: Will I be doing anything special? No, no.

Q. Does the ball still come off his racquet as well as it did when you first played him?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I don’t see major, major changes in his game. You know, he still hits the ball obviously extremely clean. He has his racquet strung very loose so the ball comes off his racquet with a lot of spin and it comes off his racquet quick.
You know, when he slices the ball stays very low. He’s still serving very, very well. I think the serve’s normally the first thing that goes, you know, with guys when they’re getting towards the ends of their career. I think he’s still serving pretty well.

Q. When did you start refueling with bananas?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, I’ve always kind of had to eat them just because of what they have in them. It’s good for you in long matches.
Just still not a fan.

Q. A year ago when you played Novak, have you got closer to him? Do you think he’s also improved shots and whatever?
ANDY MURRAY: I think so much of it comes down to how you play on the day, to be honest. You know, I think I started to play better tennis and played my optimum level more in the big matches over the last year or so, which hadn’t always been the case.
So I think that’s kind of what’s changed for me. I mean, two years ago he didn’t lose a match for the first six months. It’s tough to know whether you can actually improve from that.
But he’s still playing well, he’s No. 1 in the world. He was in the US Open final, French Open final, Wimbledon semis, and he’s in the final here. So he’s playing extremely well.


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44 Comments for Andy Murray: “I Thought I Did A Good Job Tonight. I Think I Did All The Things I Needed To Do”

Humble Rafa Says:

I can sleep well tonight. Mission Accomplished.


skeezer Says:

Andy did do all the things right. His previous weak FH and service game have been fortified well. Lendl gets some of tyecredit here. And Murrays movement in the backcourt was empeccable….


Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One needs to work on focus..getting broken right after winning a set…..well, it’s been going on for 10 years.


Alok Says:

Lacking focus is a byproduct of fatigue, but has only ben happening for about 3 years. he’s still playing though which is better than doing nothing.


the DA Says:

@ skeezer – “Lendl gets some of tyecredit here”

Agreed. Lendl deserves a bigger pay-czech.


skeezer Says:

^lol…yes. Lendl has really plugged up Andys technical flaws. Imo has still a ways to go in the mental area, but hes is still the youngest of the 4, it should come(ex; those 2 TBs with Fed ).


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic is younger than Murray.


skeezer Says:

Sorry,missed by that much(.7 days ). He is younger in “years on the tour”, which kinda matters


andrea Says:

sounds like a great match. congrats to murray. too bad for fed. as we all predicted, tough one to call. a shout out to li na: take azarenka down!


Humble Rafa Says:

a shout out to li na: take azarenka down!

In the future, please don’t use Ms. Gruntie and “shout” in the same sentence. Our gruntometer is maxed out.

Thanks for your consideration.


Margot Says:

Good for Andy :)
Leave it on court and if Fed got frustrated by the sheer brilliance of my man…;)
So what?


trufan Says:

This was as much a match that Fed lost as it was Murray’s win. Look at the unforced errors by Fed – his footwork was pathetic in the 5th set – not a surprise given his age and back to back 5 setters.

Murray still doesn’t have the game that Djoke has – never will. Djoke is headed for a calendar year slam!!


thark Says:

Press really pushing for drama – it’s as if they’re more interested in baiting players to criticize one another than they are in the natural drama of the match. I’m impressed with Muzza for telling them to dismiss what was said to him in the heat of the moment. He’s maturing noticeably – hard to know if the winning comes from the maturation or if maturation comes with perspective one gains by finally winning. Nice to see either way.


Steve 27 Says:

Djoke is headed for a calendar year slam!

No, he is less likely to win Wimbledon again than Nadal, Murray and even Federer. And on clay, Nadal is a superior player like Djokovic is a superior player on hardcourt.

Djokovic is a beast on hardcourt
The second on clay(far away than Nadal) and vulnerable on grass.


Brando Says:

Andy doesn’t have the game nole has? As if Andy cares. He knows he has enough game to beat nole, and novak knows he has more than enough to beat him! LOL, if it was all about game then Fed would still be no.1, berdych would be a slam winner and ferrer would be nowhere near the top 5!


Thangs Says:

Whatever the word Fed says, he will be awarded again the Sportmanship award this year…thats how the biased media and so called elite guys choose..pathetic…


Steve 27 Says:

Hahahaha, Thangs. Tre right word is “Statuo quo”


rogerafa Says:

@ trufan

“Murray still doesn’t have the game that Djoke has – never will.”

That is a very debatable point. I think Andy can potentially be better than Novak. Potential being the key word here. How much of that potential is reached will depend on his will-power and work ethic. It is clear, as was again evident in today’s match, that he still has lapses of concentration and that leads to inconsistency. He really should have put away today’s Roger much earlier in those conditions. However, Andy’s first serve is better than Novak’s and if Andy can consistently have a 60% or thereabouts first serve percentage, I do not see many players hurting him much anywhere else. Of course that is easier said than done and Andy may not be able to replicate Novak’s consistency but Andy has a much more versatile game. I think he will be the only genuine threat to Novak going forward(Rafa may or may not be as big a threat except on clay) even though the 2013 AO seems kind of destined to go the Serb’s way. I hope Andy recovers sufficiently to at least make it competitive.


Humble Rafa Says:

Please pray that I win Roland Garros and/or Wimbledon. Otherwise, the GOATness will be reduced by a Calendar Slam.

One more reason to love your humble highness.


jane Says:

I think Rafa is going to come back and surprise everyone. It’s just a hunch. I feel like he and Toni must have been working on things and reinventing. Like I say, it’s only a speculation, but it’s just what I tend to think. People are implying it’ll take him a long time to get back to a high level but I am not so sure. Remember 2009 when he also took time out for injury – skipped Wimbledon? What did he do in 2010? He won three slams and completed the calendar slam. So I just will never rule him out, even though he’s missing MIA since July.


rogerafa Says:

” The Arrogant One needs to work on focus.”
The “Arrogant one” is bound to be less focused after all that he has achieved in his career. You can not realistically expect him to be as fiercely focused now as he used to be in his peak years. Even you, the master of focus, seem to have trouble focusing back after your mental burnout.


grendel Says:

Frew Macmillan, in a discussion with Simon Reed (in the middle of the recent match)on why the crowd apparently felt today’s match was the true final – Frew felt this was because Federer/Murray was the match the crowd wanted to see on account of their variety. He said:”Djokovic paints one canvas and does it absolutely brilliantly where as these chaps (Federer and Murray) can go from classical to abstract”. Pretty well put, I thought, considering this was a spontaneous, off the cuff remark.

b.t.w. Murray’s second serve still seems to be a problem. Lendl hasn’t been able to work any wizardry there. Federer punished it from time to time – how much more so will Djokovic? Also, it was my impression that Murray later in the match took some pace off his first just because of this problem. But his first serve is a great weapon, and it will need to be firing on all cylinders if he is to beat Djokovic. There’s going to be a bit of doubt in Murray’s mind, I daresay, about quite what to do about this serving conundrum.


grendel Says:

MMT

In response to your post about the Azarenka m.t.o. on another thread, Virginia Wade and Jamie Murray discussed it with Rusedski following the Fed/Murray semi. Virginia Wade opined that the crowd would be against Azarenka (for tomorrow’s final) and added “I don’t think I am alone in saying that nobody appreciated it”. Rusedski was smiling broadly – but forebore to comment. What a chicken, eh? Jamie Murray looked uncomfortable, but chose his words with some care. “I think it was pretty dirty to be honest, I don’t think it was particularly great sportsmanship, I think most people would agree with that.” And whilst agreeing that it might have been within the rules, he added “it was a pretty low blow, to be honest”. He thought the rules needed looking at.


Wog boy Says:

grendel,

Crowd would be with Chinese girl with or without Azarenka’s MTO. That was never the question. There is few reasons for that and MTO has nothing to do with that. 80% of the crowd will be against Azarenka or for Li Na, depend which way you prefer to look at it.
BTW, I will be in those 20% ;)


Dan Martin Says:

http;//tennisabides.com I have a poll up and a prediction for the women’s final – I think Murray started the tournament as the only player in the draw with a 40% chance on paper of beating Nole on this surface/venue. I’d say at present Murray has at least a 45% chance of victory and if he wins he’s unofficially #1.


Dan Martin Says:

http;//tennisabides.com corrected URL – sorry about that


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com – gee typing problems sorry again


Lou_tennisfan Says:

People who say Murray won’t have the legs – Here is a reminder:but Last year Djokovic played Murray in the 5 sets in SF and defeated Nadal in 5 sets in the final.

The players have come to this stage where physicality is no more an issue and it has never been that evident. What’s even more surprising is that Murray has been better at returning serve and firing aces than Djokovic throughout this tournament.

There might be an upset on the table. If you don’t believe, you can look at the stats yourself:
Australian Open Final: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray- What does the stats indicate? http://tinyurl.com/axzk26j


Huh Says:

hmm, first of all a brilliant, humble n intelligent press by muzza! thankfuly he didnt entertain the stupid controversial ques. of media vultures on the fed swearin thing. glad he didnt mak or even think of it as a big deal.

2ndly, nole’s by no means that great as for people to dismiss murray in comparison. actually, if muzza serves well, it’s tough even for federer to beat him, what to speak of others!

3rdly, this match fed wasnt at his best but mentally muzza was just unstoppable! muzz just doesnt wana lose these days! murray always had the best game after fed n he’s the second most talented after fed. nobody other than fed can play shots so effortlessly as muzza, most of nole’s shots are brutish, even when he’s at his optimum level, while when muzza’s playin at his optimum level, his shots u dont even recognise by the time he’s already hit one for a winner! so nole better beware of tactical mistakes.

4thly, i dont care what others say, but if muzza serves well, like he has in all of his great victories(be it in 2008 USO or in today’s match vs fed), then he’s almost untouchable for the larger n more critical stretches of match! not even nole, who’s the best returner, can find it easy when muzza is serving well.

5thly, nole does everything very very well, each n every shot*his returns being peerless n the absolute best), n much more consistently, he’s mr. efficient! but muzza, while not as consistent, when does, does it absolutely GREAT! muzza can do amazing serving, hit that classic BH n court coverage is the most outstanding n he’s also the softest of hands in playin dropshots n volleys. mentally nole’s at his best ever, but muzza’s also no mental midget anymore.

6thly, muzza doesnt wanna lose this AO 13 at all, it seems to me. he’ll give perhaps a more determined fight than nole this time too! thus, thou nole starts fave of most peopl, as he’s done it many times, muzza wants to get it done this time imo, n he’ll do it imho.

lets see what happens.


grendel Says:

Wog boy

Well, the point you are making – that Li Na just is more popular than Azarenka – may be true, but this doesn’t impinge upon Virginia Wade’s point: that Azarenka did herself no favours so far as the crowd is concerned by conducting herself so unsportingly. In short, if she is anyway unpopular, she will now be even more unpopular.I agree absolutely with Wade and Jamie Murray.

b.t.w. if Azarenka is anyway rather unpopular, I don’t share this point of view. She gives the impression of not caring what the crowd think of her – her screaming and so on (a particularly insidious sort of screaming incidentally, grating on the ear like long fingernails drawn lingeringly across a blackboard).

I find this kind of singleminded fuck you attitude quite refreshing in a way – she is certainly no sycophant. But she treads a slippery edge, and this kind of boldness of spirit can easily degenerate into an adolescent sort of self centredness. And I believe it did the other day, at the expense of her opponent, Sloane Stephens.


Huh Says:

apart from likin li na as my country women n a player, i dont like azarenka’s attitude(nevr liked actualy). so go li na!


grendel Says:

Huh, Li Na is a very engaging person – effortlessly funny without trying to be, unlike some of these painfully unfunny comedians. There was an English comedian called Tommy Cooper, who used to make people laugh quite unintentionally. he simply had to walk into a room. He never understood it, and was puzzled and sometimes hurt and even annoyed when people laughed at something he said which he had intended to be taken literally. I’m not saying Li Na’s like that, but she is just a bit.

I think her tennis, when it’s on, is astounding in a very undemonstrative sort of way. She hits so cleanly. There is something uncomplicated and appealing about her tennis.


Wog boy Says:

grendel,

We all care one way or another what the others are thinking about us. Once you realise that that is not going to change anything you just don’t care anymore. I will tell you from last night, during the match channel 7 did ask viewers who they are going for and result was rather disastrous for Andy, 77% were going for Federer and only 23% for Andy and this is AngloSaxon country. So why bother, play your best and beat the crap out of opponent since you will not beat them in popularity competition but you can beat them on field where it matters. I learned that with Novak, Azarenka should do the same thing and she is doing and I like her attitude, I was never mainstream person. Lendl was least liked person but he won 8GS, and now everybody is talking about him anyway. If you are patient, recognition will come sooner or later like everything else in life.


al Says:

Q. Was it a word that we might struggle to get in our newspapers?
——————————-
LOL, got to hand it to the interviewer to keep on digging for whatever controversial.

No, no struggling required, it’s just a word that rhymes with ‘duck’.


Huh Says:

grendel

when its u describin somethin, i can only listen with joy. you got class! fantastic description of li na! :)


Huh Says:

lol @al! ;)


Margot Says:

@ grendel
Frew said that! Wow, am gobsmacked he mentioned Andy in the same breath as Roger…..
good to see you back too.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Quite amazing how these guys play and give interviews with such level head just at the age of 25. A classy interview.


MMT Says:

grendel: I thought Patrick McEnroe was very straightforward, and the only thing I would disagree with is his insistence that it’s not the player’s problem – I think it is. Rules can be followed, bent and broken, and officials should deal with it as they see fit, but at the end of the day, the only stewards of fair play, sportsmanship and honor in the game are the players. Azarenka should be ashamed of herself for the way she finished that match, but I have a feeling she couldn’t care less what anyone thinks.

But fans have the right to voice their displeasure, and from what I’ve observed, Australians tennis fans don’t like it when players display bad sportsmanship. When Berdych refused to shake Almagro’s hand last year they really let him have it, and the same goes for Azarenka. In fact, I think fans not only have a right to express their displeasure, but if players are behaving badly, and they want to keep the sport of tennis an exercise in sportsmanship and fair play, they have an obligation to express their displeasure.

Silence is nothing more than tacit approval – and nothing will change the sport (for the worse, in my opinion) faster than excusing bad sportsmanship under any circumstances.


grendel Says:

Wog boy

It’s all a bit out of date now, with Azarenka holding on to her title. But it is an important point you raise. It sounds, almost, as if anything goes. Are you sure?

I mean, you can be a rebel, you can not care about courting popularity (that’s good in my book), you can be ruthlessly singleminded – but anything? You can cheat? That’s what Azarenka stands accused of. That’s what Jamie Murray meant. And Virginia Wade too. For even if Azarenka doesn’t care that the crowd disapproved of her actions (and therefore need’t take the crowd’s reactions into account), Wade’s point, rather obliquely made, was that Azarenka did something wrong and the crowd would try to punish her for it. Even if you don’t care a damn how the crowd reacts, you might worry about the business of right and wrong.

It’s quite a difficult one, I admit. How far can you push the boundaries before they collapse into no-no territory? That must be a matter of judgement, I suppose. I think Azarenka cheated. I daresay you think differently.


MMT Says:

grendel: “Even if you don’t care a damn how the crowd reacts, you might worry about the business of right and wrong.”

AMEN


grendel Says:

MMT – I think you have put the matter very well. In particular,”the only stewards of fair play, sportsmanship and honor in the game are the players”. I would just add that it cannot be easy in the hothouse atmosphere of professional tennis. Someone like Azarenka lives and breathes tennis. She has got where she has not just on talent – I’d guess there are a lot of players who have as much native ability as she does – but on an absolutely singleminded commitment to the successful pursuit of her goals.

The rewards are just about as insidious as they can be – huge sums of money and, even more potent, massive public attention. Azarenka may not care about what people think of the way she goes about achieving success – but she does want to be noticed, just as much as anyone else does. Fame is a very powerful drug.

The temptations, therefore, must be pretty difficult to resist, in particular for such a driven young woman as Azarenka. People like us will never be subject to such temptations, so we can’t perhaps quite grasp them. But I do agree it is up to us, the spectators, to signal that something wrong has been done. If enough people do that, people like Azarenka might think twice in future. Sometimes, sportsmanship has to be learned, eh?


Huh Says:

these players live on the ticket buyin fans’ money and they must take all the heat if they themselves cheat, as simpl as that. cheaters should be severely chastised by the fans. n it was azarenka’s fault what she did n she deserves what she gave, in return n with interest! nothin against any poster, only against azarenka attitude. otherwise her game is very good to watch.


MMT Says:

grendel – I think you’re being very kind to Azarenka – hats off to you. I know I’m being very categorical. I know it’s hard than I’m making it out to seem.

But everyone in their lives has the opportunity to do what’s right no matter what or take the easy way out. For Azarenka it’s taking an injury time out when she has no injury. For a salesman it’s taking credit for someone else’s sale so they can afford their kid’s private school. Azarenka may not even be that different from your average person in that case.

But I’m guessing you’ve not made a habit of doing the wrong thing because it was easier, and dare I say, a lot of tennis players probably don’t either. But enough are doing it these days that I think anyone who doesn’t like where things are headed has to voice their opinion if something is to be done about it.

I think on that matter we agreed.

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