Andy Murray Is Undefeated As A Married Man, And He Leads The ATP In Clay Titles In 2015!
by Tom Gainey | May 11th, 2015, 10:10 am
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What a turnaround for Andy Murray. Since getting married a month ago, Murray has not only gone undefeated (9-0) but he now leads the ATP in clay titles for 2015 with two!

Murray, who had never even made a clay final before his wedding day, has reached two this past week winning both in Munich and then yesterday in an emphatic win over Rafael Nadal in Madrid.

“I don’t know,” Murray said about marriage adding a spark to his game. “I think people don’t always appreciate that sports people have, there is another part of our lives that is very important as well to performance. If you’re happy away from the court and you’re sort of your private and personal life is good, that will help everything.
Helps your mindset; helps the way that you train; everything.

“So that is obviously for me is very good right now. That obviously helps performance, but also you still need to put in the hard work as well, which I did in Barcelona and Munich before here. I’ve been rewarded for that.”

Murray now heads to Rome trying to stay perfect.

“Obviously to win a Masters Series on clay for me is a step in the right direction,” Murray said. “It’s something I had never done before. So that’s good progress there. Yeah, obviously to win against Rafa on clay in a final in Spain is extremely difficult thing to do, and I’m proud that I’ve managed to do that.”


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20 Comments for Andy Murray Is Undefeated As A Married Man, And He Leads The ATP In Clay Titles In 2015!

jane Says:

“marriage works” – it seems to have, indeed.


brando Says:

To be honest: I felt Andy got lucky in Madrid. Faced an injured raonic and had superior clay courters dishing out a sub par performance in kei and rafa. He’s honest and smart enough to know that they are a clear level above on clay and neither was at their finest in their meetings. However: ALL players need luck to win. And Andy absolutely and totally warranted it after his recent misfortunes this year and post operation. I’m glad for him as he totally deserved some good fortune. As rafa said post match in the best manner: I’m happy for him since he’s a great guy.


Margot Says:

Oh here we go Andy got “lucky” again is such a familiar and boring narrative..
As has been pointed out on another site, Andy would have to beat Laver, Borg, Becker, Sampras, Connors, Mac, Fed, Rafa and Nole before it would be grudgingly acknowledged he “deserved” the win. And even there would be an * somewhere because one of them was “tired.”
Jeeeezuz wept.


Markus Says:

Ok, bring them on right now: Laver, Borg, Becker, Sampras, Connors and McEnroe. Murray can beat them all. Rafa he just beat. Federer, he can handle him, too. Any other ghosts of tennis past that anybody wants to pit against Andy?


RZ Says:

Murray’s fitness has really paid off considering his crazy Munich schedule and then his 1am start/3am finish this week.


Margot Says:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2015/05/18/Madrid-Final-Brain-Game-Nadal-Murray.aspx

And here’s a very interesting analysis of how Andy did it.
Gr8 scouting Amelie!


RZ Says:

Thanks Margot! My favorite line from that article: “Murray was emotionally stable throughout.” LOL


Ben Pronin Says:

I think that Djokovic has the best 2 handed backhand the game has ever seen. But man is Murray’s awesome when he’s playing the way he did in the final. It’s just an incredible shot. He still doesn’t have the biggest forehand but I’ll save the negativity for another day.

I don’t think Murray got lucky. Or maybe I didn’t see enough of the matches. But I saw the final and Murray moved really well. That’s step one in becoming a good clay court player. But more important he stayed true to his game plan. There were plenty of moments throughout the match where Murray could have easily crumbled and started doing some Murray-type nonsense, but he remained calm and focused and stuck to the game plan.

Besides Murray fans, a lot of people seem so surprised by this result. What is so surprising? Murray plays similarly enough to Djokovic to be able to execute a similar game plan to defeat Nadal. This was bound to happen at some point. Nadal’s insane dominance on clay has given a false perception that better players never ever lose to lesser players. This just isn’t true. And Murray isn’t exactly a lesser player.


chris ford1 Says:

Coming soon at Rome, Paris, or London…..
Djokovic vs. Murray at some point.
The Battle of the Newlyweds.

Xisca – “Eeez shame, Rafa, you keep losing to guys that just tied the knot..What can you do, no?, to change such bad luck???”


Wog Boy Says:

“Xisca – “Eeez shame, Rafa, you keep losing to guys that just tied the knot..What can you do, no?, to change such bad luck???”

She should ask uncle Toni for his hand, not Rafa, no?


chris ford1 Says:

Ahhh, Wog Boy, those rumors!!
Put it this way…there is a small minority, but a small minority that follow off court tennis closely for the top players…some even bookie scouts…that would be shocked if Rafa marries Xisca.
Ever!
I am not in that minority.
I hope the two native Mallorcans who seem bonded to that place – grow happy and old together.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

Noo, you got it wrong, I can see why, I’ll put it this way:

“She should ask uncle Toni for his (Rafa’s) hand, not Rafa, no?”


chris ford1 Says:

You know the scurrilous rumors believed by a minority. That Rafa is gay and Uncle Toni shopped around the Nadal-Perrera circle of close contacts on Mallorca and found Rafa his image-enhancing beard.
So if Rafa got married, those critics would say after being unbelievably shocked….that Uncle Toni determined it was time for Rafa to marry the beard, and ordered him to do so.


Margot Says:

http://www.redbulletin.com/za/en/sports/andy-murray-i-have-opened-my-mind-0

One of the best interviews I’ve read. Andy talks about Amelie and their brilliant coaching partnership.
I really, really hope they find a way for it to continue after the baby’s born.


RZ Says:

Thanks Margot! That is a good article, and I like that it includes Andy’s direct words about his decision to hire Amelie and how it’s working. Three key quotes:

“Having worked with Amelie for months, I can really see the benefits in my game.”
“I just looked at the positives Amelie could bring and I couldn’t see any negatives at all.”
“I feel like a lot of people thought it was destined to fail at the end of last year when I lost to Roger. Everyone was saying ‘Oh Amelie’s confused him, he has no identity on the court, he doesn’t know what he’s doing.’ Two months later, I was playing like a completely different player. I’ve already shown it can work.”


jane Says:

yes, thanks margot; it shows that a good coach, male or female, must not only teach well, but must also listen well. reading that it sure sounds like andy reads a lot of the press out there. either that or someone informs him, like those close to him. i’ve always wondered how much press “famous” people, or people in the public eye, read. it’d be hard to avoid media coverage in this day and age though!


Margot Says:

@jane
Andy also tweets a lot, get’s a “feel” about opinion there?


jane Says:

yeah that’s true about twitter.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Whether it’s Amelie or Lendl or whoever, lot of credit should go to Murray himself. This guy has shown remarkable resilence and overcome physical ailments to work very hard to reach where he is now. It would be nice if he could get a slam sooner to round off all the hardwork he has been putting in.

True sign of a champion.


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