Andy Murray: I Was Lucky I Won In Two Sets
by Tom Gainey | November 21st, 2016, 5:22 pm
  • 35 Comments

What weekend for Andy Murray. On Saturday he won the longest 3-set match of the season beating Milos Raonic 57, 76(5), 76(9) in a 3 hours, 38 minutes.

Murray had little time to recover with the final the next day. And with many writing him off against the fit and rested Novak Djokovic, Murray surprised those critics winning rather easily and not showing any signs of fatigue from the day before. But he admitted afterward his body wasn’t struggling.

“I felt tired. I slept well last night, but I didn’t feel great this morning,” Murray said Sunday. “The practice, the warmup for the match, I was hitting the ball fine, but just a bit sluggish, a bit heavy-legged.

“Thankfully the first sort of seven games of the match, there was no long rallies really at all, which for us is strange. Novak came out and served great his first couple service games. I got a lot of free points off my first serve, as well.

“It wasn’t really until the middle of the second set when the rallies started to get extended and longer that my legs were starting to feel it. That’s why it became harder, as well, to close the match out, because I knew that the longer the match went, the worse I was going to feel, and probably the better he was going to play, too.

“I was lucky I got it finished in two sets.”

Murray led 41 with two breaks but Djokovic got a break back and with momentum in the balance and maybe fatigue playing a role, things got interesting.

Serving at 54, Murray never faced a break point but Djokovic was a few times two points from 5-all. He couldn’t level and Murray won his first ATP Finals title and the No. 1 ranking.

“When I got broken at 4-1, Novak definitely started to hit the ball a bit bigger,” Murray said. “He was getting closer to the baseline. I was starting to back off a little bit. That last game was obviously, you know, a tough one. Thankfully he made a few mistakes.”


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35 Comments for Andy Murray: I Was Lucky I Won In Two Sets

RZ Says:

This tournament has to be Murray’s most impressive win.
- Earned the year-end #1 ranking
- Not only survived the group of death but won all 3 round robin matches, dropping only one set
- Defeated the #5, #4, #3, and #2 players on the way to the title
- Won his 24th match in a row
- Won the two longest best-of-three set matches on record in ATP Finals history and the longest match of the year (his semi against Raonic)
- Won his first tournament as the #1 ranked player


Kimberly Says:

agree, very impressive.

Shows you how fast things can change in tennis. If you told me at the mid point of the year that Djokovic would not finish the year number one I would have laughed at you.


AndyMira Says:

@RZ sis..Other than impressive stats you provide up there,i’m thinking Andy made a BIG BIG statement not only to himself but to the world who regarded him as the mental midget,a choker,a meltdown player and what’s more impressive..he defeated a 3 grand slam holder and one of them is The GOAT candidate,in a venue that he’s never been to the final before..It shows where his mental atm..


Margot Says:

Excellent post RZ๐Ÿ˜
Yes please darling Andy Mira it’s delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ when Andy shuts his critics up by being his brilliant gutsy determined self๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ˜Ž


AndyMira Says:

M…I’m still have trouble to digest that Andy won WTF and retained his No 1!!!I still can’t believe it M..Really!!Oh My God!!It’s still feel so surreal..Oh!I think it’s true that i am in Twilight Zone!!


J-Kath Says:

And would you look at this: Andy does something new and so does Margot – a load of emotifs – and – wait for it……………..ALL IN COLOUR…Andy’s got a lot to live up to.


skeezer Says:

@RZ
๐Ÿ‘
Truth.


Margot Says:

Only coz its from my phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ I’m not at home ๐Ÿ 
๐Ÿ™‹ pl


Margot Says:

PS Kath- all these people trying to scramble aboard the Murray battle bus ๐ŸšŒ perhaps we should start charging ๐Ÿ˜ˆ


Giles Says:

So you see luck does play a part! Lol


skeezer Says:

All aboard! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿš‚


J-Kath Says:

Margot: First to climb aboard is Skeezer. Well done. Now we’ve got our driver. Or is he the ticket collector?


Willow Says:

I Always was on board, nothing new for me, personally i always got sick of hearing the old cliche of rooting for a certain player, because you have some sort of ulterior motive, like theres some sort of written criteria ….


Willow Says:

Waves also to Kimberly up there, nice to see you, miss your posts girl ;-)) ….


J-Kath Says:

Willow:

Yes, you were aboard – my daft chat to M refers to new fans – before we just needed a large taxi now we need a couple of old double-deckers. PS:


J-Kath Says:

Willow – PS was…..You can hand out the olives and any branches you can find.


RZ Says:

My seat is reserved in the first class cabin, right?


skeezer Says:

@J-Kath
I love collecting Tickets, that’ll be me.


J-Kath Says:

RZ – You deserve it wee lassie.

Skeezer – You are in danger of being one of my most popular recruits. Whatever you want, lad.


Margot Says:

RZ: it’s a double decker bus so you can have front seat on top deck, excellent views, until there’s a Murray match when I’m afraid you must squeeze under the seat, sorry but needs must.
By the same token Markus better be the driver, on the grounds of if he’s driving he can’t be watching any matches, his eyes will be on the road.
Skeeze: a very important job, keep a keen watch for any counterfeit ticketers, you know who they are…
Kath: maintenance please, of morale of course.
Me: friendly guide, pointing out all Andy’s magical repertoire of shots and his wonderful ROS.
I suppose…if the DA shows up, we could let him blow the whistle to show we’re OFF on the magical, roller coaster.
Hold on tight, everyone, it’s gonna be a thrilling ride!


Willow Says:

Margot me and Okie too ;-)) ….


Margot Says:

Willow where would you and Okiegal like to sit? I’ll book you in.


Willow Says:

Anywhere Margot, we can even go on the roof rack, dont really care, we will squeeze in somewhere, it will be a fun and bumpy ride, and i cant wait, so excited about it ;-)) ….


J-Kath Says:

Margot: I think we should go into business together…and here’s where I need the emotifs…


J-Kath Says:

PS: Mira/Farah

You too will have a special place on one of the two double deckers. Please contact the Admin Director (clue: name starts with M.) for details and make sure you have the special ticket to show to Skeezer.


AndyMira Says:

JK[Big Boss]…You guys forgot about me[the person who's responsible for bring magic to Andy] and now i’m sulking..and i’m thinking to switch my 2nd class status to John Isner or Tomic bandwagon…


Margot Says:

Andy Mira, noooooo, don’t ever go there! Kevin Spacey has been in touch and wants a seat on the bus so if I put you next to him, at the front behind Willow and OK is that OK? Ticket coming over now by way of my now famous carrier pigeon, Clarissa.


AndyMira Says:

M…Welllllllllll….i…..oh oookayyyy…but with one condition…not next to Kevin Spacey..old hero..how about Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez?Me and Sir Andy are the biggest fan of Arsenal after all..Make sure Clarissa arrive before Arsenal vs PSG tonight[for luck thingy!]..otherwise,hello hello Johnny!He he he..


Willow Says:

AndyMira im sure Andy is a Manchester UTD fan not Arsenal ! ….


Margot Says:

Pretty sure Andy’s favourite team is Hibernian. He did once say he’d have liked to play for Arsenal tho.


Giles Says:

Thought his favourite team is Fulham!


AndyMira Says:

@Willow…Oh!Are you sure sis?Coz i have a picture of Andy wears an Arsenal jersey and jamie wears a Man U jersey..To be exact,an ‘Alexis Sanchez’ jersey..Check this out…

http://www.101greatgoals.com/news/social/alexis-sanchez-invites-andy-murray-to-watch-an-arsenal-game-with-him-after-seeing-an-old-xmas-picture/

@M…Hope,that link answered your question…Ahemm,ahemm!!


J-Kath Says:

Andy Mira:

I charge per violation of copyright – so watch out you are still stealing my Ahem, Ahem.


AndyMira Says:

JK…Oh!Thousand apologies Madam..How unthoughtful of me…Promised..not to be repeated..ever again!


J-Kath Says:

AM: Think I believe you? No way.

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