Looks like Murray's really proving a lot of his early critics wrong now. Let's see if he can beat Djokovic...
Hope so, I only saw bits of the match but he looked really strong. Should be a great final now.
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Go Andy Go. After the US open you know you can beat him on a big occasion!
Djokovic is still favourite -- his semi-final dismantling of Ferrer was frightening.
Strangely, I didn't feel so nervous watching Murray today, despite him playing arguably the GOAT and a player he'd never beaten in a Grand Slam tournament.
Hopefully the final will be epic. Murray - Djokovic matches usually are. It'll have to go some way to top last year's Aussie Open Djokovic - Murray semi-final clash, and further still to better the extraordinary six hour Djokovic - Nadal final (perhaps the two most brutal matches I've ever seen).
I love Federer and have had the privilege of watching him live, but I think his aspiration of competing at the Rio Olympic Games is unrealistic. Federer is an artist, but he's losing his edge against super-fit competition at the very top of the game.
. Federer is an artist, but he's losing his edge against super-fit competition at the very top of the game.
A bit like Woods and McIlroy in the world of Golf.
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Agree 100%. Do you ever read the comments on the bbc sport website for a tennis story? It's like a particularly vicious cable thread! Disturbing and sometimes bizarrely compelling.
Same feelings as you re today's match. I've rarely been disappointed with AM, throughout his career he's achieved about what he ought to have done for his current abilities. As of now, he's better than RF, certainly on outdoor hard courts. I thought he'd win in 4 and frankly he ought to have done it 3, should have won the first tiebreak and obviously when he served for the fourth. But he dealt with the fifth and served throughout like a champion. But for one lapse, he didn't look like being broken.
Tough game on Wednesday. I see ND as a strong favourite (from what I've read rather than seen of his play, the speed of the court and having watched the US open final last week). I'd be surprised if it went 5 sets and wouldn't be surprised if AM lost in 3 tight sets. I think ND has bigger weapons than RF and can end a point quicker. Still, I'd love a long match and am obviously rooting for AM
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Did he have any real critics?
My only real criticism was the way he came across when interviewed. He always struck me as a moody so-and-so.
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It may be that in the early days, it was assumed he would never quite fulfil his potential, and win Majors. His rather sullen tennis persona didn't help matters.
Well done Andy..... hope you go on to now win it.
He might be so dour because he's always been written off as a no-hoper for many many years ?
Tim wasn't exactly a bundle of joy either if memory serves ? Nor the fella who does the side commentary these days John Lloyd before him ?
Probably all the pressure that they got and that Andy does now.
A Scotsman..... in Finals...... of tennis.....in a major.... amazing ! and he won one already who was it against yep the same player he's playing next... Novak Djokovic. He's got a decent chance and at worst will be second.
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Just wish he'd smile a bit more. It wouldn't hurt him, and it costs nowt.
Have to confess my view changed after the Womble final.
Wish him good luck in Oz against the cockey Djokovic.
I don't care how he looks nor sounds tbh............ just hope he wins is all :)
If not.... second for a Scot's tennis player ??????? In a Major Final.... for tennis ... Fantastic !
Do you ever read the comments on the bbc sport website for a tennis story? It's like a particularly vicious cable thread! Disturbing and sometimes bizarrely compelling.
I rarely bother any more. Most of the time discussion centres on fervent nationalism rather than debates about tennis. I had a glance at the BBC's website yesterday, but stopped after reading a post suggesting Murray should have done the Scottish equivalent of a black power salute when collecting Olympic gold.
In response to posts about Murray being a dour Scot, I have no problem with his personality. I recall the flood of complaints about Murray not looking happy after winning the US. Murray is quite shy and simply not that comfortable on camera. To suggest he didn't care and wasn't pleased seemed bizarre to me. Besides, the term personality encompasses a huge range of traits. If grit, determination, and absolute commitment are aspects of one's personality, Murray has them in abundance.
There have been times recently when Murry's emotions have broken through, and a glimpse of the "real" Murry was nice to see.
Congrats to Azarenka on retaining her title I don't usually watch a lot of women's tennis due to the power v recovery mismatch and number of unforced errors, but what I watched of today was good quality stuff, lots of genuine winners and very competitive
It's the grunting (screaming) that I find off-putting.....but the standard is very high. I think they would comfortably beat the men from 30 - 35 years ago. Actually Borg (in his hay day) vs S. Williams would be intriguing!
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