Introducing the all-new Andy Murray
Rewind 12 months and Britain’s number one Andy Murray was getting battered 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4 by Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-finals. Now fast forward to the present day and he is the one dishing out a right royal thrashing, taking down world number six Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
So what’s happened? The Murray bashers will point to the absence of Nadal, Murray’s nemesis in the last two years at the All-England Club, as the reason behind the Scot reaching his first ever Wimbledon final.
Murray makes his fourth Grand Slam final
True, the absence of the former champion made Muzza’s path a whole lot easier, but his presence in the final isn’t purely a result of the lack of Nadal’s presence.
Here’s why Murray is a whole different player from last year.
- Focus- having Ivan Lendl in his corner has been huge. He’s always had the talent to succeed, but he just lacked the focus and the belief in the big games. Lendl is famously ruthless and seems to have instilled belief in Murray this year.
- Emotional control- Similar to the above, but with one crucial difference. The lack of focus affected Murray’s game by making him hit daft shots. However, his fist pumps to the crowd, his anguished cries of ‘Come on Andy’ would often give a huge boost to his opponents. Now that’s been cut out, his rivals are looking a lot less assured.
- Serve- Murray has been working on his serve for a while and now it is a huge weapon. The speed and placement he got in the quarter-final fourth set blew David Ferrer off the court and he now has another strong string to an already impressive bow.
- Preparation- Now this is a strange one. Last year he had, one would have thought, an excellent preparation for Wimbledon by taking the title at Queen’s. This year, he lost his opening match, as well as all his invitational warm-up games. This seems to have given him some steel and determination to prove the doubters wrong this year, as opposed to last year where his success may have led to a touch of complacency.
- Absence of Nadal- Ok, it’s not all to do with the absence of Nadal, but it has played a part. Knowing from the first week that he wouldn’t have to play the Spaniard has lifted a huge shadow from the tournament for Muzza. No matter what he says, he will not have been looking forward to a match up with Rafa and the world number two’s loss in the third round will have been a huge relief.
- Dealing with pressure- There have been so many times in the past when things all get too much for Murray and he just implodes in games. Not so this year. He could have buckled under intense serving pressure from Karlovic but didn’t. He could have crumbled under ruthless accuracy from Ferrer but didn’t. He could have been intimidated by the weight of history on his shoulder against Tsonga but wasn’t. His mind is much stronger and he is all the better player for it.
and so say all of us, we agree with Phillip Allan, you go for it Andy,
first for yourself, then for all your fans worldwide, especially here in Dunblane.
I'm nearly 50 and can remember Roger Taylor getting knocked out in the W/don semi in 73! 2001 Henman v Goran hurt as did Murray v Roddick semi in 09. So thanks Andy for getting to the final! I don't care how dour you sometimes are for the press, you create excitement on the court and that's all that matters
Djockovic lost his semi more than Fed won it today. Fed's return of serve was iffy and he can be beaten. The article above covers the reasons why Murray has improved this year. Britain is rooting for you Andy..!!
II will be rooting for you ANDY all the way. Never mind about the racist ignorant jealous foul mouthed tattood uneducated uncivilised fellow country morons. You have made us proud by becoming the 1st finalist for many years. i have watched your tantrums and swearings on the court including the vomit on the court after drinking too much Robinsons orange juice. I have also commented in the past years to grow up and not to swear on the court in front of those ball boys and ball girls and asked you whether your mum allowed you to swear? Now all that past history and you are playing a different ball game and a whole lot of very good behaviour. Top marks for that. I ached with you when you lost a point rejoiced with you when you gained a point. Dont listen to those minority who can never be Number 4 world champion ever. You will be higher in the ranking soon. SO GO ANDY GO ON SUNDAY. .
I'm an Englishman through and through, a tipical Scouse, but I wish you all the best in the Final Andy, Its a pity we have these ignoramuses proving it by their Tattoo's
and foul mouths.
I couldn't play tennis to save my life,. Go it Andy Scot or British I will be rooting for you.
Like Victor 'Mildrew' I have to exclaim........I don't b-e-l-i-e-v-e it. Guess I have to! I didnt think he stood a chance against Tsonga. I really want to see him lift that trophy.
why is it when someone does well do people have to come out with all the negative comments
some of the comments made about andy murray and scotland/the scots are just downright RUDE
JEALOUSY is what it is you didnt have the talent to be successfuly yourself at anything in life so why dont you go and get A LIFE
WELL DONE ANDY good luck for sunday
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