Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
re: Tennis Discussion Thread
Don't see the argument that Murray playing below his best today and so far is any indication he can't win it. He's played much better in other Grand Slams and gone on to reach the semi final and actual final, and its well documented that the best players can save their truly best and faultless performances for the biggest matches where it truly matters.
Sure him wiping the floor with his early round opponents would be more desirable confidence and stamina wise. But he's coming off a remarkable Wimbledon and Olympics campaign where he produced some of his best tennis on a match by match basis, and crucially in the Olympic Final managed to find a truly sensational performance for when it really counted the most. I'm not going to argue that Djokovic and Federer haven't looked more solid and less troubled, but when it comes to Federer/Murray in the semi final if it should end up that way, form will go out of the window and it will come down to whether Murray can put in a performance close to his Olympic effort and whether Federer can deliver time and time again in one of the biggest matches in the tournament.
Besides Murray overcoming an inspired Lopez today when he could have easily lost the 4th set and potentially crumbled under the heat and Lopez performance shows the strength in his character and resolve to win. Pretty sure when Federer was coming back from two sets down to beat Mathieu and others at Wimbledon people weren't saying he was no longer a contender, if anything it reinforced his unbelievable technique and champion determination to overcome exceptional odds.
Obviously Murray is no Roger Federer yet, but the point I'm making is he's getting through the matches without having to play close to his best. Sure him playing close to his best every game would only help build his confidence and get people talking about him being in one of the best runs of his professional career, but at the same time he showed great mental strength to keep Lopez and a partisan Louis Armstrong Court at bay and can now go into his next round match aware he overcame a test of his credentials and I have no doubt he'll answer back any critics of his chances by putting in a much more composed and Murray esque performance.
TL;DR - Saying Murray can't win the Slam because he was tested today by a highly motivated lesser opponent is pretty naive, especially as he's still in good form and can beat the likes of Federer when it matters, as shown by his performance in the Olympic Final.