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Old 09-01-2012, 04:37 PM   #1391 (permalink)
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Lopez choked a little but Murray played a good game overall especially defensively and used a good bit of energy and stamina too.

Not sure if he's really going to give Federer much of a challenge tbh.
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Del Potro. That's probably the end of the road for him but if he somehow manages to beat him, he'll face Novak in the QF.

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Old 09-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #1392 (permalink)
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I changed my mind, I don't think Murray have what it takes to win the US Open this year.
His Olympics performances were far much better than the ones now.

He hasn't been putting very impressives performances while Federer has so I don't think Murray will beat him.

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Yeah how sad. I don't think he can beat Del Potro and even if he beat Potro he still has to face Novak which he wouldn't stand much of a chance.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:44 PM   #1393 (permalink)
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Federer was faultless today, really confident in him going all the way.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:11 PM   #1394 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:28 PM   #1395 (permalink)
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It's annoying how if a player has a tough match, no one gives credit to the other guy. They all just go "oh yea Murray had a tough match against a good opponent he's not gonna win anymore".
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Exactly. Lopez played exceptionally well today and on another day could have well beaten Murray if certain points in the tie break had gone his way. In many ways I think it also helped demonstrate Murray's progression the last few years, in 2009 and maybe even 2010 with the heat, crowd getting behind Lopez after the dodgy Umpire call as well as Lopez's consistent play I could have easily seen Murray crumbling and choking.

Today however he never let the occasion and performance of Lopez affect me, and played the key points in the match with remarkable precision, especially that 23 shot rally on break point in the 4th set (or was it the 3rd?).

Credit to Lopez though for his effort, I saw the stats going in suggesting it would be a doddle for Murray and he proved a lot of people wrong and forced Murray into a very grueling match in the process.
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AGree with what you said about Murray maturing man.
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I know how well Lopez played, he deserved a lot of credit. Still if Murray performs like that he won't win.

He isn't performing as good as he has been in the Olympics which is the reason why I don't think he can win the slam this year. Also he has never won a slam. Throughout the tournaments, form matters a lot and so far Federer and Djokovic has performed much better than Murray has. I think one of them will win it now. Maybe it is too early to say.
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We'll have to see how well he does in his next match
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I never really thought that Murray would win it. In fact, i still have a feeling he will lose in the next round. Raonic disposed of Blake in 3 sets yesterday.

My pick to reach the final, Kerber won easily yesterday 6-1,6-2. Errani also won easily again yesterday 6-1 6-1. Errani is having a good tournament here. Ivanovic is also through after beating Sloane Stephens in 3 sets. Decent tournament for Ana so far, i think she can make the quarter finals now.
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