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World’s #2 Wins Montreal

Posted by gauloises1 on August 17, 2009

Andy Murray d. Juan Martin del Potro 67(4) 76(3) 61


Murray is the first British man ever to win in Montreal and managed it after two sets of absolutely scintillating tennis and one that was … not.

sad elf

All the effects of the previous couple of weeks seemed to catch up with Elf in the final set. The danger signs were there in the second set, in which he stayed competitive by cracking ridiculous winners simply because he didn’t want to run too much. But you can’t do that forever and after losing the second set he simply faded abruptly away.

Montreal Tennis

I for one though hope we get to see a lot more match-ups between these two in the latter stages of big tournaments. I think their games match up well enough that it’s always going to be close, and they seem to have a fairly good read on each other. Seriously, I’m excited about the prospect of this rivalry going forward.

Montreal Tennis

They were also very friendly after the match, with Elf saying something to Muzz at net which made him laugh, and then Muzz coming over to Elf’s chair to ask him what was wrong and whether he was in pain, which I found adorable.

Anyway. Obviously a very disappointing day for Elf, who had a solid shot at winning his first Masters series title and came up short. But if one thing makes it slightly easier, it’s the fact that Murray won despite the amount of unwarranted crap he’s been taking for the unforgivable crime of having overtaken Rafa in the rankings.

It’s also a nice way to bounce back from losing to Roddick at Wimbledon, as was noted in his presser:

Q.  How satisfying is it to have this win after I guess a little bit of disappointment in the semifinal of Wimbledon?
 ANDY MURRAY:  Um, well, it’s a perfect way to come back, I guess.  I mean, I got asked that after Wimbledon, What you going to do?  Obviously you’re going to be a bit disappointed and stuff.
 You know, it goes one of two ways.  Losing to Roddick, there’s no shame in that to start with.  You know, I’d rather go away and become a worse player and not work on anything or go and practice harder, train harder and become better so the same thing doesn’t happen the next time around.

muzz celebrates

Fuck the haters.

7 Responses to “World’s #2 Wins Montreal”

  1. Crys said

    I can’t go anywhere, especially on LJ, without people practically crucifying Andy for DARING TO PLAY WELL AND WIN THINGS AND OMIGOD BE NUMBER 2!!! It probably won’t last but jesus he’s been the most consistent player since this time last year so give him a freaking break! He deserves it! Rafa failed to defend two GS and a masters – what the hell did you expect?? And to all the people who say ‘OH NOES THE ONE AND TWO POSITIONS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO BE FOR ROGER AND RAFA’ – well, I can’t wait for the day Roger retires and Rafa begins to get more and more injuries and they all fuck off to another sport.

  2. gauloises1 said

    I know, right? I understand being disappointed if you’re a fan of Rafa, but taking it out on Andy who earned the ranking by, you know, actually winning matches? The ranking system does not have a special knees dispensation and if Rafa’s so great he’ll be back anyway, so why all the bitterness? It’s very irritating.

  3. irefusetotellyou said

    SIGH (again.)

    But I see what you mean, Gaul, about the exciting prospect of future match-ups between these 2 … at least when Elf has a bit more energy.

    I still feel really bad for him — and not because he lost, but because he obviously was completely exhausted.

  4. lauren said

    I’ve had enough with stooopid folk not understanding the difference between an objective ranking and their subjective opinion in the women’s game, without getting embroiled in the Andy bashing.
    I’m just really happy to see Andy reap the rewards whilst remaining respectful of his opponents. I thought the way these two interacted after the match was lovely.
    Plus I can’t wait to see these two play again when Andy’s serve is functioning reliably and Elf has a bit more energy – they are going to be making beautiful matches together for years to come.

  5. Iliana said

    I like reading different blogs, and I am fan of Rafa, but I also like other players including Andy, I was really dissapoined he didn’t play Roger in the Wimbledon final but, maybe I am missing something, I haven’t read any “crap” like you said about Andy overtaking rafa, it was about time if you asked me, Rafa has been #2 for 4 years, it would be an embarrasement for such a great country if Andy didn’t improve his game and moved up in the rankings. I think is you and your some of your readers that have always had a problem with Rafa, jealus maybe?

  6. lauren said

    Iliana, I’m a huge Andy fan. You can tell because I don’t even use his surname, and I know you won’t think I mean Andy Roddick. But I also adore Rafa. Sometimes I even support Fed. I can do all at once, just as I can love red wine AND white wine.
    The anti-Andy stink is happening elsewhere, not this blog. I think we’re all too busy dreaming about Argentinian players. LOL

  7. Iliana said

    You’re right Lauren, it must be somewhere else,*guess I don’t read a lot of blogs* seriously though, I’ve seen the love for many players in this blog. Just so you know, in some of the blogs dedicated to Nadal, they’re very respectful of every one (well, except Soderling) I root for Murray, after Nadal, and hope he’ll do well. Cheers!

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