Oh, Mandy …
Posted by gauloises1 on February 25, 2010
You came and you left without winning.
And no, I will not feel sorry for you.
So … Andy Murray lost today to Janko Tipsarevic, 76(3) 46 64. Good times. It was during work hours and while we did have it on the TVs, I couldn’t pay it that much attention. Looked like lots of fun points in the third set though.
Anyway, it’s not that much of a surprise given his utterly shambolic form against Kunitsyn and Tipsy’s love of the big stage / the upset victory. What interests me is how Andy discussed the loss afterwards:
“It was obviously disappointing to lose, but I tried some things out and I think it was a good learning experience for me,” Murray said. “I would like to have won, but it’s not the end of the world. If it was a Slam or something my tactics and my game style would have been a bit different.”
He added: “When I’m getting ready for the Slams and the big events, you need to try some things. If you ask someone like Roger Federer how he gets ready, it’s not necessarily about winning the week before or playing your best the week before. It’s playing your best at the right times of the year.”
Apparently the things he tried involved serving and volleying a lot more, slicing his backhand less frequently and going for … wait for it … winners. And that’s all well and good (or alternatively things I virtually pray for on a daily basis). But it’s not like he doesn’t know how to play that sort of game and play it in big matches, too; we’ve all seen it. The problem is that, in the biggest matches, he doesn’t play like that. And I’m not convincd that dicking around until you lose in the second round to the world no. 39 is the way to go about fixing that particular problem.
Can be a dick.
But whatever. More rest before Indian Wells or … whatever. I’m done.
And it’s not like Tipsy’s some hack, either. In fact it was nice, in an agonising sort of way, to be reminded how well Tipsy can play when he has the opportunity and inclination. No question he played a great match and seriously earned the win. And I love a player who hardcore emotes.
On you go.