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This Is Really Starting To Suck

Posted by gauloises1 on April 14, 2010

And the ‘what’s wrong with Andy Murray?’ kicks into overdrive as he gets schooled by Philipp Kohlschreiber, 62 61.

It’s not like there’s any particular shame in losing to Kohlschreiber on clay (right, Nole?), but there kind of is when you get just three games, serve at 37% and reportedly really, really suck. Coupled with early losses in Miami and Dubai and a less than impressive performance against an admittedly inspired Soderling in Indian Wells, it’s definitely starting to look like we have a slump – or, possibly, a crater.

I haven’t seen him play since Dubai (bad fan) so I don’t really have an opinion on What’s Wrong. Not that that really matters when everybody else does.

Of course the only opinion that counts is that of the man himself, not that it makes cheery reading:

“The last few tournaments have been bad,” he admitted. “It’s been a long time since I lost a couple of matches like this. I have to make sure that I don’t panic. […]

“It was the first time in a few years that the court felt so small. I just could not find the court. When it’s like that, it’s difficult to play.”

Murray, who lost his serve five times, added, “I tried different things. I tried serve and volleying a couple of times. I tried hitting some high balls. It did not really make a whole lot of difference.

You know, I was all ready to attempt some kind of analytic post-mortem, but after reading 17,3986 variations on the theme of ‘Murray’s a loser and now everyone knows it’, I’ve lost my taste for it. He’ll get over it. He’ll be fine.

I hope.

Anyway, one outgrowth of Murray’s failure to defend his semifinal points from last year is that Delpo is once again back up to #4 in the rankings – despite not having played since January. Er, yay? Have a photo to prove he’s alive …

… albeit not in any meaningful tennistical way.

8 Responses to “This Is Really Starting To Suck”

  1. irefusetotellyou said

    Is that really a recent Elf photo?

    Melikey the hairiness.

    • Saoirse said

      The picture was taken late March at the Boca Juniors/River Plate match at LA BOMBONERA!!! (vain attempt to cheer up a drunken & depressed Gaul)

      Hairy Elf = Horny Me. LOVE his Wolveri-ness.
      One can only assume his injured wrist prevents him from shaving properly… I think he could really use our help with his grooming. I’m just saying.

  2. Beckham said

    G don’t listen to all the doom and gloom, he’ll be fine, he’ll eventually snap out of it, all good players do, see Roddick, Federer, Agassi, Sampras etc etc etc etc

    If that fails, he still has a winning record against the Fed, no?! 😉

  3. Maria1 said

    Oh god, Elf looks like he’s gone native – meaning he’s lived in the wilderness and is emerging, back into the world of man. Me like the Wolfy look a lot.

  4. kefuoe said

    A famous Spanish tennis player once said of Murray: “He can play regular or fancy…” I’d be happy to see either of those options at the next available opportunity.

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