Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hype Kills

Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his match against Juan Monaco of Argentina at the Rome Masters tennis tournament April 29, 2009.
Reuters

Juan Monaco just showed "all I need to do is break serve and I can be No. 1" Andy Murray the door.

That's all for now.

31 comments:

vw said...

Bravo Juan--and Murray said he will be number 1 by end of the year. We'll see about that.

edma1022 said...

I will share the chuckle for this one ...

*hyuk!* *hyuk!*

Beth said...

Loved your tag line Craig...you are a HOOT! I did not see this match but, with edma1022, I will share the chuckle. I think Murray talks up quite a storm in advance of being able to deliver. Let's see him walk the walk first then he can talk about being number 1.

Pamela said...

For all of his muscles gained and off-season training he looked exhausted midway through the 3rd. It would have been over earlier if Monaco hadn't decided to break himself at love with ridiculous errors.

tangerine said...

"Juan Monaco just showed "all I need to do is break serve and I can be No. 1" Andy Murray the door."Bahahaha.

See ya, Andy.

Karen said...

I watched the match this morning if only because I hated what Murray did to Monaco in Miami I think it was, cheering on every single mistake that Monaco made. Monaco could have won that match in Miami, except he did not believe he could win. This morning he believed he could win and I kept rooting him on. Also, it was more apparent to me more than any other time that Andy Murray waits on his opponents to make mistakes. He is a pusher along the lines of a Lleyton Hewitt, but he is a pusher none the less. He kept waiting for Monaco to make errors and Monaca kept coming up with the winners. Good stuff.

Karen said...

And that is one of the main reasons why he is successful against the big hitters like Roger, guys who are not afraid to go for their shots, even when they are missing. Guys who take risks with their games. Andy Murray - overhyped indeed.

Karen said...

And PHM takes out David Ferrer - talk about an inconsistent player - everytime he is chosen by Tignor to do well, he falters. I gave up on David a long time ago.

Katri said...

Hype kills, oh yeah! Australia Open and so on. I saw the last set of the match. It wasn't that Monaco played the match of his life either, rather than Murray just playing poor quality tennis.

sG said...

Some of my predictions were on point; others not so much. ^^ Predicted the Ferrer early round knock-out and Gasquet over Tsonga. The surprises? Murray's early round knock-out. I figured he could be taken out; the trickiness of his draw made it understandable, but not this early. Davydenko. Sigh, I saw him as that quarters strong dark horse, now that whole section of the draw (Murray, Davydenko) has been blown wide open. I need to see who's there now.

Craig Hickman said...

Gonzalez ought to make the semifinals from there, sG.

sG said...

Ooh, Gonzalez! Yeah, he's making it to the semis.

Savannah said...

Also, it was more apparent to me more than any other time that Andy Murray waits on his opponents to make mistakes.
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Rope-a-dope tennis is what Murray plays.

Pamela said...

Let me stir the Federer pot for a moment. He beat Ivo Karlovic today and this is his reaction afterwards:

I had two close service games in the beginning. From then on, I was pretty much cruising. I can't judge this kind of kind of a match because it's not real tennis with Ivo because it's all about reaction.”

Did he really have to say it's not real tennis? I'm rooting for him to do well, but not to win. I get where he's going because Ivo is pretty much all serve and a volley or two but still ...

tangerine said...

UK Telegraph says, "Rafael Nadal tips Andy Murray for Roland Garros glory"Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Graf_sampras said...

and HIS serves got broken...lol.


KAREN -- did Murray do that to Monaco in Miami? cheering on Monaco's mistakes?....

a but rude ..i'd think.

Graf_sampras said...

Pamela -- in a way what roger said is true to an extent. ivo is indeed mainly "there" there in whatever rounds because of hsi height from which comes his serves. that is the REAL example of "all serve" ...

as Tommy Haas said last year in AO :

"someone that tall should be declared ILLEGAL in tennis" (jokingly of course).....

lol.

Graf_sampras said...

a Truly beautiful , BIG serve - one with effortlessness, beautiful technique and physical coordination, but great power and variety is the first serve of Ernsts Gulbis...although he has his present problems of consistency which he should grow out of in time.

Graf_sampras said...

andy's more PRESENT statement should be:

"IF i can ONLY hold serve and BREAK serve...i should be number one by year's end"....

same as ALL OTHER NON-NUMBER ones could have said..........

he needs more YOGA.........

Graf_sampras said...

Tangerine -- that article about rafa tipping murray at the FO -- is just another of Rafa's clever way of putting the pressure on others...as he has done for Federer...lol. and they bit and swallowed the bait -- whole.....


lol.

Graf_sampras said...

This also means DJOKOVIC's number 3 rank is safe for the moment, especially if he goes further or defends.

Pamela said...

G_S - I know. Dr. Ivo is all serve, and it's painful watching him attempt that thing called .. moving. It was still a bit tacky to say so about a professional tennis player, especially since he HAS beaten you recently.

Graf_sampras said...

Pamela said...

G_S - I know. Dr. Ivo is all serve, and it's painful watching him attempt that thing called .. moving. It was still a bit tacky to say so about a professional tennis player, especially since he HAS beaten you recently.

Wed Apr 29, 06:53:00 PM

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actually -pamela -- i just let him beat me recently.


all i had to do was STAND there without a racket. and REFUSE to learn tennis.


we know he's really a walking crane that drops serves from on high...all 6'10 of it.

and roger makes a good case for THAT.

Karen said...

But Tangi he spoke the truth, did he not? Every player says the same thing about Ivo. People also say that when you play Nadal be prepared to run all day because he is the human backboard. Perhaps it is just the way it was said rather than what was said

vw said...

graf- I 'd rather have Djokovic at 3 than brat Murray. I think Djok has to win to stay at 3 tho.

karen- yeah, every point with MAndy is "come on."

I want to see a Djoker/Nadal final. I am sick of Fed.

sG said...

Ivo *is* nothing but a serve and a handful of solid volleys and it is a bit hard to judge how well one is playing against that. Just as with the "JJ is #1" story he isn't saying something anyone else isn't thinking or saying. Is the criticism a bit, um, pointed? Well, yes. :shrugs: By now I'm used to Roger slipping an insult into an answer like a stiletto between the ribs. Personally I like those type of answers to be more "Andy Roddick" in flavor, but I admit to being very American when it comes to sarcasm and biting remarks. ^^

Ragnar said...

Hehe interesting title, I like.

Graf_sampras said...

Karen said...

But Tangi he spoke the truth, did he not? Every player says the same thing about Ivo. People also say that when you play Nadal be prepared to run all day because he is the human backboard. Perhaps it is just the way it was said rather than what was said

Wed Apr 29, 07:48:00 PM

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I must admit -- that in perspective of my usual, years-long criticism on Roger (they are BAD...lol) -- perhaps because he is not number one or because he is in trouble that I am TRYING to find more lee-way f0r myself to be less knee-jerk "criticize roger because he is roger".

having said that:

while i agree that generally fed manages to insert some barb about other players - what fed stated here REALLY is fact after all: i repeat - he IS a 13 major champ, AND everyone knows what motivates him:

getting that 14th and then more , getting that FO, getting back that number one.

there really is NO ONE that has quite earned that distinction as to having THESE particular motives -- or at least as his present challenges.

while , imo, there was a difference between , say:

sampras standing at 13 majors SAYING "i feel i have MANY more years to have a chance at more majors" which turned out to be ONLY ONE more...

FROM federer stating these things he says WHILE sending barbs at some others ....

neither player could have stated anything OTHER than making references to their respective past achievements which THEY were wanting to surpass:

pete trying to surpass HIS own 13 majors "with many more years of having a chance to win more".....

or roger trying to surpass HIS own 13 , tie pete, AND surpass pete as well as do what pete or many others couldn't do, take the FO along the way. and of course regain that number one.

although I don't quite see that roger really made some passing remark "dissing" some rivals as he goes about this business of "surpassing" -- if roger could just try to avoid making those kinds of remarks more fans would be more supportive of his efforts...including myself.

pompelmo said...

Clay diminishes the excellency of Karlovic. It is like cutting the wings of a hawk to make it run with the turkeys... *smirks*

Graf_sampras said...

pompelmo said...

Clay diminishes the excellency of Karlovic. It is like cutting the wings of a hawk to make it run with the turkeys... *smirks*

Thu Apr 30, 08:54:00 AM

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Pompelno -


Karlovic ISN'T "excellent" ANYWHERE !

he's just a big lumbering tower cranking down serves that have NOTHING to do with real tennis.

why would anyone be surprised that he'd be nothing? ANYWHERE?

Graf_sampras said...

i mean-- yes he has some decent volleyes. but what's so HARD about that from HIS height when inside the court anyway? he can take them on the rise and from his height have PLENTY of clearance to appear like he's some "excellent" player.......

too bad THAT is about as good as "serve and volleyers" get nowadays....."blessed" with some unusual physical stature of height.......most of them real mediocrities...

heck


the RETIRED, UNFORTUNATE GUILLERMO CORIA

standing at 5'9'' , 150 # , with a choking brain,


VOLLEYED BETTER than many of these guys active today!

even if HE's mainly a scrapper!!! with a puff serve ....

that's how BAD the tennis has evolved!

lol.