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Date: 17 Jan 2009 14:02:29
From:
Subject: Federer running scared of Murray
Federer running scared of Murray - Supercharged Scot in prime shape
for Grand Slams

by Malcolm Folley

With his muscular physique, relaxed mind and scintillating form, Andy
Murray is a man without fear as greatness beckons at the Australian
Open over the next fortnight.

Murray has breached the mind of serial champion Roger Federer, tamed
the raging bull of tennis, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, and watched Novak
Djokovic make an unconvincing start to the year with losses in
Brisbane and Sydney to undermine his confidence ahead of his defence
of the title.

Against this backdrop, there is an awakening within the corridors of
tennis that Murray, who opens up against Romanian Andrei Pavel, will
be a remorseless force from now on, not withstanding the regal
brilliance of Federer, the marbled muscle of Nadal or the
precociousness of Djokovic.

Tim Henman, the Pom who took more than his share of ridicule in
Australia, understands the impact Murray is making worldwide. 'I have
no doubt in my mind that Andy will win more than one Grand Slam,' said
Henman, who appeared in six semi-finals at Grand Slam tournaments.

'At 21, he's only scratched the surface, yet he's already No 4 in the
world and he's won nine titles. He will achieve far better and bigger
things than me.'

The size of the shadow Murray has cast across the game ahead of the
Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne tomorrow, can be measured
by the discomfort being expressed by Federer.

The 27-year-old from Switzerland clearly dislikes being reminded of
the damage Murray has inflicted on him in the past three months when
the British No 1 beat him three times in succession. Each time Federer
led by a set.

'Usually, if I win the first set, it figures I'd win the match,' said
Federer nine days ago, on a cool, dark night in the Arabian desert
after Murray reduced him to a pale imitation of a man who possesses an
enviable 13 Grand Slam titles.

'It's a disappointing statistic,' said Federer, clearly irritated,
just as he was when he learned that Murray shared the head of the
betting market with him.

Only Nadal has condemned Federer to defeat on a similar scale. Federer
can contend with a rivalry with the Spaniard, who beat him at the
French Open and again in a titanic Wimbledon final; but to him, Murray
is still a pretender without a crown. Yet Federer had to concede in
Qatar: 'If Andy carries on like he is, he will have a shot at being No
1.'

Federer's one win over the Scot in the past three years was claimed,
significantly, in the US Open final four months ago, when Murray was
hit by fatigue and stagefright. Yet Davis Cup captain John Lloyd
suspects the balance is now heavily weighted in Murray's favour.

'Roger can't get any better,' said Lloyd, the last British player to
appear in the Australian Open final 33 years ago. 'He's played at a
fantastic level, but he doesn't like to play Andy nowadays. He's
moaned out here because the bookmakers have made Andy favourite to win
it, something that would have been unthinkable even six months ago.

'To Federer, it's ridiculous and he doesn't like it. But I think the
fact that he wants to make a dig at Andy in public is a sign of
Federer's increasing vulnerability where Murray is concerned.'

Murray insisted: 'I don't have a problem being favourite or not. I
guess Roger would prefer to be favourite himself, so that's absolutely
fine. It doesn't change my mindset going into the tournament. It's
obviously a good thing (to be seen as a threat). When you do become a
contender for a Slam, the seedings and stuff help with your draws. It
gives me that little bit of extra confidence.'

After dispensing first with Mark Petchey, then enduring a volatile 18-
month period with American coach Brad Gilbert, Murray has placed
around him a group of people he likes and trusts; coach Miles
Maclagan, fitness trainers Jez Green and Matty Little, and
physiotherapist Andy Ireland. Murray eats with them, plays football-
tennis with them, and works himself to a standstill when the need
arises. His change of attitude is unmissable.

Australian Rod Laver, still the only man to have won all four Grand
Slams in the same year since tennis became professional 40 years ago,
recalled watching Murray during his time with Gilbert.

'They were fighting each other,' he said last week. 'I sat there
thinking: "What's going on? This is not a game of tennis." That was
the rock bottom of his career. He is a different person now. He
actually looks interested in the game. His knowledge is uncanny, he is
tactically brilliant and he has amazing anticipation.'

True praise, indeed. Murray presents a humble account of how he
developed his tennis education. 'I wasn't particularly good at
school,' he said. 'But I've always been pretty smart on court. I find
players' weaknesses because I watched so much tennis when I was
younger.'

Nadal is aware that, in the months since the US Open where Murray beat
him, the man from Dunblane has become an even greater threat: 'When
you win in Cincinnati, Madrid and in Doha last week, playing against
Federer and Andy Roddick, you are ready to win a Grand Slam
tournament, no?'




 
Date: 18 Jan 2009 01:46:45
From: Fan
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
On Jan 17, 11:02=A0pm, oceanau...@netlimit.com wrote:
> Federer running scared of Murray =A0- Supercharged Scot in prime shape
> for Grand Slams
>
> by Malcolm Folley
>
> With his muscular physique, relaxed mind and scintillating form, Andy

Malcolm Folley is either a total idiot or setting Murray up for the
big fall in case he does not win AO.



 
Date: 17 Jan 2009 17:35:52
From: Rodjk #613
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
On Jan 17, 5:26=A0pm, Giovanna <giovana...@bol.com.br > wrote:
> > Any guess how the british media will handle Murray if he lost early in
> > the AO or lost to Federer again?
>
> I hope they treat him like shit~~

Come on, thats not fair.
If you want Fed to win, pull for him to win.
Don't pull for others to lose.

This isn't like you...

Rodjk #613


 
Date: 17 Jan 2009 16:22:37
From:
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
On Jan 17, 10:12=A0pm, Jason Catlin <jason-cat...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> On Jan 17, 5:02=A0pm, oceanau...@netlimit.com wrote:
>
>
>
> > Federer running scared of Murray =A0- Supercharged Scot in prime shape
> > for Grand Slams
>
> > by Malcolm Folley
>
> > With his muscular physique, relaxed mind and scintillating form, Andy
> > Murray is a man without fear as greatness beckons at the Australian
> > Open over the next fortnight.
>
> > Murray has breached the mind of serial champion Roger Federer, tamed
> > the raging bull of tennis, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, and watched Novak
> > Djokovic make an unconvincing start to the year with losses in
> > Brisbane and Sydney to undermine his confidence ahead of his defence
> > of the title.
>
> > Against this backdrop, there is an awakening within the corridors of
> > tennis that Murray, who opens up against Romanian Andrei Pavel, will
> > be a remorseless force from now on, not withstanding the regal
> > brilliance of Federer, the marbled muscle of Nadal or the
> > precociousness of Djokovic.
>
> > Tim Henman, the Pom who took more than his share of ridicule in
> > Australia, understands the impact Murray is making worldwide. 'I have
> > no doubt in my mind that Andy will win more than one Grand Slam,' said
> > Henman, who appeared in six semi-finals at Grand Slam tournaments.
>
> > 'At 21, he's only scratched the surface, yet he's already No 4 in the
> > world and he's won nine titles. He will achieve far better and bigger
> > things than me.'
>
> > The size of the shadow Murray has cast across the game ahead of the
> > Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne tomorrow, can be measured
> > by the discomfort being expressed by Federer.
>
> > The 27-year-old from Switzerland clearly dislikes being reminded of
> > the damage Murray has inflicted on him in the past three months when
> > the British No 1 beat him three times in succession. Each time Federer
> > led by a set.
>
> > 'Usually, if I win the first set, it figures I'd win the match,' said
> > Federer nine days ago, on a cool, dark night in the Arabian desert
> > after Murray reduced him to a pale imitation of a man who possesses an
> > enviable 13 Grand Slam titles.
>
> > 'It's a disappointing statistic,' said Federer, clearly irritated,
> > just as he was when he learned that Murray shared the head of the
> > betting market with him.
>
> > Only Nadal has condemned Federer to defeat on a similar scale. Federer
> > can contend with a rivalry with the Spaniard, who beat him at the
> > French Open and again in a titanic Wimbledon final; but to him, Murray
> > is still a pretender without a crown. Yet Federer had to concede in
> > Qatar: 'If Andy carries on like he is, he will have a shot at being No
> > 1.'
>
> > Federer's one win over the Scot in the past three years was claimed,
> > significantly, in the US Open final four months ago, when Murray was
> > hit by fatigue and stagefright. Yet Davis Cup captain John Lloyd
> > suspects the balance is now heavily weighted in Murray's favour.
>
> > 'Roger can't get any better,' said Lloyd, the last British player to
> > appear in the Australian Open final 33 years ago. 'He's played at a
> > fantastic level, but he doesn't like to play Andy nowadays. He's
> > moaned out here because the bookmakers have made Andy favourite to win
> > it, something that would have been unthinkable even six months ago.
>
> > 'To Federer, it's ridiculous and he doesn't like it. But I think the
> > fact that he wants to make a dig at Andy in public is a sign of
> > Federer's increasing vulnerability where Murray is concerned.'
>
> > Murray insisted: 'I don't have a problem being favourite or not. I
> > guess Roger would prefer to be favourite himself, so that's absolutely
> > fine. It doesn't change my mindset going into the tournament. It's
> > obviously a good thing (to be seen as a threat). When you do become a
> > contender for a Slam, the seedings and stuff help with your draws. It
> > gives me that little bit of extra confidence.'
>
> > After dispensing first with Mark Petchey, then enduring a volatile 18-
> > month period with American coach Brad Gilbert, Murray has placed
> > around him a group of people he likes and trusts; coach Miles
> > Maclagan, fitness trainers Jez Green and Matty Little, and
> > physiotherapist Andy Ireland. Murray eats with them, plays football-
> > tennis with them, and works himself to a standstill when the need
> > arises. His change of attitude is unmissable.
>
> > Australian Rod Laver, still the only man to have won all four Grand
> > Slams in the same year since tennis became professional 40 years ago,
> > recalled watching Murray during his time with Gilbert.
>
> > 'They were fighting each other,' he said last week. 'I sat there
> > thinking: "What's going on? This is not a game of tennis." That was
> > the rock bottom of his career. He is a different person now. He
> > actually looks interested in the game. His knowledge is uncanny, he is
> > tactically brilliant and he has amazing anticipation.'
>
> > True praise, indeed. Murray presents a humble account of how he
> > developed his tennis education. 'I wasn't particularly good at
> > school,' he said. 'But I've always been pretty smart on court. I find
> > players' weaknesses because I watched so much tennis when I was
> > younger.'
>
> > Nadal is aware that, in the months since the US Open where Murray beat
> > him, the man from Dunblane has become an even greater threat: 'When
> > you win in Cincinnati, Madrid and in Doha last week, playing against
> > Federer and Andy Roddick, you are ready to win a Grand Slam
> > tournament, no?'
>
> Why *running scared*? I checked the news reports and he hasn't pulled
> out of the AO yet.

Yes - very poor headline, though presumably Malcolm Folley didn't
write it. I imagine this is written for a British newspaper so some
sub-editor dreamt up the headline.

That's not a great article either. I don't think it's accurate to say
that Federer was "clearly irritated" when he heard that Murray was the
favourite to win the AO. John Lloyd's comments are a bit over the top
as well - did Federer really "moan" and "take a pop" at Murray?

This is the big downside of Murray's success and unfortunately what we
will almost certainly have to endure over the next few years - the
British media in full flow. Though if history is anything to go by, at
some point in his career they will start to try to bring him down.




  
Date: 18 Jan 2009 01:51:21
From: Dr. GroundAxe
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray

<gregorawe@hotmail.com > wrote in message
news:3ca57d75-2e34-4866-b1f5-4cc5459156a5@z28g2000prd.googlegroups.com...
On Jan 17, 10:12 pm, Jason Catlin <jason-cat...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> On Jan 17, 5:02 pm, oceanau...@netlimit.com wrote:
>
>
>
> > Federer running scared of Murray - Supercharged Scot in prime shape
> > for Grand Slams
>
> > by Malcolm Folley
>
> > With his muscular physique, relaxed mind and scintillating form, Andy
> > Murray is a man without fear as greatness beckons at the Australian
> > Open over the next fortnight.
>
> > Murray has breached the mind of serial champion Roger Federer, tamed
> > the raging bull of tennis, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, and watched Novak
> > Djokovic make an unconvincing start to the year with losses in
> > Brisbane and Sydney to undermine his confidence ahead of his defence
> > of the title.
>
> > Against this backdrop, there is an awakening within the corridors of
> > tennis that Murray, who opens up against Romanian Andrei Pavel, will
> > be a remorseless force from now on, not withstanding the regal
> > brilliance of Federer, the marbled muscle of Nadal or the
> > precociousness of Djokovic.
>
> > Tim Henman, the Pom who took more than his share of ridicule in
> > Australia, understands the impact Murray is making worldwide. 'I have
> > no doubt in my mind that Andy will win more than one Grand Slam,' said
> > Henman, who appeared in six semi-finals at Grand Slam tournaments.
>
> > 'At 21, he's only scratched the surface, yet he's already No 4 in the
> > world and he's won nine titles. He will achieve far better and bigger
> > things than me.'
>
> > The size of the shadow Murray has cast across the game ahead of the
> > Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne tomorrow, can be measured
> > by the discomfort being expressed by Federer.
>
> > The 27-year-old from Switzerland clearly dislikes being reminded of
> > the damage Murray has inflicted on him in the past three months when
> > the British No 1 beat him three times in succession. Each time Federer
> > led by a set.
>
> > 'Usually, if I win the first set, it figures I'd win the match,' said
> > Federer nine days ago, on a cool, dark night in the Arabian desert
> > after Murray reduced him to a pale imitation of a man who possesses an
> > enviable 13 Grand Slam titles.
>
> > 'It's a disappointing statistic,' said Federer, clearly irritated,
> > just as he was when he learned that Murray shared the head of the
> > betting market with him.
>
> > Only Nadal has condemned Federer to defeat on a similar scale. Federer
> > can contend with a rivalry with the Spaniard, who beat him at the
> > French Open and again in a titanic Wimbledon final; but to him, Murray
> > is still a pretender without a crown. Yet Federer had to concede in
> > Qatar: 'If Andy carries on like he is, he will have a shot at being No
> > 1.'
>
> > Federer's one win over the Scot in the past three years was claimed,
> > significantly, in the US Open final four months ago, when Murray was
> > hit by fatigue and stagefright. Yet Davis Cup captain John Lloyd
> > suspects the balance is now heavily weighted in Murray's favour.
>
> > 'Roger can't get any better,' said Lloyd, the last British player to
> > appear in the Australian Open final 33 years ago. 'He's played at a
> > fantastic level, but he doesn't like to play Andy nowadays. He's
> > moaned out here because the bookmakers have made Andy favourite to win
> > it, something that would have been unthinkable even six months ago.
>
> > 'To Federer, it's ridiculous and he doesn't like it. But I think the
> > fact that he wants to make a dig at Andy in public is a sign of
> > Federer's increasing vulnerability where Murray is concerned.'
>
> > Murray insisted: 'I don't have a problem being favourite or not. I
> > guess Roger would prefer to be favourite himself, so that's absolutely
> > fine. It doesn't change my mindset going into the tournament. It's
> > obviously a good thing (to be seen as a threat). When you do become a
> > contender for a Slam, the seedings and stuff help with your draws. It
> > gives me that little bit of extra confidence.'
>
> > After dispensing first with Mark Petchey, then enduring a volatile 18-
> > month period with American coach Brad Gilbert, Murray has placed
> > around him a group of people he likes and trusts; coach Miles
> > Maclagan, fitness trainers Jez Green and Matty Little, and
> > physiotherapist Andy Ireland. Murray eats with them, plays football-
> > tennis with them, and works himself to a standstill when the need
> > arises. His change of attitude is unmissable.
>
> > Australian Rod Laver, still the only man to have won all four Grand
> > Slams in the same year since tennis became professional 40 years ago,
> > recalled watching Murray during his time with Gilbert.
>
> > 'They were fighting each other,' he said last week. 'I sat there
> > thinking: "What's going on? This is not a game of tennis." That was
> > the rock bottom of his career. He is a different person now. He
> > actually looks interested in the game. His knowledge is uncanny, he is
> > tactically brilliant and he has amazing anticipation.'
>
> > True praise, indeed. Murray presents a humble account of how he
> > developed his tennis education. 'I wasn't particularly good at
> > school,' he said. 'But I've always been pretty smart on court. I find
> > players' weaknesses because I watched so much tennis when I was
> > younger.'
>
> > Nadal is aware that, in the months since the US Open where Murray beat
> > him, the man from Dunblane has become an even greater threat: 'When
> > you win in Cincinnati, Madrid and in Doha last week, playing against
> > Federer and Andy Roddick, you are ready to win a Grand Slam
> > tournament, no?'
>
> Why *running scared*? I checked the news reports and he hasn't pulled
> out of the AO yet.

Yes - very poor headline, though presumably Malcolm Folley didn't
write it. I imagine this is written for a British newspaper so some
sub-editor dreamt up the headline.

That's not a great article either. I don't think it's accurate to say
that Federer was "clearly irritated" when he heard that Murray was the
favourite to win the AO. John Lloyd's comments are a bit over the top
as well - did Federer really "moan" and "take a pop" at Murray?

This is the big downside of Murray's success and unfortunately what we
will almost certainly have to endure over the next few years - the
British media in full flow. Though if history is anything to go by, at
some point in his career they will start to try to bring him down.


I think 'moan' is a good description of what Federer has been doing. Why
even mention gambling odds? Seems dodgy territory for a tennis player given
the troubles Davydenko had. It's all ridiculous anyway as bookies compile
odds based on form, they don't care what Federer has done in the past.



 
Date: 18 Jan 2009 01:03:54
From: Aimless
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
Is this poor dipshit a 9 yrs old Murray fanboy?


 
Date: 17 Jan 2009 15:26:16
From: Giovanna
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray

> Any guess how the british media will handle Murray if he lost early in
> the AO or lost to Federer again?

I hope they treat him like shit~~



  
Date: 18 Jan 2009 01:52:07
From: Dr. GroundAxe
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray

"Giovanna" <giovanapel@bol.com.br > wrote in message
news:c3865218-1cf2-49f6-b861-eced923457b8@v13g2000yqm.googlegroups.com...
>
>> Any guess how the british media will handle Murray if he lost early in
>> the AO or lost to Federer again?
>
> I hope they treat him like shit~~
>


As your parents clearly did you.



 
Date: 17 Jan 2009 14:50:04
From: wkhedr
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
On Jan 17, 5:02=A0pm, oceanau...@netlimit.com wrote:
> Federer running scared of Murray =A0- Supercharged Scot in prime shape
> for Grand Slams
>
> by Malcolm Folley
>
> With his muscular physique, relaxed mind and scintillating form, Andy
> Murray is a man without fear as greatness beckons at the Australian
> Open over the next fortnight.
>
> Murray has breached the mind of serial champion Roger Federer, tamed
> the raging bull of tennis, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, and watched Novak
> Djokovic make an unconvincing start to the year with losses in
> Brisbane and Sydney to undermine his confidence ahead of his defence
> of the title.
>
> Against this backdrop, there is an awakening within the corridors of
> tennis that Murray, who opens up against Romanian Andrei Pavel, will
> be a remorseless force from now on, not withstanding the regal
> brilliance of Federer, the marbled muscle of Nadal or the
> precociousness of Djokovic.
>
> Tim Henman, the Pom who took more than his share of ridicule in
> Australia, understands the impact Murray is making worldwide. 'I have
> no doubt in my mind that Andy will win more than one Grand Slam,' said
> Henman, who appeared in six semi-finals at Grand Slam tournaments.
>
> 'At 21, he's only scratched the surface, yet he's already No 4 in the
> world and he's won nine titles. He will achieve far better and bigger
> things than me.'
>
> The size of the shadow Murray has cast across the game ahead of the
> Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne tomorrow, can be measured
> by the discomfort being expressed by Federer.
>
> The 27-year-old from Switzerland clearly dislikes being reminded of
> the damage Murray has inflicted on him in the past three months when
> the British No 1 beat him three times in succession. Each time Federer
> led by a set.
>
> 'Usually, if I win the first set, it figures I'd win the match,' said
> Federer nine days ago, on a cool, dark night in the Arabian desert
> after Murray reduced him to a pale imitation of a man who possesses an
> enviable 13 Grand Slam titles.
>
> 'It's a disappointing statistic,' said Federer, clearly irritated,
> just as he was when he learned that Murray shared the head of the
> betting market with him.
>
> Only Nadal has condemned Federer to defeat on a similar scale. Federer
> can contend with a rivalry with the Spaniard, who beat him at the
> French Open and again in a titanic Wimbledon final; but to him, Murray
> is still a pretender without a crown. Yet Federer had to concede in
> Qatar: 'If Andy carries on like he is, he will have a shot at being No
> 1.'
>
> Federer's one win over the Scot in the past three years was claimed,
> significantly, in the US Open final four months ago, when Murray was
> hit by fatigue and stagefright. Yet Davis Cup captain John Lloyd
> suspects the balance is now heavily weighted in Murray's favour.
>
> 'Roger can't get any better,' said Lloyd, the last British player to
> appear in the Australian Open final 33 years ago. 'He's played at a
> fantastic level, but he doesn't like to play Andy nowadays. He's
> moaned out here because the bookmakers have made Andy favourite to win
> it, something that would have been unthinkable even six months ago.
>
> 'To Federer, it's ridiculous and he doesn't like it. But I think the
> fact that he wants to make a dig at Andy in public is a sign of
> Federer's increasing vulnerability where Murray is concerned.'
>
> Murray insisted: 'I don't have a problem being favourite or not. I
> guess Roger would prefer to be favourite himself, so that's absolutely
> fine. It doesn't change my mindset going into the tournament. It's
> obviously a good thing (to be seen as a threat). When you do become a
> contender for a Slam, the seedings and stuff help with your draws. It
> gives me that little bit of extra confidence.'
>
> After dispensing first with Mark Petchey, then enduring a volatile 18-
> month period with American coach Brad Gilbert, Murray has placed
> around him a group of people he likes and trusts; coach Miles
> Maclagan, fitness trainers Jez Green and Matty Little, and
> physiotherapist Andy Ireland. Murray eats with them, plays football-
> tennis with them, and works himself to a standstill when the need
> arises. His change of attitude is unmissable.
>
> Australian Rod Laver, still the only man to have won all four Grand
> Slams in the same year since tennis became professional 40 years ago,
> recalled watching Murray during his time with Gilbert.
>
> 'They were fighting each other,' he said last week. 'I sat there
> thinking: "What's going on? This is not a game of tennis." That was
> the rock bottom of his career. He is a different person now. He
> actually looks interested in the game. His knowledge is uncanny, he is
> tactically brilliant and he has amazing anticipation.'
>
> True praise, indeed. Murray presents a humble account of how he
> developed his tennis education. 'I wasn't particularly good at
> school,' he said. 'But I've always been pretty smart on court. I find
> players' weaknesses because I watched so much tennis when I was
> younger.'
>
> Nadal is aware that, in the months since the US Open where Murray beat
> him, the man from Dunblane has become an even greater threat: 'When
> you win in Cincinnati, Madrid and in Doha last week, playing against
> Federer and Andy Roddick, you are ready to win a Grand Slam
> tournament, no?'

Any guess how the british media will handle Murray if he lost early in
the AO or lost to Federer again?


  
Date: 18 Jan 2009 01:24:44
From: Stapler
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
"wkhedr" <wkhedr@my-deja.com > wrote in message
news:d752cc9c-3a96-42d0-8bd1-3978dd308469@i18g2000prf.googlegroups.com...
>>Any guess how the british media will handle Murray if he lost early in
the AO or lost to Federer again?

<<

Do you think you could not quote the whole damn message every fucking time
you twat?



   
Date: 18 Jan 2009 06:16:49
From: chrome
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
"Stapler" <d@d.com > wrote...
> Do you think you could not quote the whole damn message every
> fucking time

Agreed. JFC that's annoying. If you quote 100 lines to make a 2 (or 4 or
even 10) line response, you are a damn stupid, lazy specimen in my book.

Would you guys who do this learn to use the delete key and trim the
extraneous quoted stuff out of your posts!!



    
Date: 18 Jan 2009 06:31:21
From: Stapler
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
"chrome" <chrome@nospam.invalid > wrote in message
news:kPzcl.35614$QB1.33637@fe01.news.easynews.com...
> "Stapler" <d@d.com> wrote...
>> Do you think you could not quote the whole damn message every
>> fucking time
>
> Agreed. JFC that's annoying. If you quote 100 lines to make a 2 (or 4 or
> even 10) line response, you are a damn stupid, lazy specimen in my book.
>
> Would you guys who do this learn to use the delete key and trim the
> extraneous quoted stuff out of your posts!!


Exactly. It takes all of 10 seconds(max) to trim the original message. I
can't stand that kind of sheer laziness.



 
Date: 17 Jan 2009 14:12:54
From: Jason Catlin
Subject: Re: Federer running scared of Murray
On Jan 17, 5:02=A0pm, oceanau...@netlimit.com wrote:
> Federer running scared of Murray =A0- Supercharged Scot in prime shape
> for Grand Slams
>
> by Malcolm Folley
>
> With his muscular physique, relaxed mind and scintillating form, Andy
> Murray is a man without fear as greatness beckons at the Australian
> Open over the next fortnight.
>
> Murray has breached the mind of serial champion Roger Federer, tamed
> the raging bull of tennis, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, and watched Novak
> Djokovic make an unconvincing start to the year with losses in
> Brisbane and Sydney to undermine his confidence ahead of his defence
> of the title.
>
> Against this backdrop, there is an awakening within the corridors of
> tennis that Murray, who opens up against Romanian Andrei Pavel, will
> be a remorseless force from now on, not withstanding the regal
> brilliance of Federer, the marbled muscle of Nadal or the
> precociousness of Djokovic.
>
> Tim Henman, the Pom who took more than his share of ridicule in
> Australia, understands the impact Murray is making worldwide. 'I have
> no doubt in my mind that Andy will win more than one Grand Slam,' said
> Henman, who appeared in six semi-finals at Grand Slam tournaments.
>
> 'At 21, he's only scratched the surface, yet he's already No 4 in the
> world and he's won nine titles. He will achieve far better and bigger
> things than me.'
>
> The size of the shadow Murray has cast across the game ahead of the
> Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne tomorrow, can be measured
> by the discomfort being expressed by Federer.
>
> The 27-year-old from Switzerland clearly dislikes being reminded of
> the damage Murray has inflicted on him in the past three months when
> the British No 1 beat him three times in succession. Each time Federer
> led by a set.
>
> 'Usually, if I win the first set, it figures I'd win the match,' said
> Federer nine days ago, on a cool, dark night in the Arabian desert
> after Murray reduced him to a pale imitation of a man who possesses an
> enviable 13 Grand Slam titles.
>
> 'It's a disappointing statistic,' said Federer, clearly irritated,
> just as he was when he learned that Murray shared the head of the
> betting market with him.
>
> Only Nadal has condemned Federer to defeat on a similar scale. Federer
> can contend with a rivalry with the Spaniard, who beat him at the
> French Open and again in a titanic Wimbledon final; but to him, Murray
> is still a pretender without a crown. Yet Federer had to concede in
> Qatar: 'If Andy carries on like he is, he will have a shot at being No
> 1.'
>
> Federer's one win over the Scot in the past three years was claimed,
> significantly, in the US Open final four months ago, when Murray was
> hit by fatigue and stagefright. Yet Davis Cup captain John Lloyd
> suspects the balance is now heavily weighted in Murray's favour.
>
> 'Roger can't get any better,' said Lloyd, the last British player to
> appear in the Australian Open final 33 years ago. 'He's played at a
> fantastic level, but he doesn't like to play Andy nowadays. He's
> moaned out here because the bookmakers have made Andy favourite to win
> it, something that would have been unthinkable even six months ago.
>
> 'To Federer, it's ridiculous and he doesn't like it. But I think the
> fact that he wants to make a dig at Andy in public is a sign of
> Federer's increasing vulnerability where Murray is concerned.'
>
> Murray insisted: 'I don't have a problem being favourite or not. I
> guess Roger would prefer to be favourite himself, so that's absolutely
> fine. It doesn't change my mindset going into the tournament. It's
> obviously a good thing (to be seen as a threat). When you do become a
> contender for a Slam, the seedings and stuff help with your draws. It
> gives me that little bit of extra confidence.'
>
> After dispensing first with Mark Petchey, then enduring a volatile 18-
> month period with American coach Brad Gilbert, Murray has placed
> around him a group of people he likes and trusts; coach Miles
> Maclagan, fitness trainers Jez Green and Matty Little, and
> physiotherapist Andy Ireland. Murray eats with them, plays football-
> tennis with them, and works himself to a standstill when the need
> arises. His change of attitude is unmissable.
>
> Australian Rod Laver, still the only man to have won all four Grand
> Slams in the same year since tennis became professional 40 years ago,
> recalled watching Murray during his time with Gilbert.
>
> 'They were fighting each other,' he said last week. 'I sat there
> thinking: "What's going on? This is not a game of tennis." That was
> the rock bottom of his career. He is a different person now. He
> actually looks interested in the game. His knowledge is uncanny, he is
> tactically brilliant and he has amazing anticipation.'
>
> True praise, indeed. Murray presents a humble account of how he
> developed his tennis education. 'I wasn't particularly good at
> school,' he said. 'But I've always been pretty smart on court. I find
> players' weaknesses because I watched so much tennis when I was
> younger.'
>
> Nadal is aware that, in the months since the US Open where Murray beat
> him, the man from Dunblane has become an even greater threat: 'When
> you win in Cincinnati, Madrid and in Doha last week, playing against
> Federer and Andy Roddick, you are ready to win a Grand Slam
> tournament, no?'

Why *running scared*? I checked the news reports and he hasn't pulled
out of the AO yet.