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America loves Andy Murray!

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A picture (or photograph in this case) paints (or captures) a thousand words:

I wish I was as great as Andy Murray

Andy Murray has embraced America and in turn they’ve embraced him.

I’ll tell you why they’ve scheduled Murray for a Wednesday match, it’s to make it all the more glorious when he wins.

The more obstacles in Murray’s path the better.

I want this victory to go down in history as being the best of all time.  Heck, let’s go the whole hog and give Federer a one set head start in the Final.

Go Murray!

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31/08/2010 at 6:01 pm

Andy who?

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Seems Andy Murray’s management team are in emergency talks with the USTA and their inability to schedule Andy’s first round match before Wednesday.

Team Andy: ‘Yes!  Andy.  Murray.  The number 4 seed ring any bells?!’

USTA: ‘Aaaah riiiiight.  Ooops.  Slight oversight on our part!’

TA: ‘You don’t f**kin’ say!  So, can you get him on Tuesday night, late?’

USTA:  ‘Um, i’m afraid not.  The evening sessions are reserved for the players who, lets be honest, sell the tickets.  Roger was on last night.  Look good winning in straight sets, by the way.  Tonight we’ve got Coco Vandeweghe.  She’s one of our great American hopefuls.  We’re really proud of her, win or lose!’

TA:  ‘Thats great.  But what about Andy?’

USTA:  ‘Andy?  Andy who?’

If i’m being honest, I don’t think starting the tournament on Wednesday will help Andy at all.  It was in his best interest to play every other day.  Starting on Wednesday means that he’ll probably have to play Thursday evening.  Regardless as if he can get to the third round, at some point he’ll need to play two consecutive days.

Not ideal, and i’m sure Don Corleone would agree with that.

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31/08/2010 at 7:03 am

Scotland 1 – Rest of the world – 0

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That’s right folks, Andy’s fellow Scot Elena Baltacha (daughter of former St Johnstone Defender Sergei Pavlovich Baltacha) smashed her way into the second round of this years US Open.

Inflicting a crushing and devastating defeat of an opponent who bested her earlier this year at Wimbledon.

Next up is Andy.  As far as I’m concerned he can eat as many packets of monster munch as he likes.  Here’s my 5 point plan for his victory:

(1) Smash Roger Federer off the court so convincingly that it will make him consider whether his 16 grand slams weren’t some kind of extraordinary fluke

(2) Spend his free days shopping and lunching with Kim (the future Mrs Murray).  As Don Corleone said “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”

(3) Be aggressive, an invitation to the gun show again this year wouldn’t go amiss.

(4) Eat crisps for every meal.  It will be even more embarassing when Murray wins on a bad diet, when all the other so called professionals are eating healthily

(5) Drop shot as often as you like Murray.  It’s an arrogant, flashy, show off-y, lazy, skilled, maverick shot.  It will piss off the other players, because whether Murray gets it right or not, the other player still has to run it down every time.

Murray will win this tournament.  It’s his destiny.

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30/08/2010 at 9:37 pm

Murray can win a grand slam: Here’s how.

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1.  Do not use the drop-shot more than once each set. Andy is a drop-shot abuser.  It becomes very predictable, players have no problem getting to the ball, and Murray gives away too many free points with the maddening use of the drop-shot.  The modern game is about power, and a confident player wins by overwhelming the opponent.  Andy has the power. He needs to stay confident and use it, or he’ll be heading to Melbourne in search of his first grand slam title.

2. High first serve percentage. What separates the top players?  Not much, so getting as many free points from the first serve is vital if Murray is going to win in New York.  Also his second serve is the worst in the men’s game; the equivalent of taking a feather-duster to a knife fight.  The top players win to many easy points from Andy’s second serve, so a high first serve percentage is very important.

3.  Stay positive. Andy’s body language is very telling.  He has serious psychological issues (you’re not alone Alex).  It is very important that Andy wins the first set in matches against the top players to keep his chin up.  He also needs to relax his obsession about winning a grand slam.  He is good enough and he probably will win a grand slam.  He is still young (well, youngish) and has time.  These things happen when they’re meant to.  Anyway, winning only one shouldn’t be the goal of a great player.

4.  Keep court time down during the first week. Andy trains very hard, but he seems to be the type of athlete who will always have fitness issues.  Quick sets and quick matches during the first week will help resolve fitness issues.  He went through first week at the Australian Open very quickly and without dropping a set.  He made it to the final without any fitness issues.

5.  No crisps. I can’t remember every hearing a champion athlete say that a steady diet of crisps is what gives them the edge over opponents.  Andy must lay off the crisps (known as chips in New York.  Chips are french fries, or freedom fries depending on if America is at war with terrorists, who are also known as evil doers).

Good luck Andy.  I’m here to help.

If its good enough for Rafa….

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16.  8.  16.  8.  16.  8.  16.  8.  Roger.  Rafa.  Roger.  Rafa………..

For the benefit of our Swiss audience, and just so the record is straight regarding racism and stereotypes.  It is a fact that Nadal eats a plate of paella and does the macarena before matches.  Andy Murray carries his lucky pet haggis with him into the locker room and always shares his pre-match whisky with nobody, as being Scottish makes him tighter than a ducks backside.

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29/08/2010 at 5:37 am

Let’s set the record straight

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Ok, so Andy Murray tweets.  He’s not afraid of it.  It’s modern, it’s edgy.  Nadal hasn’t got time for tweets, his daily routine is roughly thus:

06:30: Get up

06:31 – 10:00 – 1 arm push ups on his left arm only

10:00 – 12:00 – 1 arm push ups on his left arm again

1 hour for lunch and a walk around Palma

13:00 – 17:00 – 1 arm push ups on his left arm yet again

1 hour for dinner and another walk around Palma

18:00 to 23:00 – 1 arm push ups on his left arm again and again

Off to bed to dream of how to do even more push ups on his left arm

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As for Federer, He’s an older gentlemen now, his pursuits are more Swiss in nature: eating Toblerons, owning a swiss army knife and enjoying the punctuality of his local train service i.e. no time for tweets.

Andy represent the youth of today and like the youth of today he’s desperate to take his elders down a peg or two.

Federer and Nadal have lost the battle before a ball has been hit in anger, and I think they both know it.

Bring on the US Open. Come On!

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28/08/2010 at 7:44 pm

Andy Murray: Steady tweeting

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So, you love your tennis and you’ve watched Andy’s meteoric rise during the past two years from 5th to 4th in world.  You can tell a first serve from a second, and you know the difference between a “C’maawn!” and “c’MOOOOOOOOON”.  But what do you know about the real Andy?

As you’ll probably never get to meet Andy, luckily you can follow him on twitter.  He is one of many public figures who use the social networking service, and it allows him to tell us a bit about himself and what he’s up to.

What can you expect?  For starters (pardon the pun) you’ll get a healthy, erm, diet of what Andy eats from day-to-day.  Yesterday for breakfast he had a bagel, an omelette, yogurt and some fruit.  Sounds yummy.

He’ll also generally let you know what times he practices his tennis at, and also that he seems to take a keen interest in his fantasy football team.  Somebody recently missed a penalty and has probably been dropped by the time you read this.

Something worth knowing is that Andy does seem to give away a lot of prizes – signed merchandise etc.  So if you’ve always wanted one of those massive gimmick tennis balls with Andy’s signature, following him on twitter could be the first step to making the dream a reality.

There are over 200 million twitter users, and they send over 600 tweets per second.  Andy Murray tweets.

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28/08/2010 at 9:14 am