Wednesday, June 1, 2011

ROLAND GARROS: The Curious Case of Andy Murray

Photo via Andy Murray's official Facebook page

So Andy Murray pulled off a miraculous how-the-heck-did-he-do-that kind of comeback against Viktor Troicki on Tuesday and he did it with a torn ankle tendon nonetheless!

The Scot said he was on as many pills as Ozzy Osbourne probably was, and the way he played Troicki on both Monday and Tuesday (the match was resumed on Tuesday cuz of darkness) makes me wonder: was the bad ankle the reason for him not dominating from the start and suffering all those service breaks, or is it just another case of Murray digging himself a hole then killing our nervous system while we watch him climb out of it??

I wrote after Murray's match against Bolelli that it was getting extremely frustrating watching Murray defend from miles behind the baseline waiting for his opponent to make a mistake or simply get bored.

While Murray was closer to the baseline against Troicki at many points during the match he still gave the Serb the confidence to dictate many points and after rallying from two sets down, the Dunblane boy was suddenly down 3-5 and on the receiving end.

When Troicki went up 30-0 while serving for the match, I really believed Murray was gone, except what happened was a textbook choke from Troicki's side.

Murray managed to do against Troicki, what Djokovic had done against him (Murray) in the Rome semifinals a few weeks ago. He stayed calm and watched his opponent decompose.

But why was Murray in that position to begin with? He's not the first player to fight back from the brink of defeat, but does he realize he is way better than being the kind of player who only fights when he is almost out? One who only attacks once every new moon?

It's true the ankle could be affecting him a lot more than it seemed on court against Troicki (he was still running all over the court) but his current game plan is too risky for my liking.

The 24-year-old now plays clay-court specialist Juan Ignacio Chela. If he knows what's good for him, he'd do anything to shorten those points against the Argentine.

I realize I've forgotten to give credit to Troicki for his performance on Tuesday. Up until the choke, he played some brilliant tennis, but I'm sure he's beating himself up pretty bad right now and I don't blame him!

Only person I feel sorry for more than Troicki today is probably the ball kid who ran on court during a point which was clearly Troicki's but was replayed anyways. Poor kid had the luck of making a mistake in the middle of a packed Suzanne Lenglen arena, that was replayed countless times on televisions worldwide! Would never wanna be in his shoes that's for sure!

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