Monday, September 08, 2008

Hail Murray

"...the career of Andy Murray has just begun and based upon what I have seen he could well be basically anything he wants to be; his shot-making abilities are phenomenal. ......I have every confidence he will be going head-to-head with the very best for the next decade." (New York Addick, Sep 2006)

The shot-making abilities that I identified two years ago, are now aligned with exceptional speed and deep reserves of stamina. As a result, we have a truly world-class sportsman to be proud of, and his finest moment has just occurred in a stadium visible from my building's rooftop.

Those who continue to bemoan his alleged anti-English sentiments really need to get a life; his hardly earth-shattering comments after all were meant as a joke, and were made whilst he was a opinionated teenager.

He's one of ours, a damned talented sportsman and for once has the killer instinct that we've been crying out for. Just deal with it, just like you did when Chris Hoy (birthplace: Edinburgh) brought home three golds from Beijing.

The scoreline suggests that the match against Nadal was considerably closer than it really was. In truth, Murray dominated from start to finish, generating an incredible number of break points, and never allowed the Spaniard to play from the front foot (as he had done in great style at Wimbledon).

Tennis purists meanwhile, regardless of their patriotism, can surely simply enjoy watching one of the most naturally gifted players of a generation. In a game that is so often dominated (ruined) by big servers with zero panache like Andy Roddick, we can now witness a Grand Slam finalist whose most potent weapon is arguably his drop shot.

When rallying from the baseline meanwhile, Murray demonstrates the type of variety which can unnerve even the likes of Nadal, eking out unforced errors by preventing opponents from attaining a rhythm.

With the inevitably dull women's final about to start, it's just a shame that no-one in their game (at least since Henin retired), has realised that there are other ways to win than merely walloping the ball from both flanks.

Luckily thanks to the talented likes of Murray, but also Djokovic, Gasquet, and Ferrer amongst others, men's tennis is currently as interesting as it has ever been. Keep a long-term eye out too for 18-year old Japanese player Kei Nishikori, as talented a prospect as Murray.

It is appropriate that Andy Murray's attire is adorned with the name of the last Brit to win a Grand Slam, Fred Perry in 1936. With many fans hoping for a Nadal/Federer final, combined with the odd 5pm start on a Monday, plenty of re-sale tickets are available for the final. It's highly tempting despite the lofty asking prices, although I intend to wait until at least lunchtime incase any cheeky free corporate tickets miraculously find their way to me.

As the rain poured down here on Saturday night, it was curious to investigate the odds on both the rest of the Nadal/Murray match, and the overall men's singles. Murray was considered a 4/6 favourite (not surprising given his two-set lead), but Nadal was still considered a more likely overall winner than Murray was. This reflected of course the belief (incorrect in my view) that Federer would far sooner face Murray than Nadal.

Despite having only played each other three times, Murray has a 2-1 win/loss record over the amazing Swiss, and with Nadal having brought Federer's 5-year winning streak to an end at Wimbledon, it'd be a brave man to bet against Murray's momentum ending his 4-year streak at Flushing Meadow.


At 8:03 AM, Blogger charlton north-downs said...

New York Im a fully pledged fan and It is nice to have a top tennis players of only 21

At 9:11 AM, Blogger charlton north-downs said...

Just to add- your prediction of two years ago is coming to fruition-Looking forward to tonights final I just hope the nerves don't get to Murray.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I expressed my opinion of him on C.N.D's blog, and i stick by it.
His anti-English comments (like so many Scots) only became a 'joke' when he realised how unpopular he was making himself.
He may be one of yours N.Y. But he ain't one of mine. I'm English not British. I support my nation not a foreign one.
Did you see the homecoming of Chris Hoy? The Scottish Saltire flying all around, not a single Union (British) flag.
This is blog is a sport (actually football) blog. So you won't want to read politics on here. But you need to know N.Y. the country you left is changing, rapidly.

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Frankie Valley said...

Great game. Great result. Great guy. Great Britain. Everything was just great.

Well nearly everything. Them sideburns - they're not so great are they? Take my advice, Andy - LOSE THE FACIAL HAIR.

At least until you're a real man ;-)

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can i just take you back to the article you wrote during wimbledon:

funny how you change your tune when he wins. TWAT!

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

Irony still not your strong point then.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous redneck said...

Daggs...mate, grab your gun and get down in your cellar - they're coming over the hill, I've seen them....

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

Anonymous, you will find this was the non-ironic article I wrote a day before the ironic one you referred to:

Are the following statements from the above consistent enough for you?:

"Ever the contrarian, I can't help but like Andy Murray; any true tennis fan would because he plays the game with such style and flair. Of course he's dour (he's Scottish after all, just like our PM), but he's only 21-years old, fabulously talented and could be dominant in a major global sport for several years."

"We should be embracing him, yet it seems it's not the British way to embrace those blessed with the type of single-mindedness required to genuinely succeed. The attitude towards Lewis Hamilton for example seems similarly indifferent, as it was towards Nick Faldo, Lennox Lewis, Linford Christie etc.. Not surprisingly each excelled in individual sports where the feckless are soon found out, hence the highly-driven attitude."


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