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Andy Murray Can Lead Great Britain to Victory - December-07
Tim Henman believes Andy Murray can lead Great Britain to tennis glory in the Davis Cup. Murray will take on the captain role and bring Britain back into the world group after the victory over Croatia three months back. Henman explained that “You are going to need to be mentally resilient, but plenty have done it in the past and I’m sure Andy will do it in the future. It’s a physical challenge playing five sets over three days.” Playing Argentina in February Henman said “ Argentina have amazing strength in depth and home advantage playing on clay is a tough task for us.” VTennis.co.uk looks forward to following Andy Murray in his pursuit for Victory!
Davis Cup Winners Table
1). United States = Thirty two wins, with the last win in 2007.
2). Australia = Twenty eight wins, with the last win in 2003.
3). Great Britain Nine wins, with the last win in 1936.
4). France = Nine wins, with the last win in 2001.
5). Sweden = Seven wins, with the last win in 1998.
6). Germany = Three wins, with the last win in 1993.
7). Russia = Two wins, with the last win in 2006.
8). Spain = Two wins, with the last win in 2004.
9). Croatia = One win, with the last win in 2005.
10). Czech Republic = One win, with the last win in 1980.
Andy Murray Wins San Jose Open - February-07
After a hard fort battle Andy Murray retained his San Jose Open title for the second consecutive year. Wining six – seven, six – four and seven – six after being a set down and a break in the second set in two and half hours. Murray was delighted to win his second ATP Tour title beating Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic.
Murray commented that: “On a court as fast as this, I’ve had to play some big servers so it’s about mental strength”.
“You have to play a great tournament to win, regardless of how well you’re hitting the ball. But you do have to strike the ball pretty well and I think I did that this week.”
Commenting on the future Murray explained: “I think I have more experience this year. I am looking forward to the clay-court season.”
“This year I have won all three-set matches I’ve played. So that’s the key sticking in their in tough matches.”
Andy Murray vs Rafael Nadal - January-07
Andy Murray is heading for a fascinating fourth round clash with Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. After his win over Juan Ignacio Chela six-three, six-two, six-four.
He commented on his victory and upcoming tennis tie with Rafael Nadal;
"I served great the whole match and once I started to find my range from the ground, I started to make him do a lot of running and hit a lot of winners today."
Regarding Rafael Nadal :
"I'm looking forward to it," said Murray.
"It'll be a good test for me to see how well I do against him. I want to see what problems I can cause for him.”
"If I play like I did tonight, it's going to be close match."
"I played very well,"
Magnificent Murray Marches On - January-07
Andy Murray off to a magical start in Australia as he wins his opening tennis match six-zero, six-zero six one over Spain’s Alberto Martin. This was there first meeting of both tennis players and Murray just blew his contender out of the water in a great first tournament match. The exceptional hot temperatures meant Murray was moved indoors which seemed to be a positive for him.
Andy Murray now ranked 16 th in the world commented by saying “It was pretty easy. I was expecting a tough match, but it gave me a chance to play my shots and I thought I played pretty smart.”
Andy will play Fernando Verdasco or Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round.
Andy Murray Defeats Andy Roddick at Wimbledon - July-06
Andy Murray was in stunning form as he defeated the Wimbledon number three seed Andy Roddick in an amazing show of tennis skill in straight sets.
Murray is still only nineteen and un-seeded at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. However, this is likely to change after he played the best tennis of his career to date, playing against one of the hardest hitters in the game. Andy Roddick found it hard to read Murray’s game and even with his powerful shots he found it difficult to break him down.
Andy Murray succeeded in the game by returning a significant amount of powerful first and second serves. Murray also played with great courage and tactics as he moved the tennis ball with easy around the court mixing up his play and keeping Roddick guessing. The seven-six, six-four, six-four win is the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
Andy Murray paid tribute to Andy Roddick after the tennis match and commented that; “To get into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time is great.”
“If I play like that I think I've got a good chance of winning my next match”
Therefore, "I am pretty excited just now. I think that has got to be my best win,
beating a two-time Wimbledon finalist."
Andy Murray Starts Wimbledon in an Impressive Opener - June-06
Playing Chilean, Nicolas Massu in the first round Andy Murray won in comfort and style: six-one, six-four, and six-four in one hour fifty three minutes.
Murray will play either Bjorn Phau or Julien Benneteau in the second-round.
Andy looks as if he has arrived at Wimbledon in good form and playing consistent tennis. However, it is only the first round and fans will remain realistic but, optimistic of his tennis run in the following weeks.
His form on centre court was excellent as he dominated the match against the 31st-seed opponent. Murray mixed up his game at the right times with a wide range of drop and sliced shots.
Andy Murray Wins in a Magnificent Final against Lleyton Hewitt - Feb-06
Andy Murray wins his first ATP tournament in San Jose after a magnificent 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) win over Lleyton Hewitt. This win pushes Andrew Murray up to forty seventh place in the world after this tournament win.
Andy Murray started the match tentatively and consequently had his serve broken three times in the opening set of the match. After Hewitt took the first set convincingly two-six Murray seemed to lose all his previous nerves and began to go for his shots and making better shot selections.
This improvement led him to an impressive six-one come back in the second set. The third set Murray continued in impressive form forcing Hewitt in retreat. Hewitt managed to save two match points with aces at four-five and five-six in the third and final set to force a tie-break. Andy Murray may have lost out in the tie breaker after being ahead throughout the third set but won convincingly seven-three.
Andy Murray commented on the match,
"I felt like I was getting my chances with the points in the first set, but then I was making a few too many mistakes and errors,"
“It was important for me to break in the first game of the second set. I didn't want to play catch-up with a guy as good as Lleyton. When I got that break, it gave me a little confidence.”
"I like to change the pace of the ball, play the slice, play some soft, some hard and I usually return well. If you keep that up for the match, you should get quite a few chances to break."
“He obviously didn’t serve as well as he can, I don’t know if that was because I was returning very well or if he just wasn’t feeling as confident as he normally was.”
This is Andrew Murray’s second career victory over a top 10 opponent since beating Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of SAP Open.
Andy Murray beats Andy Roddick in Semi Final Clash - Feb-06
Andy Murray ranked sixty beat world number three in the SAP Open Semi-Finals with an amazing, victory over Andy Roddick of the USA . The 7-5, 7-5 triumph is the best result of his tennis career against a top seeded player.
This tennis match means that Andrew Muarry has become the youngest tournament winner since Michael Chang aged sixteen in 1988.
In the first set of the match, Andy Roddick served fast however, Murray broke Roddick's serve for a five-four advantage. Murray then won a point after returning from a one hundred and thirty-six mph serve. This highlighted that Murray was not going to be overpowered by the Roddick's rocket serves. In the final game, Andy Murray held serve to win the first set.
In the second set the intensity was high with both tennis players wanting to win. Andy Murray broke Roddick's serve to gain a three-two lead. Before the final game, Murray roared in anticipation of a famous victory and managed to maintain his cool to beat a top ten opponent for the first time in four attempts.
Andy Roddick's big serve was Murray’s main concern during the match however, he handle the pace with understanding, as he returned the powerful shots no matter how hard it they were hit. This frustrated Roddick as it affected his game plan and left him vulnerable to counter attacks on the Murray return of serve.
“I have so much respect for a guy like Roddick. He's achieved so much,” Murray commented after the tennis match. “It's great just to be on the court with him. To beat him is amazing.”
Andy Murray explained that his service returns were key to the match.
“He obviously didn't serve as well as he can. I don't know if that was because I was returning very well or if he just wasn't feeling as confident as he normally was.”
Andy Murray now moves on to the final were he will play Lleyton Hewitt.
“I'm really looking forward to playing my match tomorrow because now that I've won against a top 10 player, it gives me the confidence knowing I can do it because I've had chances against top 10 players before and I haven't taken them.”
This will be Andy Murray’s second final following the defeat to Roger Federer at the Thailand Open in 2005. Murray is likely to push into world's top fifty when the new tennis rankings come out on Monday. Murray’s comments on the subject were,
“You want to be pushing your ranking in the right direction and to get into the top 50 is a pretty decent achievement at 18 years of age”
“It's come pretty quickly but I feel like I deserve it.”
“I didn't have the best start to the year but I've been working very hard and I just had to get a few matches under my belt, get a bit of confidence.”
Commenting on his prospects in the up and coming Final Andy Murray explained,
“I will probably have to play my best match to beat him"
“He is a double Grand Slam champion, he is in the top 10 of the world and I don't think he has dropped a set this week and he is playing pretty well, but I'm going to go out and try to play one of my best matches."
Andy Murray Reaches Semi-finals of SAP Open in San Jose - Feb-06
Andy Murray lost the opening set to Robin Soderling of Sweden and suffered from a break down in the second set. However, Andrew Murray fought determinedly in order to brake back into the match of which he succeeded and levelled the match at one all.
In the final set Andy Murray etched out an early break however, Soderling managed to level the tennis match back to four-four. Murray successfully broke him once again to serve out a gutsy 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
Murray's next opponent will be a Semi-Final clash with Andy Roddick of the USA.
“I started off pretty badly,”
“I had a late-night match on Thursday and I didn't get to sleep until about 11 o'clock . I returned pretty well in the last two sets .”
“I was trying to get myself going because I started the match so sloppy”
“It obviously worked. I was a little frustrated at the four or five bad calls on big points.”
“You don't want to be unpopular on tour, but when you are on the court you have to do what you have to do to win.” Explained Andy Murray.