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Andy Murray’s Radical Messenger Competition Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered Andy Murray’s Head Radical Messenger Competition.

The winners of the prizes are as follows.

HEAD Microgel Raptor OS Raquet – Kimberley Stone

HEAD Radical Backpack – Victor Storey

HEAD limited edition wristband – Claire Constable

Andy Murray’s Radical Messenger Competition

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ANDY MURRAY’S Head Radical Messenger application offers you the chance of winning three top prizes.

The fun new app features Murray talking about his new racket – the YouTek Radical Pro as well as some amusing sketches with the British number one.

To enter log on to www.radicalmessenger.head.com, follow the on screen instructions and click on ‘shoot your friends a message’.

Write in thetenniscentre@london.com as a recipent and then include the answer to the following question in your message..

What is Andy Murray’s current world ranking? 

The three correct entries drawn out at random will win either a Microgel Raptor OS Raquet, a HEAD Radical backpack or a HEAD limited edition wrist band.

So what are you waiting for?! Click here now to be in with a chance of winning some top Head equipment.

The competition will run until September 26.

Is ‘Murray Mania’ madness?

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It would appear that Andy Murray’s latest accomplishment’s have caught the eye of one or two of the tabloid papers…No surprises there! 

In past years the British public has always become rather excited with the ambitious hopes of a Brit lifting the trophy at Wimbledon.  ‘Henmania’ captured the nation for two weeks (well actually normally only about 8 days for Tim) and we all seem to be wishing the same of our latest British hopefull.

Andy Murray, though, is a different kettle of fish.  His latest conquest at Queens was his first title on grass and having seen Djokovic lose to Tommy Haas on the surface last week, he will fancy his chances this year at SW19.  

‘Shouldn’t he be more concerned with Nadal and Federer?’  I hear you ask.  To be honest…not really, would be my answer.  Federer has been defeated by Murray on their last four encounters and Andy has seemingly learnt how to beat the former world number one (Just keep hitting to his backhand).  Rafa’s well documented injury problems have no doubt given Murray renewed optimism ahead of the most famous grass court tournament in the game.  The two have also been practising together on grass this week which will definitely be more beneficial to Andy, being able to establish how, and to what extent the injury is affecting Rafa’s game.

So, at the risk of sounding like just about every sports reporter in the country, it would appear ‘Murray Mania’ is justified…Andy Murray CAN win Wimbledon.

 

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Nadal dominates Murray

murray122Frankly the Indian Wells final was embarassing to watch.

The wind was horrific and Murray simply couldn’t cope. However this contest certainly did not decide who is the overall better player.

This match decided who was the better player in gale force winds which was always going to be Nadal due to his technique which allows for a high margain of error.

Murray was forced to serve at 3/4 speed throughout the match as it was just impossible to apply any pace due to the fact the ball was being blown all over the shop when he threw up.

If I was in the crowd for that match I would have been so disappointed as it wasn’t very nice to watch at all. Just knowing how much the wind was effecting Murray really put a downer on the spectacle.

Unsurprisingly Murray got very angry and I can totally sympathise with him as playing in ridiculous winds is probably the most annoying thing in the world when you are losing.

Nadal seemed to cope fine with the conditions and his spinny serve held up perfectly. He did not face a single break point throughout the match. It was like a home coming for him considering he grew up playing on the wind swept coast of Mallorca.

Australian Open Review :: Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco was the surprise package of the Australian Open and I am now wondering if he can follow up this performance in the coming year.

How many players do you see who have a brilliant run in  a big tournament and then fail to bring their best form to any other event afterwards.

For example Kohlschrieber, Nieminen and Tipsarevic in the 2008 Australian Open and how about Rainer Scheuttler and Arnaud Clement at last year’s Wimbledon. 

The Spaniard, despite being a top 30 player for the last four years, has never really lit any tournament alight with only two singles titles in his career.  Two. 

The other surprising fact is that the last of his title wins came in 2004 in Valencia so to summarise he is currently ranked ninth in the world and hasn’t won a title for five years.

The one thing to Verdasco’s credit that I have noticed through looking at his results is that has delivered consistent performances reaching the last 16 and quarter finals in a number of events throughout his time on the professional circuit.

He played quite simply unbelievable tennis in Australia to beat Tsonga and Murray and then he came so close to upsetting Nadal. His shot making was at a level I had not seen before and against Nadal, although he fired around double the amount of winners, his legs would carry him no more and the more resilient (hacker!) Nadal prevailed.

For me Nadal was always going to win the final as he now has Federer’s number. The main fact being that Federer has a definite weakness in the backhand side and Nadal exploits it brilliantly. 

Federer wants to be known as the best player ever and he needs to win two more grand slam titles to prove this and I have my doubts as whether he will achieve this goal.

Andy Murray – Grand Slam Champion 2009?

Despite Andy Murray’s slightly disappointing performance at the Tennis Masters Cup, there is no doubt he has cemented his place at the top of the game and will stay there for years to come.

Murray lost out to Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-final in Shanghai after tiring himself out beating Roger Federer in an epic three-hour encounter the day before.

In previous years I have never been a massive supporter of Murray due to his erratic performances, injuries and dodgy serve. Thankfully he spent time working on his physical condition before the start of the season with rigorous fitness and weight training sessions.

As a result of some serious hard work, it all came together in the second half of the year when he proved just how gifted he is, and I am now totally behind the seriously talented Scot. I would go as far to say that he is the best player in the world at the moment as he is able to play at the highest level for longer than anyone else due to his phenomenal fitness levels.

Once he got the clay-court season out of the way there was no stopping him as he delivered a number of amazing performances, coming back to win from seemingly perilous positions. If there was a tennis dictionary, under the definition of grinder it would just read ‘Andrew Murray’.

There is absolutely no question that the turning point of Murray’s year came when he fought back from two sets down against Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon. This match had the most amazing atmosphere I have ever experienced with the crowd, for the first time, really interacting and feeding off Murray’s every move.

Read my article in full at Sportingo.com

Machine like Davydenko advances into final

I suspected Murray would be tired today and he certainly was. He was spotted looking blankly at his team in the third game after a losing a long rally.

In my previous post I wrote :: “The question is, will Murray be tired for his next match tomorrow against Nikolay Davydenko? He certainly can’t play any better than he did today and if Davydenko, who has had a day to prepare, plays as well as he did in his last match I think we could be seeing the Russian advance into the final.”

 His 3 hour marathon match with Federer was energy sapping and it showed today as he could not keep up with the barrage of quality coming from his opponent. Davydenko was simply stunning from the back of the court and Murray had no answers.

The Russian hit with such high intensity and precision and he was clearly prepared to hit forehands and backhands all day until Murray faded. He is comfortable off both wings and his shot technique is impeccable. I became a fan of ‘Davy’ after he won the Miami Masters event dominating Nadal in the final last March. Read the post here.

He isn’t as consistently good as the top four players in the world however when he’s at his best he certainly matches up with them.

He faces Djokovic in the final who has looked shaky this week. Despite the fact he lost to the Serb in the group stage I’m going to predict Davydenko will take the title.