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  • Murray holds off Lopez

    9/1/12 11:50 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray holds off Lopez
    World No. 4 Andy Murray is through to the round of 16, having outlasted 30th seed Feliciano Lopez in four sets. The Scot awaits either 15th seed Milos Raonic or former World No. 4 James Blake in the next round.


    Third seed Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round after ousting Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on Saturday. The 25-year-old struck 16 aces and 53 winners through to a 7-6(5), 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4) victory.

    A well-timed backhand winner gave Murray a 6-4 edge in the fourth-set tie-break. Lopez hit an errant dropshot, sealing the win for the World No. 4 in three hours and 53 minutes. Murray ended the third-round match with three of 12 break points converted.

    He will take on 15th seed Milos Raonic or veteran American James Blake for a place in the quarterfinal.

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Not even going behind the sofa on Monday. Raonic gonna have muzz for dinner - all they've gotta do is play the way they've been playing :-(

alex , 9/2/12 12:29 AM


Muzzette looked spent.

pennster , 9/2/12 4:09 AM


alex,

Come on, don't lose hope! Murray knows what he's going to be up against with Raonic. Murray has a great ROS and that should serve him well. He also must serve well and hold at all costs.

I wouldn't judge him by the match against Lopez. Although Lopez hasn't done much this year, he can still be trouble with his big serve and backhand. Sometimes a guy can just come out in the early rounds and play very well. It sounds like Andy didn't play his best.

But the good news is that he is still in this thing! So hang in there and don't say that it's over before the match has even started.

Nativenewyorker , 9/2/12 8:56 AM


Exactly NNY, one match at a time alex. Take consolation from the fact that Andy still won even though for most of the match he played worse than Lopez.

deuce , 9/2/12 9:28 AM


I think this match showed what Lopez is capable of but also that he lacks that something that stops him from really challenging the top players, I mean he could have beaten Murray! I've always liked his playing style as well!

In terms of the Raonic match if Murray doesn't improve Raonic has a real chance to make the next step here.

rbennett , 9/2/12 10:01 AM


too smug Murray will win

congrats GS champion

tennisnba , 9/2/12 10:28 AM


rbennett, 9/2/12 10:01 AM,

I think Lopez doesn't have the smarts or mental toughness to challenge the top players. I also don't believe he can play consistently well enough to go deep in slams. It sounds like he lost an opportunity to pull of the upset against Murray, but that's kind of the way of it with Lopez.

Murray will have to play better than he did against Lopez. For a young kid, Raonic has mental strength and poise. He won't be intimideate. He's young, hungry and that serve will be a fearsome weapon.

Murray has the shots to neutralize Raonic but he will definitely need to step it up for this one.

Nativenewyorker , 9/2/12 11:17 AM


NNY - I agree that's what I meant when I said he lacked that 'something', couldn't think of how to word it though so thanks! I definately think Lopez has the game though!

Agree with the rest of your post, I would not enjoy playing Raonic!

rbennett , 9/2/12 2:41 PM


If I've said this once I've said it a thousand times, Raonic's game is very shallow, heavily dependent on his serve. Blake beat himself yesterday by making UEs at crucial points. Murray has a great ROS and in a best of 5 sets, once he starts returning Raonic's serve, Raonic will begin to panic and will start serving DFs then he'll be there for the taking.

nadline , 9/2/12 3:02 PM


Milos will be Top 10 next year but muzz will take advantage of too many unforced errors from The Missile. Milos has the talent but never stays mentally strong through out a full match against the Top 4. Until he deals with the unforced errors which I believe are mostly mental, he won't threaten the Top 4 in best of five matches. That's why the Slams are so significant.

Muzzard in four.

Conspirator , 9/2/12 4:09 PM


Agree with the rest of your post, I would not enjoy playing Raonic!
rbennett , 9/2/12 2:41 PM

But then you are no Murray!

nadline , 9/2/12 4:28 PM


The one consolation is that muzz never seems to start out well, and often doesn't seem to want to play any better than he absolutely has to on a given day, then raises his game as opponents get tougher. But it's just not a good approach in a slam, where 4 hour matches in the heat in week 1 is not on, especially where the match was his for the taking after 2 hours.
if muzz does get ahead against raonic, he needs to remember it's cilic next, then fed ... and get the thing wrapped up and off court as quickly as he can, instead of mental walkabouts.
if muzz thinks doing just enough to get through/autopilot mode is a means of conserving energy, hopefully he'll realise that by the end of the match, it costs him more energy than it saves.
Hopefully the week-end will have been long enough to recharge.

alex , 9/2/12 6:02 PM


Like your optimism nadline, but Andy winning depends on:
whether he's OK physically, whether his serve is firing, what time of day or night the match is played and which court.
So you see, easy peasy......;)

deuce , 9/2/12 8:01 PM


Murray always has such problems during USO. His 2008 was his best showing. He had problem with his wrist and lost in R4 to Marin in 2009; lost to Stan in R3 in 2010 when he felt a bit lethargic; lost to Rafa in the SF last year but before that was struggling to beat Haase. It seems that he's not in tip top condition when arriving at the USO. I hope he does overcome Raonic and Cilic (hopefully Cilic gets past Klizan; though I like Cilic but I don't he could beat Murray). It will be nice to see a Murray/Fed semifinal and see how Murray does against Fed when it's not a slam final.

luckystar , 9/3/12 5:11 AM


In 2008 Andy had the advantage of two weeks preparation in NY while the rest of the field were still flogging their guts out in Bejiing! Whilst his success at the London games will have helped lay some of the demons to rest he will, at the same time, have been left emotionally drained.

Hope he follows Alex's advice!

ed251137 , 9/3/12 8:28 AM



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