• Murray continues Monte-Carlo run against Wawrinka

    4/17/13 11:05 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray continues Monte-Carlo run against Wawrinka World No. 2 Andy Murray is back on court to face fellow seed Stanislas Wawrinka for a place among the final eight in Monte-Carlo. The players are slated to contest their 13th career meeting on Thursday.

    World No. 2 Andy Murray holds an 8-4 series advantage over world No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka. The players are set to meet on clay for the first time since 2008.

    Murray made a strong start to the tournament with a straight-sets upending of French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The 25-year-old Scot is seeking his fourth quarterfinal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

    "It will be a tough match (against Wawrinka)," Murray explained. "Good test for me. He's played some good tennis this year. He obviously enjoys the surface, has had some good results on it in the past. I'll need to play well tomorrow to win that match."

    Wawrinka is through to the round of 16 by virtue of his 6-1, 6-1 dismissal of Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes. The 13th seed will attempt to make his third quarterfinal in Monte-Carlo.

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nadline , 4/18/13 2:06 PM

Muzza getting crushed so far.

cherylmurray , 4/18/13 2:11 PM

That set took...what? 15 minutes?

cherylmurray , 4/18/13 2:14 PM

No words, Muzza gets bagelled in 26 minutes........

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 2:14 PM

Commies going on and on about how this Muzza's only 2nd match on clay Wawa's upteenth. Who's fault is that? If Muzza wants to be a contender for RG (as he has announced) then he needs to make sure he puts in the requisite mileage on clay, especially seeing as it is his least favourite surface....

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 2:19 PM


Conspirator , 4/18/13 2:20 PM

You're getting your bakery products confused ritb. If this goes on though Andy will have a second baguette for his lunch :-(

ed251137 , 4/18/13 2:21 PM

No, he can't play any worse than he did in the 1st set, ed251137, not possible...

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 2:24 PM

Borg! <3

Muzza in trouble again.

cherylmurray , 4/18/13 2:25 PM

Bagel, breadstick........they are all carbs aren't they? Not worthy of a #2 with RG pretensions...............sorry, this Muzza display is really getting me agitated......

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 2:27 PM

This reminds me of the old days when Andy shuffled onto the court looking as though he had been dragged out of bed and wished he could go straight back there.

ed251137 , 4/18/13 2:31 PM

I thought the same thing, Ed....that he looks like he doesn't want to be there. That last game in the first set, where he lost serve, he looked like he just wanted to sit down in the chair.

cherylmurray , 4/18/13 2:37 PM

"they are all carbs aren't they? Not worthy of a #2 with RG pretensions...............sorry, this Muzza display is really getting me agitated..."

Did any of us really think he had a shot at RG anyway?
Not in this life judging from this crapola lol
But a top player and one that is nearly 26 should think about dropping the surly teenager act like forever now.

Twinge , 4/18/13 2:41 PM

So Andy goes back to #3.

nadline , 4/18/13 2:45 PM

Back to number 3 Andy, where sadly one has to say you belong :)
Or should it be 4?

Twinge , 4/18/13 2:46 PM

So no Muzza-Rafa semi have a lot of 'splaining to do, Andy.....

Novak better show up or else..........

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 2:51 PM

Andy was shocking :( Didn't even put up a fight :'(
Well played Stan.

deuce , 4/18/13 2:53 PM

Muzza better get a wild card into Barcelona fast, otherwise he will only have Rome as prep for RG..........not counting that abortion of a clay tourny, Madrid.

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 2:56 PM

That was positively dreadful. A terrible, terrible effort.

cherylmurray , 4/18/13 3:00 PM

Wawrinka has like Berdych always been a handful for Andy. Factor in the surface plus a bad day at the office and, well you can see what happens..
Actually even 2 out of the 3 would probably be enough.
Well at least he won't get beaten by Rafa yet again on a clay court but i was nevertheless looking forward to the semis.

Twinge , 4/18/13 3:04 PM

He was so not out there today he didn't even cuss and curse, let alone bash his knuckles.

ed251137 , 4/18/13 3:33 PM

expected one

RickyDimon , 4/18/13 7:10 PM

^^fair enough and it did cross my mind too.
He played very well yesterday against a poor opponent and was found out playing a good one.
But not even you could say you knew he would bow out like that surely?

Twinge , 4/18/13 8:04 PM

^^^I am curious too, Twingey. I certainly did not expect that showing by Muzza, still in shock tbh. I knew of Stan's record on clay against Muzza but that was some time ago. I guess I underestimated Stan's IMPROVEMENT on the mental side...

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 8:11 PM

Stan came to win today. I don't think Andy expected Stan's aggressive play at all, and didn't seem to have the heart to dig in. Too bad. Andy seems to be one of those guys who carry a bad loss from one tournament to another. Probably be Madrid or Rome before he gets his legs back under him again.

Maya , 4/18/13 8:56 PM

I like that description, @Maya, "Stan came to win....."

Says it all, really.

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 9:00 PM

I thought that Stan had a decent chance to win. He has always had the game to trouble the top players, but needed to get tougher mentally. He's given Rafa some tough matches in the past.

I won't see this match until the replay later today on the tennis channel, but it does seem from the comments that Stan did come in with the mindset that he could win.

Nativenewyorker , 4/18/13 9:07 PM

Andy can beat anyone and can lose to anyone. You just never know which form he is in. It goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. That's why Rafa says, apart from the technique you have to be fully mentally tuned in.

Andy was not in the zone today.

nadline , 4/18/13 9:09 PM

^^Well that is worrying, imho. You cannot just zone in and zone out just like that in the cut-throat world of the ATP Top 5. It's one thing to zone out a spell during a match, it's quite another to zone out for a whole match..........

rafaisthebest , 4/18/13 9:14 PM

I didn't expect a score like that! From the comments it appears as though Andy didn't even want to be out there.

Nativenewyorker , 4/18/13 9:38 PM

When things like that happen it makes it so tough for me to try to convince my Uncle who strongly believes tennis is fixed!! He saw the match and was so floored by the way Andy just seemed so aloof and acted like he really didnt care to win! Like my Uncle would say, why would you act that way?..............its best you just did not show up!!

Monalysa , 4/18/13 10:02 PM

I'd give a lot to know what Lendl had to say after that match.

I deeply disapprove of the French habit of displaying their displeasure by booing players but in this instance it came as no surprise. I fear Andy short-changed the paying public with such a lack-lustre performance.

ed251137 , 4/18/13 10:10 PM

Lendl was fiercely competitive and would not give less than his best. I am sure he won't be happy with Murray's performance.

I didn't know that the spectators booed Murray. Was it really a lack of effort or just a case of Andy simply not having it in this match?

Nativenewyorker , 4/18/13 11:15 PM

He played a decent first game and then checked out of the match :-(

ed251137 , 4/18/13 11:54 PM

I don't think Andy would ever tank a match. I think Stan did his homework, knew how to neutralize Andy's game and coupled that with the application of his own effective game plan and it worked. Andy had no answer and this is where you see the difference with Rafa. When Rafa is having a problem on court, you see him problem solving. You saw that in the IW final against Delpo. Muzza needs to learn that.

rafaisthebest , 4/19/13 6:46 AM

Oh crumbs. I was not implying he tanked! He would never do that. It was more like he was shell-shocked and completely lost the ability to think clearly - which is not like him because he has an acute tennis intelligence. It took me back to the 08 USO final when he was totally overwhelmed by the occasion and played way below his normal level.

One of the commentators suggested he was too aware of what was on the line i.e. his No.2 ranking but I dont go along with that. As you say, Stan was a man with a mission and Andy buckled in the face of his determination. That's what I meant when I said he checked out mentally.

ed251137 , 4/19/13 8:00 AM

It will be intriguing to see how Stan deals with Tsonga. Their two clay court encounters (both at RG) went to five sets - Stan winning the first in '011 and Tsonga the 2nd in '012.

ed251137 , 4/19/13 8:32 AM

NEVER thought u were dissing our Andy. Rumours going round he has "man flue." If he has, we won't find out for a couple of years...;)
I think he clearly lacks confidence on clay and because of that reverts to his old familiar ultra passive play. Stan was far more aggressive and it paid off.
BTW if I were a tennis fan, rather than being an Andy fan, would probably have booed as well. And wasn't he booed there a couple of years ago?
Just hope he stays injury free long enough to work out what to do on clay, but I suspect his movement will always be problematic.
Ah, the conundrum that is Andy Murray.....what EVER would I do if I supported a player who performed consistently.....well would have beautiful nails for a start...;)

deuce , 4/19/13 8:34 AM

There are only 10 points separating Murray and Federer now. If Federer doesn't win Madrid then Andy will go back to #2 even if he only makes it to the 2nd round.

What will happen if they are neck and neck on points?

nadline , 4/19/13 8:52 AM

I finally saw the match and it was ugly stuff. I don't believe Andy would ever tank a match. No way! I just think he was completely outplayed by Stan. The guy has given Rafa some challenges when he faced him. He's got the game, but never seemed to have the belief.

If I recall, didn't Stan beat Andy at the 2010 USO? I think it was in the third round, a shocker at the time. I remember that because I was worrying about Andy meeting Rafa in the semis.

I don't think it had anything to do with the #2 ranking being on the line. I don't think the players have that kind of mental process when they are in a match. As nadline said, Murray and Fed are so close and the ranking could change at Madrid. So that's not a big deal. The problem is that you never want to lose a match like this. I think Andy did seem to check out mentally.

This is going to give Stan a boost for his match with Tsonga. That should be a good one. As for Andy, there's a lot more clay tennis to be played. He's going to have to shake off this loss and continue to work to improve and feel comfortable on this surface.

Nativenewyorker , 4/19/13 9:00 AM

Well you've certainly earned your silver watch for long-term , faithful service to the Andy campaign. At the moment it seems like one step forward and two steps back ;-(

Help. ME is all he needs. Hope that is just a rumour.

Yes he was booed and heckled playing Gasquet. Uncouth lot at RG. The French dont do fair play.

ed251137 , 4/19/13 9:01 AM

Stan's service is not very potent today. Tsonga's game as usual is up and down.
Hard to call - it could still go either way.

ed251137 , 4/19/13 12:24 PM

Tsonga has just broken Stan in the 3rd set, I hope Tsonga wins this. I'd rather Rafa faced him than Stan tbh. I don't like the look of this re-born Stan...........

rafaisthebest , 4/19/13 12:40 PM

I happen to be allergic to Tsonga's on court persona and antics. All that huffing and puffing gets on my nerves. And I wince every time he does his little dance when he wins. Just saying.

ed251137 , 4/19/13 12:51 PM

Tsonga wins. The only reason I wanted him to win is that he has a pretty predictable game and I don't think he has ever given Rafa problems, especially on clay. But Rafa has to get through Dimitrov first......


rafaisthebest , 4/19/13 12:59 PM

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