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    Andy Murray 2021

    Just beaten Robin Haase in 3 sets in Rotterdam . I didn`t see first set which he lost 2 - 6 but in terms of movement and attitude he looked much better than the last time I saw him in Roland Garros . Played 5 matches in Challenger in Italy , 1 in Montpellier last week and now at least 2 this week in Rotterdam so getting competitive matches in which is what he needs . In terms of Grand Slams I can`t see him doing anything this year but if he can keep motivated in ATP 250s ( this week is 500 so a lot of ranking points at stake ) he should climb rankings soon who knows what could happen in 2022 . Him and Federer have been out for a long time and both are well into 30s but their past success has been down to talent but also attitude and ambition so think at least one of the 2 will challenge in some Grand Slams in 2021 or 2022 .


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    Quote Originally Posted by IberianHibernian View Post
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    Just beaten Robin Haase in 3 sets in Rotterdam . I didn`t see first set which he lost 2 - 6 but in terms of movement and attitude he looked much better than the last time I saw him in Roland Garros . Played 5 matches in Challenger in Italy , 1 in Montpellier last week and now at least 2 this week in Rotterdam so getting competitive matches in which is what he needs . In terms of Grand Slams I can`t see him doing anything this year but if he can keep motivated in ATP 250s ( this week is 500 so a lot of ranking points at stake ) he should climb rankings soon who knows what could happen in 2022 . Him and Federer have been out for a long time and both are well into 30s but their past success has been down to talent but also attitude and ambition so think at least one of the 2 will challenge in some Grand Slams in 2021 or 2022 .
    It's great to see Murray back competing again after what he's gone through over the last two years. He's clearly got a lot of natural ability which will see him through a lot of his matches but I'm not sure we'll see him back competing for Grand Slams again.

    He'll be 34 in two months' time and whilst Nadal and Djokovic are winning slams neither of them have gone through what Murray has.

    I'd also love to think Federer will be able to compete for a Grand Slam again but considering he will be 40 later this year I'd say that's unlikely.

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    It's great to see Murray back competing again after what he's gone through over the last two years. He's clearly got a lot of natural ability which will see him through a lot of his matches but I'm not sure we'll see him back competing for Grand Slams again.

    He'll be 34 in two months' time and whilst Nadal and Djokovic are winning slams neither of them have gone through what Murray has.

    I'd also love to think Federer will be able to compete for a Grand Slam again but considering he will be 40 later this year I'd say that's unlikely.
    Well done Andy. I still think that for the sake of his long-term health he should consider focusing on doubles. A swansong couple of years with Jamie would be hugely popular. However, that's obviously not what he's prepared to settle for.

    Nadal has had years of knee problems and was at a low ebb for a long time. He looked close to being finished in fact (and there's been some well publicised controversy around quite how he managed to overcome those problems).

    It's really just Djokovic who has benefited from an injury-free career but then he's more automaton than human. Federer, Nadal and Murray are wonderful tennis players to watch (aesthetically Federer is in a class of his own) but I never watch Djokovic. Mr anti-tennis whose mind-numbing, grinding tactics I saw described as 'the world's widest squash court wall'. I'm biased, but at his best I think Andy has the most natural ability/invention of them all.

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    Murray loses in round two of the Rotterdam tournament 7-5 6-2 to Andrey Rublev.

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    Rublev won tournament . Not sure what is Murray`s next tournament . Not Marselles this week so maybe Miami 1000 . As for GBY`s idea of Andy concentrating on doubles it`s something I`ve wondered about too though I can`t think of any other player who`s done the same so late in his / her career and his brother is a doubles specialist who`d probably want to be 100% sure it was being taken seriously .(sure it would be given how competitive Andy is ) . There are a few English doubles specialists (Salisbury , Skipski brothers ..) who have been doing well so doubt Andy would get in GB team for Olympics or Davis Cup in singles or doubles unless his results improve dramatically in coming months .

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    Quote Originally Posted by IberianHibernian View Post
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    Rublev won tournament . Not sure what is Murray`s next tournament . Not Marselles this week so maybe Miami 1000 . As for GBY`s idea of Andy concentrating on doubles it`s something I`ve wondered about too though I can`t think of any other player who`s done the same so late in his / her career and his brother is a doubles specialist who`d probably want to be 100% sure it was being taken seriously .(sure it would be given how competitive Andy is ) . There are a few English doubles specialists (Salisbury , Skipski brothers ..) who have been doing well so doubt Andy would get in GB team for Olympics or Davis Cup in singles or doubles unless his results improve dramatically in coming months .
    I think he's hoping to play in Dubai next week.

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    If he never hits another ball, for me he's been the greatest Scottish, possibly British sportsman ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hibby View Post
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    If he never hits another ball, for me he's been the greatest Scottish, possibly British sportsman ever.
    Now there's a debate.

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    Now there's a debate.
    Which I won't enter into..😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hibby View Post
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    If he never hits another ball, for me he's been the greatest Scottish, possibly British sportsman ever.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hibby View Post
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    If he never hits another ball, for me he's been the greatest Scottish, possibly British sportsman ever.
    He's definitely up there.

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