Posted by: Paul | January 26, 2010

Murray on a roll

More Aussie Open thoughts…

Saw bits and pieces of the Murray vs Nadal match this morning. I wasn’t hopeful in the build-up – with the British players I still always feel there’s that nagging lack of self-belief which means they ultimately fail. But I thought if Murray could win the first set he’d be in with a shout, as he has beaten Nadal before and knows his game well.

And so it proved. The first set was a bit of a ding-dong so to speak, service breaks one way and then the other, with Murray ultimately coming out on top – a promising start. As expected, Nadal started to come back into it in the second set but his old knee injury began to cause problems and Murray gathered steam. I think even without Nadal’s retirement early in the third set he would have gone on to win the match – he played very well and had that little bit of luck which seems to favour the in-form players, and you need a bit of luck on your side sometimes to win titles.

So he’s in a great position now – a semi final against Marin Cilic who has just come from a difficult five setter against Andy Roddick. Murray has played less tennis and will be fresher, and must be a strong favourite to reach his first final! Come on Andy!

Elsewhere, Roger Federer’s inexorable progress seems destined to land him in the final yet again. Could this be the year for the Fed clean sweep? Who could begrudge him an amazing achievement like that?

In the women’s draw I, and probably most other spectators, was stunned at the manner of Kim Clijsters exit. The ultimate bad day at the office! Great to see Henin back and doing so well though, and wonderful that the raw power of the Williams sister has some decent competition again after a couple of years of boredom. Before last year’s US Open it was unusual to see a terribly competitive women’s match at the slams – hopefully now this will all change.

Can’t wait for the weekend and being able to watch televised Tennis again!

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