Posted by: Paul | November 22, 2010

Murray makes a winning start to End of Year

Glad to have some tennis back on TV before the winter break. At the ATP Tour Finals at the O2 in London yesterday, Andy Murray comprehensively dismantled world number 4 Robin Soderling in straight sets, putting him in a strong position to qualify for the semi finals despite having Roger Federer still to play. Federer himself dispatched David Ferrer in straight sets, conceding just one game fewer than Murray to put him top of Group B, but with Murray apparently bringing his ‘A’ game against Soderling you would not expect Ferrer to beat him.

It’s been a mediocre year for Murray, falling at the Grand Slam hurdles once more despite having reached another final (Australia), but picking up one or two other trophies. Still only 23 he clearly feels he has something to prove at the end of season event, hopefully finishing the year with the same title Tim Henman once won before the tournament was rebranded from the ‘Masters’ series.

The BBC is showing once match every day this week, and once more I feel fortunate to be at home and able to catch the coverage! What with the Ashes in Australia also beginning later this week and the Premier League / Champions League hotting up for the Hotspurs, it’s a bumper winter for sport.

The O2 looks like a great venue for tennis. Massive but also at the same time quite intimate, I think if Murray were to make it to the final the atmosphere would be quite something. It all makes me wish for Freeview HD to come to our region 8 months early, July next year will also mean I miss out on Wimbledon 2011 in HD, which is annoying!

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