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Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:15 pm

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic - both for first French Open win

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:30 pm

Good quality early doors from Andy. If he can keep this level up, he has a real chance.

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Re: French Open Day 15: Can Handy Andy Make a Joke out of the Djoker?

Post by Guest82 on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:32 pm

Unbelievable stuff from Murray here.

Only way Djokovic can win a point is with drop shots. Murray not missing.

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:35 pm

Andy sending a message with these bludgeoned forehands. Novak knows he's in a match now. Just a question of how he responds. Early signs of pressure weighing on the shoulders.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:35 pm

Andy with the upperhand early doors. Very encouraging. thumbsup
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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:37 pm

Statement of the obvious, but got to feel this set is absolutely critical to Andy's chances. Novak a pretty awesome front-runner.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:39 pm

This is chaos. Would someone please merge the two threads or delete one?
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Re: French Open Day 15: Can Handy Andy Make a Joke out of the Djoker?

Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:49 pm

Important hold. As things stand, the bookies all have the odds to win for the match very close to 50/50.

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:50 pm

Massive hold! Novak starting to push Andy back in rallies, but he clings on. Both players look to be hitting a clean ball.

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:54 pm

Great stretch volley from Andy!

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:00 pm

Murray takes the first set 6-3. Great stuff. Now key is how the second set starts.
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Re: French Open Day 15: Can Handy Andy Make a Joke out of the Djoker?

Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:01 pm

Bit of controversy there, but Andy keeps his focus and takes the set. Would still say it's close to 50/50, but very promising signs for the Murray brethren.

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:05 pm

Could be wrong, but think that Andy is 2-1 in slam finals having won the first set.

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Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:06 pm

What a point. Throughout the point I thought he was capable of winning it.

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Post by whocares on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:07 pm

Andy really does return everything ...
Must be tiring even for someone like Novak.

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Post by Honda45 on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:07 pm

Come on Andy, crush himmmmmmm for goodddddd

(JHM, steady now...)

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:08 pm

Novak escapes from that service game. Some cracking stuff at times.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:11 pm

CaledonianCraig wrote:This is chaos. Would someone please merge the two threads or delete one?

Ill stay on this one CC

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:12 pm

Andy's inside out forehand continuing where he left off against Stan. Really crunching it into the corner.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:13 pm

Cmon Andy just keep your head

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:14 pm

That could be a momentum changer. Novak fending off break points and then immediately breaking.

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Re: French Open Day 15: Can Handy Andy Make a Joke out of the Djoker?

Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:14 pm

Murray lost his way in that game and Djokovic breaks to lead 2-0. He wasn't hitting with variety either.
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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:15 pm

Lack of concentration.. needs to rally the forces again

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Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:15 pm

Hm had a feeling he might double fault there.

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Re: French Open Day 15: Can Handy Andy Make a Joke out of the Djoker?

Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:16 pm

That second serve to get broken didn't even look close. A shame as played a great match up to that point. Could be a turning point...maybe....

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Re: French Open Day 15: Can Handy Andy Make a Joke out of the Djoker?

Post by Danny_1982 on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:18 pm

Drop in intensity, and suddenly the second set looks to be running away from him!

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:18 pm

Do we think Andy believes he can do this over 5 sets? Suspect he needs to close this out over 4. Has had an alarming tendency to wilt when going long against Novak in recent times.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:19 pm

Is Andy's want greater than Novak's need ??

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Re: French Open Day 15: Can Handy Andy Make a Joke out of the Djoker?

Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:20 pm

Bookies now have Djokovic as clear favourite - 65-70% chance to win

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Post by Danny_1982 on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:21 pm

Aut0Gr4ph wrote:Do we think Andy believes he can do this over 5 sets? Suspect he needs to close this out over 4. Has had an alarming tendency to wilt when going long against Novak in recent times.

Novak would outlast Andy if it went to five. He outlasts everyone.

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Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:21 pm

If it goes to 2 set all, I think you'd give Andy a fair chance in a 1-set shootout. It's not like he's really known for being a mentally or physically weak player.

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Re: French Open Day 15: Can Handy Andy Make a Joke out of the Djoker?

Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:22 pm

He blew it at the end there but there were signs on that point, with Novak's ball striking, that his level is going up a little here.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:23 pm

Prior to this tournament I might have agreed with you but seeing
Andy v Stepanek, not so sure

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:23 pm

Big hold that from Murray but still a break down in this set.
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Post by Born Slippy on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:24 pm

Dip in intensity for a few games but recovered very well in that game. Critical game coming here.

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:24 pm

Determined hold from Andy and the set is still alive.

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Post by Born Slippy on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:27 pm

Frustrating game for Andy. Couple of loose errors and two very unhelpful net cords.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:27 pm

Easy hold for Djokovic. Murray leads 6-3 1-4.
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Post by ALPanorak on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:28 pm

Complete role reversal now from the first set, Andy's become loose and Novak's just keeping it solid and taking the initiative with anything short. I'm liking the variety in Djokovic's strategy today

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:28 pm

Henman Bill wrote:Bookies now have Djokovic as clear favourite - 65-70% chance to win
That's surprising given the 2nd set is still up for grabs. Even 1 set all would not be a terrible position for Andy.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:28 pm

He is suffering with Rafa's problem.. secondsetonitis Rolling Eyes

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Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:31 pm

The crowd atmosphere today seems different. More keyed in, tense, quiet but not in a polite way, more shouting out, even at wrong moments, cheers after an error and so on.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:33 pm

Well that is the second set gone. Novak has got Andy playing the game he wants. Andy has to start serving better and play with variety.
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Post by Danny_1982 on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:33 pm

Ok, set is gone. Has to find that intensity again or this will race away from him.

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Post by Henman Bill on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:35 pm

The crowd have also clearly been on Djokovic's side in set 2 (or could just be a few vocal people). Assuming he wins the set, it will be interesting to see in set 3 if that support continues - in other words has it been real support for Novak, or just want to make sure they get their money's worth.

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Post by Aut0Gr4ph on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:35 pm

And there's the double-break. Expect Andy to check out of this set now. On positive note, probably better for Andy to lose a quick set than a long one. Will need to compose himself for the third and look to make a fast start.

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Post by Honda45 on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:35 pm

Andy taking a break on this set.

Fire on third.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:35 pm

I agree CC he has handed over the controls to Novak.. he is not in the driving seat at all.. staying way back behind he line when he was coming inside in the first set.

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Post by Born Slippy on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:35 pm

Excellent finish to the set from Novak. Andy has to be very focussed to start set 3.

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Post by ALPanorak on Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:35 pm

Henman Bill wrote:The crowd atmosphere today seems different. More keyed in, tense, quiet but not in a polite way, more shouting out, even at wrong moments, cheers after an error and so on.

For a good few years now, I've always thought the French Open crowd (specifically those on Chatrier) are the worst in tennis. Stands are rarely full and there always seems to be a lack of courtesy towards the players.

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