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US Open - Day Eight

Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 05 Sep 2016, 9:56 am

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Today's line-up sees Andy Murray face his first tough challenge when he takes on Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian has been in improving form of late after a long lean spell and is getting back to where he was. It will be a match that will demonstrate what sort of nick Murray is in. Wawrinka has a somewhat easier looking match against Ilya Marchenko which I'd expect him to win in straights. Nishikori takes on the big serving Ivo Karlovic in a clash of styles - this could go either way but I just favour Nishikori here. Another interesting match-up sees the born again Juan Martin Del Potro take on Dominic Thiem. I fancy Del Potro to win in four sets.
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Re: US Open - Day Eight

Post by Henman Bill on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 2:17 am

Dimi's facing a superior opponent. Slightly too passive and a few too many errors today. Apart from that, this is Dimitrov's level and he just doesn't have the ability, variety or even power that Murray does. He is playing not that far below his average level.

This is a masterclass from Murray. A great variety of defence and attack showing he can do both, every shot in the book, great angles, immense consistency while hitting winners from behind the baseline.

To be an extreme nit picker, maybe he could do with a marginal improvement on serve if he plays Djokovic, but perhaps he isn't going all out today, since he doesn't really need to.

Most of you will have missed this match due to the time difference, if you can get and watch the whole match even if you are not a fan of Murray normally. If he wins 1 of the next 2 games it will have been a short match anyway.

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Post by Henman Bill on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 2:19 am

summerblues wrote:Hah, got home, turned the TV on and I see I am not missing a classic.  Brutal scoreline - 6:1, 6:2, 4:0 now.  Ouch.


Something of a perfunctory match, no real shock and awe, certainly no tension, crowd not into it much. But for a real tennis connoisseur this has been vintage tennis.

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Post by Henman Bill on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 2:20 am

Dimitrov is according to the stats at winners 13, unforced errors 41. That's pretty ugly. Murray at 28-22 in favour of winners.

13-43 and 28-23 updating at end match.


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Re: US Open - Day Eight

Post by CaledonianCraig on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 2:22 am

Rain. Play halted as they decide whether to close the roof. Murray about to setve for the mstch at 6-1 6-2 5-2.
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Re: US Open - Day Eight

Post by CaledonianCraig on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 2:26 am

Impressive from Murray. He wins 6-1 6-2 6-2. Dimi had no real form or answer today. Bonus for Andy to get it done in around two hours.
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Re: US Open - Day Eight

Post by banbrotam on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 7:23 am

Glad to be wrong  Wink

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Re: US Open - Day Eight

Post by shivfan on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 7:44 am

Born Slippy wrote:Sensational match between Venus and Pliskova. Pliskova saved a match point at 4-5 with some sensational hitting, then broke Venus and got to 40-0 (3 MPs) on her own serve at 6-5. Venus then hit a run of blistering winners to get to 6-6. Tiebreak now in progress.

And Pliskova won that tiebreak...is this the last we'll see of Venus at the US Open?
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Post by banbrotam on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 8:02 am

Interestingly the weather is heating up during the next few days, i.e. it could be the hottest set of latter US Open days for years. Not certain that's news Novak wants to hear, as his only weakness appears to be playing at his best in hot humid weather

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Post by Born Slippy on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 8:38 am

Impressive win for Andy. He seems to reserve such destructions for R4 night matches on Ashe at the US Open.

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Re: US Open - Day Eight

Post by banbrotam on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 10:34 am

Born Slippy wrote:Impressive win for Andy. He seems to reserve such destructions for R4 night matches on Ashe at the US Open.

Excellent memry. I remember him destroying Taylor Dent in 2009 at this stage in a night match

To tamely then lose to Cilic Whistle . But there was a reason for this, a dodgy wrist that would effectively ruin the rest of his year

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Re: US Open - Day Eight

Post by sirfredperry on Tue 06 Sep 2016, 10:47 am

Well, it seems that those who thought Andy M would play far better against Dimi than against Lorenzi were proved right. But few would have predicted that Dimi would get just four games.
Pleased that Konjuh bt Radwanska after her heartache at Wimbledon (3 MPs going astray and then getting injured).
Still think it's going to be a Djoko-Murray final.

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