Andy Murray shows he has the stomach to go all the way in Sony Ericsson Open after beating Janko Tipsarevic

March 28th, 201211:55 pm @


Lendl has clearly encouraged him to take a more aggressive attitude as he
tries to break into the charmed circle of Grand Slam winners. You can see it
particularly when he has a break point: rather than just pop the ball back
and hope for a mistake, as used to be his wont, he is now trying to belt a
winner straight past his opponent in the style of Novak Djokovic, the king
of the serve-return.

Sometimes this leads to apparently tame errors, but it is better than being
passive. And Murray was clearly the initiator in this match, even when he
was stacking up the unforced errors in the first set. He had more ammunition
than Tipsarevic, who is essentially a grinder, if a very canny one. And when
he found his range, that firepower began to tell.

So Murray is through to the semi-finals at Crandon Park, where he won in 2009,
but lost his first match in both 2010 and 2011. He will play again tomorrow,
and his strong run here does add support to his case for missing the Davis
Cup tie against Belgium in a week’s time. He has already played 20 matches
this year, and a trip back to the indoor arena in Glasgow would necessitate
adjusting to three different court surfaces in a fortnight.

“Ivan really didn’t want me to play [in the Davis Cup] because he wants me to
have a 10-day training block on the clay before Monte Carlo,” Murray
explained. “I haven’t played on the stuff since the French Open and, if I
have a bit more time on the clay, I play better.”

Earlier in the day, Venus Williams’s impressive run in her comeback tournament
ended when she lost 6-4, 6-1 to the consistent Agnieska Radwanska, of
Poland. Venus thus followed her sister out of the event, both at the
quarter-final stage, after Serena was beaten by Caroline Wozniacki on
Tuesday night.

“I learned a lot from this tournament in terms of how to prepare and what
works,” said Williams, who has an auto-immune condition called Sjogren’s
Syndrome. “I just have to be there mentally every day.”

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