Thursday, 30 October 2008

Querrey freaked out by Murray

Querrey freaked out by Murray

Murray chalked up his 19th win in 20 games beating Querrey 6-2, 6-4. Further proof that he is the form player right now.

I didn't see it (was lucky enough to be at the Emirates to see Arsenal draw 4-4 with Spurs) but on paper it was an intriguing match-up: one of the best servers in the game against one of the best returners, on a fast indoor surface

By all accounts Murray dealt with the serve comfortably, winning 6 straight games in the first set after losing the first two, and then breaking Big Sam twice in the second.

Querrey had 3 double faults in one service game. Maria had something similar at Wimbledon and I wrote then about how park players the world over responded to that with a quiet, knowing smile - we've all been there and it is heartening to see a pro (and multiple slam winner in Maria's case) fall part on serve.

But at least she had an excuse with the blustery conditions. But shame on you Sam!

When you play indoors the occasional double fault is bad but 3 in one game, ouch that hurts. I played 3 sets indoors last night and only had 2 all night, and believe me my serve is not a Querrey bomb.

The only explanation is that Murray intimidated Querrey and got into his head in the way he has against others in recent weeks.

Murray beating players in the mind (a la Roger) is something Jonathan Overend writes about in a great post on the BBC site. I'll provide a link or maybe even the text tomorrow.

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