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Quotes on Murray


From Sporting Life:


WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT MURRAY


Tim Henman on Murray: "He's a modern-day player for sure. What's fantastic is that he's so young - 18 - but he's got such a solid foundation.


"He's got a great serve, a great motion, a big forehand, good two-handed backhand, he understands the game well and he's comfortable coming to the net. So the technical aspects are all in place.


"Now he has to learn how to use those attributes, get used to playing at the highest level, gain experience and stay healthy. If all that happens he's got a big future.


"He has to go for what he believes in 100% and not waste any opportunities, be it in the gym, on the practice court or on the match court. He also has to remember to enjoy himself," Henman told The Independent.


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John McEnroe on Murray: "Is there a changing of the guard in British tennis? I think there is. I predicted a few months ago that Murray would be in the top 20 around Wimbledon and I think there is an excellent chance of that happening. You see a guy like Murray and you see the potential that is there.


"The sky is the limit, it really is. A lot of the time there is hype and people talking about players when deep down they know it's not going to happen, but this time you have a guy who is really capable of being a great player.


"He has a way of keeping you off balance, he has a feel for the game and he's playing with the most confidence he has ever had."


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Lleyton Hewitt on Murray: "I guess there haven't been too many 18-year-olds in the last five years or so with that kind of skill.


"He hits the ball extremely well, he mixes it up extremely well. He can dictate when he wants to, but he is also very good on the defence.


"He's a great prospect for British tennis. He mixes his pace on his serve and groundstrokes too. He changes things up out there and it's one of the best parts of his game. He's definitely got firepower to use."


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Andy Roddick on Murray: "He proved last year he could play on grass, that's for sure. His feel is good enough where he's going to be successful on a lot of surfaces."


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Jeremy Bates, Great Britain's Davis Cup captain: "He has had a fantastic six months and what we have seen in the last week has taken him up another level.


"We didn't know when that would happen, but it has probably happened quicker that he expected.


"To have an 18-year-old achieve what he has achieved, he is right up there with some of the best.


"He has had a massive boost to his confidence, he has proved that he can beat the best in the world.


"Obviously the issue will be for him over the course of the next couple of years, as he is still maturing, to stay at a level of consistency."



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Hewitt on Murray:


"I think he's a guy who's confident out there and that's what it takes to make it on the tour at a young age," the Australian said. "That's why Nadal and Andy have done well at such a young age. Murray's going to continue to get better and better in the next few years."


I guess there haven’t been too many 18-year-olds in the last five years or so with that kind of skill. He hits the ball extremely well, he mixes it up extremely well. I think he mixes it up like (Miloslav) Mecir. He can dictate when he wants too, but he is also very good on the defence."


Roger Rasheed, Hewitt’s coach on Murray:


“the best I have seen from Murray"



-- Edited by Xenon123 at 01:50, 2006-02-21

-- Edited by Xenon123 at 01:53, 2006-02-21

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More from Hewitt on Murray:

Lleyton Hewitt had high praise for Andy Murray after the Scottish teenager beat him for the San Jose Open title in California yesterday.

Murray claimed his first ATP Tour title in his second final when he beat Hewitt 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3), leaving the former world No.1 from Australia without a title in 13 months.

Ranked 514th little more than a year ago, 18-year-old Murray hadn't beaten a top 10 player two days ago but now has two huge scalps having ousted another former No.1, Andy Roddick, 7-5 7-5 in the semis.

Hewitt has 24 titles to his name including two US Opens and Wimbledon, but he hasn't added to that tally since his victory in hometown Sydney in January 2005.

Poor serving contributed to Hewitt's downfall today as he double-faulted 11 times, often at crucial moments, and put only 44 per cent of his first serves in play.
"I put myself under a lot of pressure," Hewitt said. "I just wasn't getting those cheap points off my serve."

But Hewitt gave plenty of credit to Murray who mixed in impressive drop shots along with powerful groundstrokes in the final set to keep him off-balance.

"I guess there haven't been too many 18-year-olds in the last five years or so with that kind of skill," said Hewitt. "He hits the ball extremely well, he mixes it up extremely well. He can dictate when he wants to, but he is also very good on the defence.

"I think he's a guy who's confident out there and that's what it takes to make it on the tour at a young age. That's why Rafael Nadal has done so well, because he's confident and he won't take a back seat to anyone.

"Murray's going to continue to get better and better in the next few years and people will see a lot more of him. He's a great prospect for British tennis."

Murray will move into the top 50 rankings and was relishing his next events after his breakthrough, starting in Memphis this week.

"This has been perfect this week," Murray said. "Anybody who wins their first ATP tournament against two guys as good as Andy and Lleyton is going to have confidence. I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks."

After making a slow start, Murray appeared on course for a mauling as the Australian pushed the error-prone teenager all over the court to cruise through the opening set.

However, the Briton's never-say-die attitude paid dividends in the second set as he raised his game up a notch to level the match and take control of the contest.

Adeptly picking off Hewitt's serves, Murray found his rhythm from the service line and only attacked at opportune moments.
He broke Hewitt three times in the second set and so frustrated the 24-year-old Australian that Hewitt double-faulted on set point.
Murray also had the early edge in the third set, leading 2-0 then 4-2 before winning in the tie-breaker.


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The BBC's "Robbo" gives his view on Andy Murray:

After his needless strop at the Aussie Open, Andy Murray is back in fine fettle. How delightful to see him out-scamper and out-scrap the ferrety Hewitt in the final, too.

It's so refreshing to see him getting pumped up, angry and downright foul-mouthed sometimes. A bit like old man McEnroe - who is still irritated enough to win a doubles tournament!

It makes such a change from Gentleman Tim, who, if he got cross, would do a really angry skip.

If British tennis were a movie, Henman would be played by Jeremy Irons and the Murray role would go to Robert Carlyle. Not sure who would play Greg Rusedski, although his fellow competitors always seem to enjoy playing him.

Good, too, to hear Murray saying Wimbledon isn't the be-all and end-all. Because frankly it's only that to a bunch of nutty, middle-aged tennis freaks, who think tennis ball earrings are a hoot. More power to the lad's tennis elbow.

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