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RE: Week 19 - ATP Masters 1000 (Internazionali BNL d'Italia) - Rome (red clay)


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indiana wrote:

And Andy adds to my knowledge ...

I knew that Madrid ( 646 metres, 2119 feet ) was well above sea level, but not Munich ( 519 metres, 1703 feet ).


 Oh dear someone as sad as me - I had just looked that up as well!!

However how much difference does it make? I have never heard of any football teams having to adjust to the "altitude" of playing at Munich or Madrid (Barcelona seem to be coping quite well as I speak). Johannesburg, Mexico City, Denver OK but they all at 1500m + 


 Oh believe me, they do.



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Rumours spreading that Andy is about to pull out of Rome

Mike Dickson tweeted

Sudden news that Andy Murray doing a press conference in 5 minutes, that sounds like a withdrawal from Italian Open.

 

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Confirmed. Withdrawn through fatigue.



-- Edited by Bob in Spain on Thursday 14th of May 2015 11:44:12 AM

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Ah. I had hoped for one more match to defend his last year points, but he knows his body best.

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Yep, just can't legislate for doing so ruddy well on clay !

Rest, recuperate and get prepared for Roland Garros.

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With the 90 points Andy did get here, if Djokovic or Fed win the title and Nadal doesn't reach the final Andy's 1090 points will rank him first for Madrid / Rome combined

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He's clearly planning his matches with great care at the moment. Assuming he gets one or two easy first/second rounders at RG, then he shouldn't have too much difficulty in re-establishing his present level.

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Anyway, the MPs Goffin saved against Tsonga yesterday are proving very profitable.

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Thought he might play today, just goes to show it must have been touch and go for yesterday.

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Has Andy spoken of an injury he is protecting, or is it just general fatigue?  Whilst the middle of the night scheduling can't have helped, he hasn't spent huge amounts of time on court in the last week.    If we start from last Thursday when he played Granollers, in the last 7 days he has played 5 matches, 10 sets and 61 games and has been on court for a total of 337 minutes.  If we average this out per day over the 7 days, it is less than 9 games per day and just 42 minutes per day on court. 

I'm quite sure Andy is making the correct decision, he and his staff know his body better than anyone else.  Certainly, nobody would ever say Andy is a quitter. But we hear stories about how gruelling his training blocks are, so is an average of 3/4 of an hour per day on court so hard?  Given that he is on his honeymoon, perhaps there are other activities that are sapping his energy?

Anyway good luck at RG!



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Yes, but then he's barely had a rest since Wednesday before last and the days he has, he's been travelling and setting up base. Hardly a surprise he's tired after nearly two weeks without rest.

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Has Andy spoken of an injury he is protecting, or is it just general fatigue?  Whilst the middle of the night scheduling can't have helped, he hasn't spent huge amounts of time on court in the last week.    If we start from last Thursday when he played Granollers, in the last 7 days he has played 5 matches, 10 sets and 61 games and has been on court for a total of 337 minutes.  If we average this out per day over the 7 days, it is less than 9 games per day and just 42 minutes per day on court. 

I'm quite sure Andy is making the correct decision, he and his staff know his body better than anyone else.  Certainly, nobody would ever say Andy is a quitter. But we hear stories about how gruelling his training blocks are, so is an average of 3/4 of an hour per day on court so hard?  Given that he is on his honeymoon, perhaps there are other activities that are sapping his energy?

Anyway good luck at RG!


 He said on Sky that the grass court season was his priority, and eventhough there's an extra week this year, he feel's by practicing on it extensively it gives him an added advantage over the rest of the field. So basically he needs everyone of those days leading up to Wimby, to max out his chances there, so I think he's looking ahead just as much as being as best prepared and as fresh as possible for RG.



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He probably didn't want to tank a match after such a good run. A ten nil record is something you don't want to just give up, plus now he has the chance to extend his sequence of wins.

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I'm a bit surprised, as it's still 10 days until RG starts, that he'd want to concede here due to fatigue. If he played on until the final here, he'd still have a full week of recovery time. Perhaps he's nursing a minor niggling injury that he doesn't want to discuss in public?

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I do think that it is just overall fatigue, physical and probably mental as well and travelling.

I don't think there is any injury issue here, although clearly I have no real idea.

I got the impression that it had crossed his mind to not play Rome at all, just by the very fact that he made a point of saying he was travelling to Rome.

It all does seem pretty understandable to me and no great surprise. I was kind of anticipating it before a Ferrer QF.

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I'm sure I read somewhere that it was a toss-up whether to play or not: his team was divided between "play for match practice at sea level" and "rest" - the latter being from his physio. I suspect he did intend to play a couple of matches but when he woke up after the first match sore and tired, and flat during practice, he decided to call it a day there and then.

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