Murray Responds to Federer Comments – Takes the Bait

Slip of the tongue (or dagger), or maybe a misquote, Federer’s backhanded compliment can hardly have pleased the Scot, who recently moved past the former world No1 (as he would prefer to be introduced) into third place in the rankings.

“I always try, if I can, to be positive about all the other players,” Murray said, luxuriating on a Union Jack sofa. “Roger is one of the best players ever to play and I’m glad I’ve had the chance to play against him.” Did he think Federer feared him, then? Running around his backhand, Murray set himself for a forehand winner down the line.

“Maybe,” he said. “He’s entitled to say whatever he wants. I hope I get the chance to play against him this week and I can let the tennis do the talking.”

“With the depth of players these days, you can’t just turn up and win a Masters tournament. The week in Tokyo, I played Rafa [in the final], David Ferrer in the semis, David Nalbandian and Marcos Baghdatis. Those are good players, some of them great players, so it’s not an easy thing to do.

“In Paris [where Federer won], Rafa didn’t play, Novak [Djokovic] was injured, I was injured. Every week is different. If you play your best and not everybody’s there, it’s not relevant. You can only beat what’s in front of you.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/nov/19/andy-murray-roger-federer-finals?newsfeed=true

It was nice to see Murray make a reply to Roger’s comments. It gives me something to write about. Murray is of course entitled to make a reply, but personally I don’t think he handled the situation well. We can’t know for sure what Roger was trying to achieve with the things he said about Murray, because he said positive as well as negative things. Personally I felt he was just saying it the way he saw it. Murray is not the only one he has to worry about after all. Whatever Roger meant by what he said was not that important, but the way Murray replied is. It is clear to me that Murray took Roger’s words as  ‘backhanded compliment’ like the author says. Murray is trying to defend himself here, which in my opinion is the wrong move. If you think someone is attacking you, especially someone as great and experienced as Roger, it is best to keep quiet.

If Roger was trying to get into Murray’s head, then he would be happy with Murray’s reply. He would have been looking for a reaction. The smarter reaction in my opinion would have been no reaction. That way he puts no added pressure on himself. Now that he has made these comments, the pressure is on him to do them justice. It is as if he has fallen into the trap. I mean this is not a first time thing. Roger messed with Murray’s head at the Australian Open last year and it worked. I think it would have been wise from Murray just to shut up this time and let his racquet do the talking. That is what he said he is gonna do, but why say it? It just adds pressure to himself. Actually the more I think about this, the more I think this may be another psyche job by Roger. Roger knows Murray is a threat and he may just be trying to take him out here before play has started.

Roger is good with these psyche jobs. He knows Murray is mentally fragile and likely to take the bait. I bet after these comments by Murray Roger is having a little chuckle by himself. Lets face it, Roger is a much bigger favorite for this title than Murray. He has the resume and the experience behind him. And he is the form player at this point. His form in Basel and especially Paris was impressive. Murray failed in Basel and Paris, and has never been past the semis at the Masters Cup. The smart thing would have been not to take the bait and just go focus on his own game out there. It is about being humble. When you keep quiet you kind of acknowledge Roger’s greatness and past superiority. Even if he thought what Roger said was arrogant, then responding with arrogance is not the way to go.

By being quiet he shows respect to Roger’s greatness and puts no extra pressure on himself. So I think Murray has once again fallen into the trap. One of the reasons he has never won a slam is his arrogance. He has always struck me as very arrogant. Arrogance is a sign of insecurity, especially if you don’t have the results to back it up. Murray acts like someone who has won a slam already. I just don’t have any faith in the guy because of this. The people who reads my posts regularly will know I don’t have much time for Murray. He is all arrogance and no insides. I don’t think he will ever win a slam either. An all time great like Roger insinuates that Murray can win a slam, and what does he do? He spits in his face with backhanded comments. He says he was injured in Paris. Really? Maybe a brain injury?

Sorry folks but I can’t be convinced that Murray will ever be a great champion. He is just the opposite of Roger in so many ways. He is arrogant and full of himself, yet when crunch time arrives he is nowhere to be seen. I find nothing to like about Murray. I don’t like Nadal either, but at least he has the balls to make it happen when it matters. He does not choke. Murray is arrogant, smug, and scared. I am now looking even more forward to the Masters Cup after this little ‘war of words’. It will be interesting to see how things play out. Roger really doesn’t have much to lose. He has achieved everything. But he may just have immobilized one of his biggest threats yet again. Murray now has it all to prove. Can he prove that his run in the east was not just because the big guns were absent, by winning something bigger at last?

Can he prove that Roger was wrong about him? Can he prove that he was right to respond in the manner that he did? I’ll let you decide for yourself. Of course tomorrow Roger will open proceedings against Tsonga in London. The first match in the round robin is always important. Getting off to a winning start takes off a lot of pressure. On the other hand if you lose your first match, you know you probably have to win your remaining two matches to qualify for the semis. The second match tomorrow is Nadal against Fish. Nadal got lucky with the draw as usual. He is usually a slow starter, especially after a long break, and he drew the weak link of the group. If he played Roger or Tsonga, who are both in superb form, he would have had a very difficult match. Now he gets time to play himself into an event where you can’t afford many slip ups.

Ps. Roger won the Stefan Edberg sportsmanship award for the seventh time and the fan favorite award for the ninth consecutive time this year!

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Fans/Fan-Favorite/ATP-World-Tour-Awards-Announced-2011.aspx

Roger Federer


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31 Comments

  1. Hey Ruan, I believe the fan favourite is separate from the Stefan Edberg award. The Stefan Edberg is voting on by the players for sportsmanship.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Sue I kinda knew it I was just being lazy lol. If that makes any sense. Corrected now ;-)

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  2. Taking verbal jabs at each other does spice up tennis. I find that every player nowadays is so fakingly diplomatic and humble. Some trash talking is fun otherwise what else can media write about. Its funny that Roger is always one that is throwing some bones to those media hungry folks. Even his so-called perceived arrogrance he still win fan favourite player and Stefan Edberg sportmanship award. Both awards shown us that honesty and being himself is always appreciated. Sorry I find Djoker, Nadal plus Mugray are a little fake at times.

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  3. Murray acts like a mopey teenager on-court, not a man. Sometimes off-court, too.

    On court he just does not think clearly when the pressure is on. He’s OK as long as he can junkball and outwait his opponent. But once he gets someone who can hit through him, he unravels. If his tricks don’t work he just gives up rather than digging in and fighting back.

    There’s a long way to go before he matures to the level needed to win a major, assuming he ever gets there.

    I don’t think Federer was playing mind games, either. He was giving an honest answer to a question.

    He says what’s on his mind rather than trying to always say the most inoffensive and politically correct thing. I admire that.

    So-called “confident” people are often just arrogant and oblivious to the merits of others, but that’s not true of Federer.

    He knows his own quality and the quality of his opponents, and he neither underestimates the other players nor exaggerates their abilities. He’s realistic in his assessment of what’s possible and what’s not.

    That’s the mark of a truly secure human being, at peace with himself and the rest of the world.

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  4. Guys, let’s not write off Fish. I know he’s been recovering from an injury but he can do some serious damage to anyone on this surface. I think this surface suits him extremely well – a fast indoor hardcourt with a very low bounce. The good thing with this surface is that Nadal can’t spin the ball as high as he is used to. Also, Fish is probably one of the best players when he comes to the net. He has improved his net play so much. His serve & volley game will be the key to this match. If he is 100% ready, it will be a very competitive match. Besides, Fish is a fighter and I like that. He rarely chokes when he finds an opportunity to ‘steal’ a win. On the other match, Roger is expected to beat the Frenchman one more time after New York and Paris.

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    steve Reply:

    I like Fish a lot, both his game and his character, but he’d have to play really brilliantly to beat Nadal.

    Last year Nadal was shaky in his opening match, but Roddick got careless and let his lead slip, and that was that.

    I agree that his all-court game will stand him in good stead against the Spaniard, but if he’s even a little rusty he’s going to give Nadal a second chance, and that’s all Nadal needs.

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  5. i just keep thinking..while Murray didnt need to respond Roger´s words, still wondering..Then why Roger doesnt do the same, and keep it in mind stay quiet, and keep looking like everyone else sees him..a goddess superior king of the universe…stop sucking his… come on..the guy is not just trying to mess up Murray´s mind..the guy is showing what he is…he doesnt like Murray´s tennis and he doesnt like to know the Scot is dominating the HTH and took him out of the top 3…is just Roger once again showing his arrogance and frustration…If Murray says what he said is not just cuz of feeling attacked by Roger, is not a trap is not roger playing Psycho job or anything..is just Roger showing his real personality

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well who knows. To me it looks like mind games and nothing wrong with that. Murray is a sucker for mind games so it’s good stuff from Roger.

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    daniel Reply:

    well right who knows. And to me it seems there is no mind game at all is just the arrogant Roger that is not shown usually…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well we all believe what we want to believe cos we just don’t know. I like to believe that Roger is playing mind games so that is what i believe.

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    Azy Reply:

    Tbh Roger is a class act but he does have alot of arrogance. His original comments were negative then a little positive, so he gives a compliment with a slap. If Roger super class act he would just give the compliment, end of story. Yes Roger is playing mind games, but that does not mean he is innocent, mind games= arrogance. This is one of the few character flaws of Roger that I do not like, I don’t try to believe what he is doing with his arrogant comments. I don;t think that far as a Fed fan, I enjoy his tennis but I will not support Roger when he is being arrogant. Neither should you Ruan, being FedFan is one thing but sucking upto him when he started the arrogant comments, saying Murray arrogant is wrong. Murray is arrogant, only difference is Fed has GS but it gives no excuse to be arrogant. I think the only guy in top 10 who’s never arrogant is probably Ferrer, yes he won’t win GS but I respect his attitude.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah maybe you are right. Tennis players are arrogant though. You said it yourself. But Roger is not my idol if I had to have one. He is not an enlightened being or anything. He is just a tennis player whose tennis i like. I certainly don’t think he is perfect or anything like that. If i had to choose and idol it would be an enlightened guy like Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Roger is just as deluded as the rest of us.

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  6. very smart reaction from Murray. very level-headed, didn’t open a front with Fed, just replied politly. i am sad that Fed feels he needs to do these manipulations. it is really beneath him. this goes along with his latest rabbish-quote of not wanting to be called world no. 4 but “former world number 1”. my god Fed don’t see how pathetic those words sound?

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    marron Reply:

    I agree, it IS beneath him. And to seemingly whinge about being called ‘world number 4’ instead of ‘former number 1’… ?

    Seems a tad – oh, I can’t think of a word here.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol you really need to get over it. You are starting to sound like a Fed hater.

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    marron Reply:

    Am I? Oh dear. :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Are you what?

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    marron Reply:

    Am I starting to sound like a Fed hater. That’s what I meant. I hope I’m not.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I wasn’t replying to you. Check the thread again.

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    marron Reply:

    Oh. maybe you should too. really looks like you were replying to me, but if you say you weren’t , well then…. okey dokey.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I checked. It was in reply to feddybear.

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    marron Reply:

    A thousand pardons, then.

    Oops on me. :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well now you know how the threads work so you won’t make the same mistake in the future.

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  7. Enough of this Murray crap. Can we get to tennis now?… Roger disposed of Tsonga in 3 sets (Fed went AWOL in the second set), which took only 84 minutes to complete. The plodding Spaniard, on the other hand, needed almost 3 hours to beat Fish in a third set tie break. That’s twice as much court-time for Nadal than Federer. What more needs to be said? All that moonballing and grunting by the Spaniard seemed to turn the crowd off—they left in droves before the match was even over. Poor Nadal; so many despise his style of play. Perhaps if he’d stop scratching his ass before each serve, perhaps if he didn’t take so many bathroom breaks, perhaps if he stopped making his opponent wait so he can tape his beloved fingers… nah, even then it would be hard to endure his endless grinding. God, please save us from having to watch much more of Rafael Nadal. Please, God, please….

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    Ru-an Reply:

    LOL i was thinking just the same thing. Enough of this Murray crap. Am about to start in my post.

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    tara Reply:

    well said…enuf said 2! however, that anal mallorcan ape’s quite the machismo hero in Spain…what w/ his hard-2-hear Spanglish-n-all, like huh? how can they keep stickin’ a stupid mike in his face when no one can understand him, eh?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Tone down on the hate a bit.

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    TARA Reply:

    ok, how about ALL the love for the beatdown he got under the GOAT, aka RF, w/ that thrashing at O2, like how good that BAGEL-SET win really really felt for us-Federites/Rogerholics everywhere, huh?! just only wish that RF can finally BEST that RN at FO, so that can finally SHUT UP all critics once-n-for-all…(sigh, sigh!!) maybe they’ll change SLOW CLAY COURTS in France to something FASTER-N-MORE MODERNIZED, eh???

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    tara Reply:

    Gotta give R-SOD lots of credit props for besting RN in 2009/2010 (4got which year exactly now!) when he wuz the only 1 who sent RN home that gave way to RF’s only FO-GS win there…THOSE ORGANIZERS IN FRENCH SHOULD REALLY FASTENING UP THE COURTS ‘CUZ IT’S REALLY REALLY PLAINLY BORING-N-TIRESOME TO SEE THAT BUTT-PICKIN’ RN AS THE SOLE WINNER YEAR-AFTER-YEAR ALREADY, LIKE SERIOUSLY!!! at this point, no one really cares to see RN hoisting that trophy anymore, like been there/done that, i.e. we need 2 see NEW BLOOD, like anyone else, puh-leezzz~!! what a sleeper of a FO-GS that SLoOoOW clsy courts they got over there…

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  8. hey, this is ONE OF THE BEST POSTS yet re MURRAY’s incredible arrogance, i.e. a stupid useless British trait since HE’S FAR WORSE THAN HENMAN ‘CUZ HE HAS NOT DONE MUCH OF ANYTHING, AKA A MAJOR CHOKER AT GS LEVEL…He chokes out at every single possible chance, and HE DOES RISE TO ROGER’S BAIT ‘CUZ ROGER DOES GET INTO HIS HEAD, like what a lame bait this WOLFMAN-TOOTHY-PLS.-CLOSE-YOUR-LOUD-MOUTH-GUY HE REALLY IS~!!!

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  9. hah, it’s ALL moot now since Roger’s got his WN3 back from this major pretender, like woohoo~!!! and, winning his 6th title @ WTF/Barclays UNDEFEATED w/ BONUS PAY all at the same time…LIKE, HOW DO U LIKE ROGER NOW, EH??

    Wolfman-AM should really really curb his LOUDMOUTH-Y-ANTICS CRYBABY FORM already….he’s got NO GS to think of, yet he’s mouthin’ off against THE GOAT???

    LIKE, SHUT UP, WOLF-CRYBABY~@!!!

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