So a quick apology for the timing of this article, we know it’s been quite long since the final took place. Now that we have had time to digest the 2011 Australian Open Men’s Final, we would like to take the time to go over our disappointment with the tennis match.
At first thought, we were certain that we would spend close to 5 hours of intense tennis between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray; especially since both players had played close to perfect in the rounds prior to the final. Novak Djokovic took out Roger Federer in straights, and Andy Murray went without dropping serve or a set until the Quarters. These factors led us to believe that we would be witness to an epic final down under.
As the match started, Andy Murray dropped serve early, a shocker to some, obvious to others. The first set was pretty much a snoozer compared to the rest of the tournament. At one point we thought “Well it’s the just the first set, he’s just getting warmed up, he will come back in the second.” The second set came and went, it was at that point we realized that Andy Murray might have forgotten to get out of bed that morning, or perhaps he forgot that he was a professional tennis player. Whatever it was, he clearly made close to no effort to compete during the final.
Credit to Novak Djokovic, he did play a great match, however; it was nothing extraordinary that he was doing, he was just putting the ball in play and let his opponent make the errors. Pretty easy way to win a tennis match, right?
We could go on for a while about what Andy Murray could have done to be a little more competitive in the tennis match, however; we don’t coach him and we are not at the level of giving him advice for his game. All we can say is that Andy Murray simply choked, choked in a big way similar to how he choked last year at the Australian Open, and the 2008 US Open. Murray didn’t even come out swinging, he appeared not even interested in playing tennis, the errors piled up and before he knew it, he was the runner up…for the second time. He didn’t lose to the likes of a guy named Federer or Nadal, though he lost to a guy who he had previously beaten on a hard court three times before this meeting.
We wonder what is going through Andy Murray’s mind these days? Is he devastated by his piss-poor finals performance? What does his mom have to say? His brother, Jamie? Andy Murray has a lot of questions to ask himself and he certainly needs to put this epic failure behind him as quickly as possible and look forward to the next tennis match.
We do wish him better success in the next major final he reaches. He will need to think long and hard about his future game plan, play to win!