Thursday, August 17, 2006

Andy Murray ends Federer's winning run

Too much tennis, too little time off. The world's top player knew it was the perfect combination for a long-awaited upset, one that a disbelieving British teenager pulled off Wednesday.

In a mature and confident display, the 19-year old Scot Andy Murray took advantage of an out-of-sorts Federer, outplaying the holder of three of the four grand-slam titles and ending his run of 55 consecutive wins in North America, beating the world No 1, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of a tournament in Cincinnati.

Well, what did it take Andy Murray to pull off this incredible win after he beat his mentor Tim Henman for the second time in a week?

Plagued by a sore playing hand and recurring blisters, he was advised by his new coach Brad Gilbert to soak the affected fingers in a pickle jar for five minutes to harden his young skin.

It isn't high tech medicine, but the folk remedy has produced the results this time for Murray, who is seen examining his hand in the photo.

Andy Murray paid tribute to coach Brad Gilbert after the stunning win over Roger Federer.

Gilbert steered Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick to grand slam titles, and the target is the same with Murray.

Murray is relishing their partnership and said: "He believes in me, I believe in him. We got the tactics right today.

"He stays positive all the time and has 100% belief I can become world number one and win a grand slam."

Technorati tag: Coaching, Motivation

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