David Nalbandian’s countryman, Maximo Gonzalez, has defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain in the first round of ATP Kitzbuhel which is taking place in Austria.
Busta was given 8th seed in this tournament and he was supposed to emerge victorious against a qualifier like Gonzalez, but, it wasn’t to be.
It was not a mere defeat. It was a hammering, an embarrassing result for Busta. Yes, he managed to win a set, but, he never looked better than his opponent.
Busta got trailed by 0-3 in the first set and couldn’t manage to wipe out that deficit ever after that. The start was poor for him in the following set too and it seemed that he might be losing in the straight sets, but, he bounced back with a couple of breaks to seal that set and equalize the proceedings.
But, in the decider, Gonzalez was dominant again as he clinched the match in style with 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 score line.
Gonzalez, who is an experienced player now having spent quite a few years in the professional circuit, is presently at the 83rd position in the World rankings. Busta is 28 places ahead of him at no. 55.
Apart from Busta, the only other seeded player who was in action yesterday in Kitzbuhel was Dominic Thiem. He was up against the Brazilian player Joao Souza.
That match was also a three setter, but, there was no upset there as Thiem pulled it off to move ahead in the tournament.
The 20-year old Austrian had actually put himself in trouble by serving quite a few double faults in the earlier parts of the match, but, he made up for that later on with superb winners.
Thiem is the 5th seeded player in the tournament. He is the 50th ranked player in the world.
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The former American player, John McEnroe, would not be surprised at all if Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl get associated again in near future.
Lendl coached Murray for about a couple of years and helped the Scot in winning many titles during that period. But, because of the lack of time, he left his position a few months back.
After that, Murray appointed the former female player Amelie Mauresmo as his head coach which took most of the people by surprise if not all.
Murray’s form has got even poorer since Mauresmo taking over as his coach and thus, it’s being rumoured that the two would be parting ways pretty soon
According to McEnroe, Mauresmo has not had enough time to be able to make an impact on Murray’s game. It’s only after a few more months that her work can be judged properly.
When asked about how good or bad the Frenchwoman has been as Murray’s coach, McEnroe said, “Well, I can’t answer this question at this point of time. She has just come in and you don’t expect somebody to make thing happens straightaway. She needs some more months, but, if I had been at Andy’s place, I would have continued working with Lendl.”
“Amelie has not been a bad coach in the last one year or so. She has helped a couple of players and they have done well. She can do that to Andy as well, but, he will have to be patient with her.”
“However, I would not be surprised if Andy brings Lendl back. That’s very much possible.”
Murray has almost become a villain in the eyes of the fans in Britain after that loss against Grigor Dimitrov. He has been receiving criticism from all quarters.
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Mats Wilander who has seven grand slam titles under his belt feels that Murray is invincible this season as he is at his best. He is the person to beat in the French Open according to Mats Wilander.
Andy Murray made known to all that he has arrived and that too with a bang. His fourth round win over the Spanish Fernando Verdasco showed his tactful genius as he did against Philip Kohlschreiber. His strongest shots this season in the French Open has been his backhand and his aggressive shots as well the way he defends. The major shift has been to his forehand as he is really playing some great forehand shots. His coach Ivan Lendl should be proud of the way he is playing. The shots are expanding the court as his upper body is moving really well more so than of Novak Djokovic.
Mats Wilander points out that Murray is more confident of his abilities now and that is why he is dangerous to all the players in the French Open grand slam. Before his match with Verdasco Murray however, stated that Verdasco has better chance of winning as he plays good on clay and same goes for Verdasco who stated that it will not be easy to play against Murray. It was a great chance for Murray to defeat Verdasco and come to quarter finals. Andy Murray was the favorite between him and Verdasco and he clearly over powered him.
In his road to the semi finals Murray has played some amazing tennis so far and if he can match to his level, keep his cool and sustain then there is no stopping him from winning yet another grand slam and a first time win on the clay court.