Singles Woe Then Doubles Joy for Andy Murray

beijing olympics 2008The Olympics started with a washout on day for 1 Andy Murray and after day 2 Andy Murray was nearly heading home.

Murray kicked of his Olympic life with a disappointingly pathetic loss to Lu Yen-Hsun in his opening singles match 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. Pathetic may be being harsh, but the Scot lost the first set from a seemingly winning position, missing out in numerous set points before finally handing the set to his much lowered ranked opponent on a double fault.

The second set went much the same and Murray threw away yet another lead in the second after fighting into 4-2 lead.

Don’t read any match report and believe that Lu Yen-Hsun played well above his 77th ranking – Andy Murray lost this match rather than Yen-Hsun winning it. At the same time don’t believe the reports about Murray not trying as hard because this was Olympics – He played badly yes – When Roger Federer loses in the third round of Cincinati, do the press accuse Federer of not trying. No that is a uniquely British Journalist trait of tearing down our sports stars on a personal level after losing.

And Andy Murray would prove his commitment to the Olympics and redeem himself in the doubles with a really hard fought win with his brother Jamie.

brittish-brothersThe brothers took to the court late on Monday evening after a few hours rest for Andy. The dup got of to the worst possible start and dropped the first set and Andy Murray’s much hyped Olympics was going down the toilet.

Somehow though Jamie and Andy managed to pull things together and they recovered to win the second set, it was perhaps a lot more to do with poor serving of 277th ranked Niemeyer who simply could not hold his serve. This carried on into the final set and Jamie Murray found himself serving for the set, but the older of the Murray Brothers could not finish off the match and it needed yet another break of Niemeyer serve to clinch the win. After the match Andy Murray was content with his doubles win, 

I came here to win an Olympic medal and realistically I was only ever going to win one in either singles or doubles, I’d like success but if I had to pick one it would be to win with my brother. To win an Olympic medal with my brother would be something special. I don’t want to make excuses – Lu just played better than me. I had my chances and I didn’t take them.

Jamie Murray admitted that the shock defeat in the singles had affected them in their match, 

It was a tough situation and Andy losing in the singles was a bit of a shock for us. He was a bit flat and some of that translated to me. That happens sometimes, Andy came here with high hopes of doing well in the singles and I guess he needed a bit of encouragement. It was a tough day for him but we got through and that’s the main thing.

Daniel Nestor is the worlds number 1 doubles player, so this was no easy match for the British pair and coming through with a win after dropping the first set and the massive disappointment of the singles result for Andy only a few hours earlier speaks volume for the fighting desire of the Murray Brothers. 

The draw does not get any easier for the British Brothers, they will play either French pair Clement / Llorda or Israelies Erlich / Ram – The score in that match is currently 6-4 5-4 in favour of the French pair. Erlich and Ram are the third ranked team in the doubles world and Clement and Llorda are the current Wimbledon champions.