Heard a great quote from Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych on Wednesday.
When asked if the round-robin format at the ATP World Tour Finals encouraged players to be more negative he replied with, “We are tennis players. We want to win every match. We’re not going to be like Italian football players just waiting for a 0-0 and defending all the time.”
I’m glad to know it’s not just me who thinks that Italian football is the most boring, negative, depressing, tedious, uninspiring, pile of shit going.
Where defenders get away with murder and gamesmanship is pushed too and well beyond the limit. It is total anti-football and would put anybody off watching the game.
We have even had it imported into the Premiership this year by Roberto Mancini, in particular the game between his Man City side and Chelsea earlier this season was total typical Italian dross.
I’m glad I’ve got that off my chest.
Back to tennis and what is going on with Andy Murray at the moment? He was brilliant in his first game against Robin Soderling and then like played like Italian football against Roger Federer.
The two games could basically sum up his year.
He has brilliantly won two Master Series’ in Toronto and Shanghai recently, but has been equally as awful in other tournaments during this same period of the season.
Boris Becker recently said that Murray is no nearer to winning a slam than he was this time last year, the only disagreement I would have with that is to say that he is actually further away.
Murray needs to get his act together during the close season, he also needs to find some consistency, this year has seen him go backwards in my opinion. He has no coach and it would appear no real direction at the moment.
The Australian Open is less that 2 months away and it is hard to see Murray being a candidate at the moment. I hope he spends the close season getting himself a decent coach and getting himself sorted, it would be a shame to see him just become a tennis journeymen after showing such promise earlier in his career.