So that was some battle Andy Murray had this morning, huh? Despite his improved play on clay this year, if he would've lost that match to Potito Starace, I wouldn't have been too shocked seeing as Starace's the type of player that could give Murray fits on the dirt. It was a good win for him, nevertheless.
Seeing Murray gut out a win like that reminds me of how special he and Novak Djokovic are as players. I say this because if you've noticed sitting in Murray's box the past two clay-court seasons is two-time French Open runner-up Alex Corretja. This reminds me of a couple of years ago when Djokovic had Mark Woodforde in his box. Both Murray and Djokovic weren't looking to hire these former greats as full-time coaches, but rather to work on specific parts of their game to help them on their paths to the top, such as Corretja helping with moving on clay and Woodforde giving tips on volleys.
To me, it's so refreshing to see players that aren't willing to concede anything to the guys in front of them and doing whatever it takes to improve on any surface, whether it's one in their comfort zone or not. A lot of players could learn a thing or two from these young guys!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.