Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/17/14
By Yeshayahu Ginsburg Andy Murray is one of the two current players on tour that have a winning record against Roger Federer. The other, obviously, is Rafael Nadal. Murray and Nadal do not play similar styles, but they do have something in common. They are both, at their very essence, counterpunchers. Yes, they have a drastically different way of doing things. But their basic goal in every rally is the same—play frustratingly solid defense until an opening to attack presents itself, then take it. The incredible defense that each of them plays is what troubles Federer the most. He is used to controlling rallies with his precise and strong groundstrokes. Murray and Nadal (and Djokovic) are some of the only players on tour who really take that ability away from him, which changes the entire tone of matches that Federer is involved in. It is precisely this reason that I worry about Andy Murray’s apparent change of strategy this tournament. Murray has looked more aggressive in the first ...
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