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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK
The Murray-meter
THE MURRAY-METER
FINAL VERDICT: RED HOT
Murray is the new hope for British tennis after his brave performance against David Nalbandian

Andy Murray's third-round match against David Nalbandian was one that will live in the memory of many.

The brave Scot took a two-set lead and was just a few points away from a sensational victory, but alas, it was not to be.

Murray's animated antics on court at Wimbledon endeared him to many and it would not be out of the realms of reality to think that he could become a Grand Slam champion.

Even though the 18-year-old's Wimbledon campaign has fizzled out, he is still RED HOT.

Read on for a selection of the latest views on Andy Murray from fans, pundits, papers and fellow players.

HIS OPPONENT

David Nalbandian
The Argentine who beat Murray in five sets

I'm not the right person to tell you but I think he lost this match due to physical problems.

He's too young but he has enough time to work.

I knew if I came back in the fourth set, for sure I was going to win the fifth.

HIS MOTHER

Judy Murray
Mother of Andy

It's absolutely vital that, one, we get the right coach, two, we get the right training environment, and three, we get the right physical team around him.

So it will be a fitness trainer to travel with him to the tournaments and at his training base, and also probably the services of a physio on a part-time basis.

Somebody who knows his body well enough that can work with the fitness trainer to get him into absolute peak condition.

We can see that he can do the tennis stuff, but physically we have to make sure that he can do it day-in and day out.

THE CELEBRITY

Sir Sean Connery
Scottish actor - famous for playing James Bond

It was an absolutely extraordinary match.

Andrew Murray is as gifted as anyone that has ever played the game. But what was evident is that he is not fit enough to stand up to the ritual.

The boy has played fanatstic tennis. I don't think I've seen anything like it. He's won a couple of three straight-sets games, then he's gone two sets up against Nalbandian who was a Wimbledon finalist.

It's inspiring. I've witnessed Wimbledon over the years, but I've never seen anything like the response he got here.

Fundamentally, you need somebody with you who will give him help with nutrition, health and stamina.

Somebody has to get their **** off the ground and help Murray, appoint Mark Petchey (the player's coach) with whatever Petchey recommends (Petchey was Murray's coach on a short-term basis).

He beat Radek Stepanek, who had three coaches and was seeded, and Murray, who had one, beat him.

You tell me we have a problem, I can solve it in two minutes.

THE PUNDITS

Jimmy Connors
Two-times Wimbledon champion

Andy's game is there. He's got all the shots. He has power, he has finesse, he has a very good first serve. His whole game as an 18-year-old is very mature.

So what will it take to improve?

Maybe a little bit more work on the court to improve his conditioning and strength. But once he incorporates that into his game then he will be spectacular.

John Lloyd
Former British number one

He's not afraid of anything.

Even when he gave away the third set and looked tired, he was his own boss and just gave up on the set on purpose.

He didn't care what the crowd thought. He knew what his plan was.

For a British player he has a great mind and a great attitude.

THE FANS

ChristianGrabinski
BBC Five Live messageboards

He has the game to become a champion. No doubt about it. It's just his physical fitness I am concerned about.

He seems to tire too quickly and he needs to sort that out. Great performance from the boy.

JenniferBaby
BBC Five Live messageboards

I cannot wait till next year and I'm proud as ever to have a great Scottish player likes Andy Murray representing our country :o), I am gutted though.

dagboy
BBC Five Live messageboards

That was disappointing really. I think Murray had him on the ropes and really should have won the game.

A case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.




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