Anyone for Tennis?

Andy Murray

A completely unscheduled post this one but I feel compelled to offer a few thoughts on thsi evening’s awesome match at Wimbledon. I hate tennis because, if I get involved in watching a match, it can become so absorbing and hours of potentially productive time can just disappear.

Which is exactly what happened this evening watching Murray vs Gasquet. The modern men’s game seems to depend to a large extent on serve and confidence but what I find fascinating is the way matches ebb and flow on relatively minor incidents.

For 28 games there’s no denying that Gasquet was brilliant but when it came to the crunch he couldn’t serve out for what would have been a thoroughly deserved 3 set win. Murray never gave up though, his strength of character was remarkable given that there seemed no way he could hurt the Frenchman, and after winning the third set with a shot from almost the front row of the stands you knew the momentum was with him.

It was still an astonishing achievement to go on and win the match in 5 sets against a player who is higher rated and some of the shot making (on both sides) was extraordinary. But the Scot was simply the stronger and the more confident over the last two sets.

It was really a remarkable match. So in tribute to young Mr Murray, here ‘s a couple of tracks of the same name:

Echo & the Bunnymen – Rollercoaster (from ‘Crystal Days’ box set) [Buy it] [Download it]

The Jesus & Mary Chain – Rollercoaster (from ‘Rollercoaster’ EP) [Buy it] [Download it]

The Bunnymen track was originally a B-side on ‘Lips Like Sugar’ and rather wonderful and noisy it is too. The  Mary Chain song is available on both ‘The Sound of Speed’ and ’21 Singles’ compilations.