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Steve Tignor, in his blog on tennis.com called ‘Keeping Tabs’ summarises the headlines in British newspapers the morning after Andy Murray’s semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal. I am somewhat appalled by how brutal the British media is in their criticism of Andy and his defeat to Rafa. I mean, give the guy a break. Watching that match, it would be difficult for anyone to claim Andy didn’t try his best. I think he played the best he possibly could; he just wasn’t good enough for Rafa. Its not easy to win against the latter when he is having a good day. Rafa has the patience of a rock, and athletic stamina virtually unheard of. He will chase after and play almost every single ball. At the level Rafa was playing in the last three sets, no one, forget Andy, could have beaten him. 7 unforced errors and a single doublefault in a Wimbledon semifinal 4- setter against the world no. 4? Are you kidding me? Is that even real? Andy wasn’t bad. Rafa was just too good for him. I think its time people gave Andy his due, applauded him for putting on his best show and wished him better luck next time. Like Rafa did immediately after the match. People often forget that in sports, most times, there is only that much you can do. If you are not good enough, you are not good enough. Its unfair then to expect the guy to pull off a miracle, and when that doesn’t happen, to trash him mercilessly. I think Andy deserves better treatment than that.

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