Andy blasts Bogdanovic for lack of bottle
PUBLISHED: 13:42 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
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By Ziad Chaudry ALEX Bogdanovic was ruthlessly criticised by GB team-mate Andy Murray after he produced yet another Davis Cup stinker at Wimbledon on Sunday. Bogdanovic s loss to Austria s Alexandra Peya, a player ranked two places below him at 164 in the
By Ziad Chaudry
ALEX Bogdanovic was ruthlessly criticised by GB team-mate Andy Murray after he produced yet another Davis Cup stinker at Wimbledon on Sunday.
Bogdanovic's loss to Austria's Alexandra Peya, a player ranked two places below him at 164 in the world, took his Davis Cup record to seven defeats in eight and relegated Britain to Europe-Africa Zone Group One.
The 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 2-6 result raised more questions about the Kilburn man's commitment and ability to win key matches - yet under-fire GB captain John Lloyd is eagerly keen to keep him in the side.
"In both my matches I showed a lot of emotion and got the crowd involved," said Murray, the world number four and a finalist at the recent US Open.
"The guys in the other matches didn't get the crowd involved. When Alex fell behind, I didn't see any fist-pumps or hear any 'come-ons'.
"You have to take advantage of home support. That's why home teams win 82 per cent of Davis Cup matches.
"The crowd in my match was very good. But in Alex's match it looked as if a lot of people left and the atmosphere was not very good.
"The doubles wasn't the reason we lost the tie. Alex was in the position to win his match.
"He started off great and had his chances in the second set to seize the moment and finish the set off because Peya was starting to struggle."
And Bogdanovic, who also made a promising start in his rubber against Jurgen Melzer before losing resoundingly in four sets, did not dispute that Murray's remarks were spot on.
"I agree with what he's saying," admitted Bogdanovic, who picked up a slight hamstring injury against Peya. "It also comes down to different personalities.
"When I get pumped up it takes too much out of me. I was trying to stay calm, but the crowd was great and trying to get me pumped up, especially when I was struggling during the fourth set."
Bogdanovic plays in the ATP Challenger Open des Alpes Trophee BNP Paribas tournament in Grenoble, France, this week, and he added: "My definite goal is to reach the world top 100.
"After Wimbledon I have been playing pretty well. If I play well and keep up the level then I believe I do have the game to get there.