Andy Murray has had a cracking Wimbledon so far this year, his stunning quarter-final victory over David Ferrer today has set him on the path of making history at SW1. He could become the first British player in the Open Era to lift the men’s Singles trophy, Boris Becker certainly thinks so!
In an article written for The Telegraph, the legendary tennis player describes how impressed he’s been with Murray this year at the grass court Slam, particularly during his challenging match against the tough Spaniard today – “Andy managed to snatch the second set on the tie-break, and he built from there. …he kept improving throughout the match, until by the end he was playing genuine championship tennis.”
As we reported earlier last month, Becker has become a bit of a fan of the world number 4 player, even being outspoken in his advice about how to deal with the back pain the Murray has frequently suffered with. But it’s not just Becker who believes that 2012 could be the year that the Scotsman reaches and even wins a Wimbledon final, his playing on court and his composure off-court have been truly outstanding over the past week and a half.
Although there have been weak moments for Murray, particularly his evident nerves at the start of matches, in every round he has demonstrated just how much he deserves his place amongst the top 4 tennis players in the world. His opening rounds showed determination and the ability to quickly adapt to changes in the game, no more evident than in his constantly suspended bout against Marin Cilic earlier in the week in which he “served like a machine.” And today we saw that same maturity as a world class player when he gained an incredible 21 winners in the fourth, and final, set denying Ferrer any chance of making a comeback and winning the match.
Murray has certainly grown up a lot this season, and Becker attributes this to his partnership with new coach and 8-time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl. Lendl has what Becker calls “a winner’s mentality”, and he believes that it’s really beginning to rub off on the formally temperamental player. There have been no signs of the Murray of old, the player who used to berate himself on court during key stages of a game has been replaced by one who is careful and measured in his approach and has the ability to pull out a “Lendl trademark” like the big forehand that he delivered during the penultimate point of the match.
Murray has finally begun to answer those detractors who have publicly stated that he was past the point of winning a Grand Slam trophy by doing exactly what they believed he would never be able to do – play championship-winning and Grand Slam-winning tennis.
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