Hopeful that he will be able to carry the momentum from his gold and silver medal-winning performances at the London Olympics this summer to the last Grand Slam of the year, Andy Murray is aiming for victory at the US Open.
Facing the Russian Alex Bogomolov in his first-round match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday, Murray’s thrilling ascent to his Olympic triumph over Roger Federer and his dispatching of other main rival Novak Djokovic has meant that this match will be eagerly watched by tennis fans across the world.
It has been a few weeks since his last major career triumph in the grounds of Wimbledon but beating Djokovic and Federer in succession has given the Scot some much needed belief in his ability to win in the US – “The one thing it has given me is a bit more confidence.” Ever the workhorse, Murray is keen to point out however that its hard work and commitment that will make the greatest difference in his performance “I needed to make sure that afterwards I worked hard. That’s the most important thing….Providing you work hard and you do all the right things in training, then you’ll get a good result.”
Although Murray has arguably been playing his best tennis this season, he hasn’t been without those disappointing losses and lows either. Caught by a knee injury that forced him to pull out of the Toronto Masters after just one match, he was then beaten in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters, an event that gives players a final tune-up before the US Open. With Federer winning yet again at the same tournament many believe that the Swiss will be the player to beat, but Murray isn’t so sure.
“I do not think its going to have much bearing at all” he confidently told reporters, “I have had enough practice.” Comparing his performance at the Australian Open earlier in the season were he “played some of my best tennis” after not having much of a competitive warm-up, although Murray hasn’t had the most decorated run to the hard court slam it’s doing nothing to shake his confidence.