It’s been a great month for Andy Murray. Having not won a Grand Slam tennis tournament since his glorious Wimbledon crowning in 2013, Murray repeated the feat this past July, and has now claimed his second singles gold medal at the Olympics. Beating Juan Martin del Potro in 4 sets, Murray has shown the world that he’s back on top again.
However, it’s worth noting that he’s made this renaissance without having to face his chief adversary, Novak Djokovic. Djokovic has been a big part of why Murray, or any other tennis player, has found only limited success at major tournaments. Djokovic has been a machine. Up until Wimbledon, he had one the previous 4 Grand Slams, bringing the hurt down on everyone from Murray to Roger Federer. But this summer he has stumbled.
Djokovic’s 3rd round Wimbledon slip-up was as surprising as any, and his 1st round defeat in Rio was simply astounding. Has the Serbian master suddenly hit a brick wall? My initial thought is a quick no, as players simply don’t decline this rapidly without a major injury or life-altering change. To me, he’s simply hit a bit of a dry spell, and one that won’t last long.
What it suggests to me is that the 2016 US Open is going to involve a major heavyweight clash between Murray and Djokovic. With his recent successes, Murray will be desperate to come out on top this time. Since 2016, Murray has only bested Djokovic twice in 15 occasions. That is abysmal, though one of those two victories came recently in the Italian Open final.
Now that Novak is down a peg is this the time for Andy Murray to stake his claim once again at the top of the Men’s tennis game? I think this will be the major storyline heading into the US Open. Certainly there will be drama ahead!
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