So he did it, Andy Murray has qualified for the WTF after a bad year of up and down results. This will be his 7th consecutive year that he has qualified (and 6th time he will have played there, he missed last year as he was recovering from his back operation). It has been a very edgy year for his fans, as they watched, waited and hoped for his recovery to finalise and for him to land back where he belongs – amongst the top players in the world part of the big 4 again.
It wasn’t until after the US Open that Murray seemed to have decided he needed to be in London, and made a concerted effort to get there, having won no titles at all in the 2014 season up to the Asian swing, he accepted a wildcard into Shenzhen and in an amazing final against Tommy Robredo he turned the match on it’s head! Appearing to be down and out in the 2nd set tiebreak (he was at that point one set down and 6-2 down in the tiebreak), Murray saved 5 match points to win the tiebreak and then take the 3rd set in a stroll, to give him his first ATP title of the year. From there, he seemed rejuvenated, and although he lost out in Beijing and Shanghai, he then took a wildcard into both Vienna and Valencia, winning both titles to take his 2014 season to 3 wins, 3 wildcards in just over 5 weeks – something never done before on the ATP tour, as there are usually 4 or 5 wildcard winners per season, not one player who wins 3 tournaments (and 2 back to back) from a wildcard.
Murray then moved onto Paris (and stood at 5th in the race ) and seeded 8th (depending on which rankings you were looking at, anywhere from 8th upto 6th ), and receiving a first round bye he needed to win 2 matches to ensure his spot for the 7th year running. He managed this with 2 very straight forward, and quick, straight set wins. This is a great achievement, and we know what part the number 7 has played in a very very large event in his career, could this be his year to win the WTF? or will he be too exhausted from the effort of the last few weeks playing so much tennis? Only time will tell, but this author is pleased to say that Andy Murray is back where he belongs.