A Fire Will Rise With Andy Murray

by The Insider on July 6, 2012 · 0 comments

in ATP News

Andy Murray has made history as the first British man to make a Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin in 1938, but as Tim Henman said, I’m sure Andy is looking to kill two birds with one stone and finally end Fred Perry’s 76 year reign as the last British winner of the men’s title.

The 25-year-old Brits opponent in this final is the six-time champion Roger Federer, no matter what anyone says, if they were both playing their best tennis at the same time Andy Murray would win hands down, you only have to watch his demolition of Federer in Shanghai 2010 or of Rafa Nadal in Tokyo last year to know that his best tennis is just remarkable! Murray’s key weakness is his mental strength as once things get into his head, his forehand starts to breakdown along with his footwork, though I’m hopeful that Andy will of watched Djokovic’s match vs Federer at Roland Garros last month as the way the Serb broke down the Swiss’s game showed how vulnerable he really is when players apply pressure to him.

The head to head is 8-7 in Murray’s favour but the last two victories have gone to Federer and they have never played on grass, in fact they have only ever played on hard courts. Rain could play a massive part on how the match plays as Federer is known as the master of indoor tennis however in my opinion the roof being closed favours Murray as everyone who’s played under the roof says it plays slower than outside which is ideal for Andy to get into the Federer service games and give himself the opportunity to be aggressive. The world number 4 has a history of choking in his three previous grand slam finals two of which were to Federer, but I firmly believe Murray will come out and play his game through and through not only for himself but to keep Lendl’s respect because he would hate to go back to the locker room and have to explain to the legend that he choked again!

The mainstream British press only really cover Wimbledon, no other tournaments on the tour and it really does affect the general publics opinion of Andy when they aren’t informed of his achievements and records. There will always be doubters but a fire is rising in support of Andy Murray and if he can pull off his first grand slam win over Roger Federer and take the Wimbledon title he will have more than earned the respect of everyone on this planet, one way or another, a storm is coming!

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