2013 is Murray’s year to break the curse of Wimbledon and lift the trophy aloft.
Watching Murray play at this year’s tournament I have to say I’ve been really impressed with his playing. His choices and reading of the game are superb and the touches that he had to dink the ball just in the line against Janowich were sublime at times. I don’t think I’ve seen him play better – but then he has to be at his best to beat the world number one Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final. The crowd will be a big part of his armoury against the silky Serb and if history repeats itself he could repeat the victory he had last summer in the Olympics against Djokovic in the Semi-finals.
I’ve watched Andy now for several years and he just seems to know how to use his anger and energy in the right way now. Before when he got angry it had a physical effect on him but you can see how calm and focussed he is and he uses the frustration and wrath to his advantage in the way he plays. Tonight with the stupid decision to close the roof when the fourth set could easily have been played, we saw a more composed and sensible Murray in action; while he made his opinions clear on the subject he didn’t shout and scream and sulk. Four or five years ago we wouldn’t have seen the positive reaction we did for him to pick up where he left off before the enforced break.
As good as Djokovic is, I really think that this is Murray’s year to win his second slam – and a third is a strong possibility to if he maintains the fitness and momentum this season. With the first slam under his belt alongside that crucial win at the Olympics, he now has the ability with matched experience to take him onwards and upwards in trophies and world rankings. He has to take this opportunity as Nadal and’s Federer’s time looks to be passing – he has to stand up and stop Djokovic from being the sole dominant force in tennis, and he has the skills to do it.
I’ve already booked my seat on the Sofa for Sunday at 2pm ready with a can of Irn-Bru in hand I’ll be cheering on Andy while the kids are locked in a cupboard somewhere.