|The Scot’s win-loss record for the season (50-7) is second to only Novak Djokovic’s 51-5|
2015 saw Murray withdrawing from Rome Masters, citing fatigue due to his exploits in Munich and Madrid, but it wasn’t replicated this time. More inspired than ever, The Scot defied all odds to reach the final without losing a set. The final saw Murray celebrating his 29th birthday by lifting his first trophy of the season and beating the defending champ Djokovic in straight sets.
The French Open didn’t start the way any Murray fan would have wanted. In the first round, he was pushed to 5 sets by Radek Stepanek and in the 2nd round by Mathias Bourgue, a wildcard. By stunning the defending champion Wawrinka in the semis, he set up a mouth-watering finale with Djokovic. By taking the first set and earning break opportunities at the start of the second, he was very much in line for his first Roland Garros title. But tired legs and Djokovic’s baseline precision didn’t help his cause. “Losing French Open really sucks”, stated Murray, disappointed by the loss but was focused for the grass-court swing. Murray defended his Queen’s Club title by beating Milos Raonic in the final, coming from a set and a break down. With Djokovic’s exit from Wimbledon in the third round, the draw tore wide open and Murray’s chances doubled. Also, with Federer ousted in the semis, Murray’s self-belief found a new level. He dismissed Tomas Berdych 6-3,6-3,6-3 to setup Raonic final. In the final, Murray counter-punched Raonic’s powerful serving and baseline game and beat the Canadian in straight sets.
Djokovic could once again be the favorite but Murray is red-hot going into the tournament. A Murray-Djokovic final is on the cards. Hopefully, this time, Murray can finally get the better of the World No 1.
Written by Mayank Sharma
A third year Engineering student at Delhi Technological University. An avid tennis fan and a die hard fan of Roger Federer. Loves writing articles on Tennis and developing Web pages.