The Year So Far In Review : Andy Murray
Andy Murray started the year as one of the, if not the, favourite for the Australian Open. With Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic not playing at their top level, and Rafael Nadal having never won a hardcourt major, many tipped Murray to win his first Slam under the hot Melbourne sun. He had been right up there with Rafael Nadal in terms of consistancy and titles. He had reached the final of the US Open in 08, and all signs pointed towards Murray snagging a Major soon.
It wasn’t to be. Andy Murray met a spirited and aggressive Fernando Verdasco in the forth round, and he lost in five. He still had a terrific hard court swing, taking Doha, Rotterdam, and the Masters 1000 tournament, Miami. Andy Murray wasn’t expected to excel on his worst surface come clay season, so when he lost in the quarter finals of Roland Garros, noone was suprised or particulary disappointed, least of all Murray.
Andy Murray won Queens in the build up to Wimbledon and was considered the favourite along with Roger Federer in his home Slam. The two could have met in the final, but Murray disappointed a nation when he fell to a rejuvinated Andy Roddick in the semis, again over five sets.
Murray remained unconcerned that his Slam dreams had not yet been fufilled. The US Open was his personal favourite and his best surface. He captured second Masters title of the year, Toronto, in the build up, and again was the favourite along with Roger Federer. Unfortuantly for him, Murray only earned the title of the biggest upset, falling to promising but unheralded Marin Cilic in the forth round. Andy Murray called it the most disappointing loss of his career, and stated he did not know how quickly it would take for him to recover. He was known to be suffering from a wrist injury at the time, but one must also question whether the pressures of a nation and a media had finally gotten to Andy Murray.
Murray has not returned to ATP action to date, pulling out of Shaghai, citing the same wrist injury.
Despite a more than healthy record in Masters events and against fellow top five players, Murray has continued to disappoint on the big stage. 2010 may be a do or die seaon for the third ranked Scot, as he once again tries to capture the all elusive first Slam title.
Overall Verdict : Marginally disappointing