This this finally be the one that Andy Murray captures? Or will he, again, break under the pressures of a nation desiring a major tennis title for the last 75 years (Last male British tennis player to win a major? Fred Perry 1936).
Now, looking at Murray’s performance during the 2011 Aussie Open, it’s obvious he is a serious contender to win this year. He’s practically been flawless in his tennis matches. Murray had a pretty easy run this year (who says tennis is easy?) cruising through the first, second, third, and fourth rounds. In those early rounds, Murray cleaned up in straight sets, not being broken in any of those matches.
In the quarters, Murray went toe to toe with – one of our new favorites – Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov (say that one time fast). Murray was obviously surprised that Dolgopolov was getting the ball back, and well to boot. Murry kicked it into high gear in the first set, where he captured it at 7 -5. Dolgopolov lost a little steam going into the second where Murray, in his fashion, took it 6-3. The spectators in Australia began pulling for Dolgopolov, which clearly energized him, so much so that he [Dolgopolov] took the third set to a tie breaker and closed the deal 7-6. Murray made quick note to not let his opponent get any looks on his serve of ground strokes, and won the match in four sets.We still got a lot of love for Alexandr “the rabbit” Dolgopolov.
The pressure in the semifinals must have come back tenfold as Murray dropped the first set in a Non-Murray fashion at 6-4. He eventually got his tennis buns back in gear and finished the match against David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, 7-6.
The real questions are, for Andy Murray, can he keep it together in the final? And can he actually play well enough to capture the title of 2011 Australian Open Champion?
To break it down, Murray can more than likely keep it together, considering he is not up against the likes of Nadal or Federer. The only thing that will keep Murray from preventing him from letting his mind stay focused is the pressure from Great Brittan – do you remember the 2009 Wimbledon semifinals? The Queen of England was going to show up for the first time in 30 years just to watch Murray, IF he made it to the finals? We all know how that ended up (A. Roddick advanced not A. Murray) – so that is one thing Murray is going to have to look past and keep his eye on the prize.
Andy Murray will meet Novak Djokovic in the Aussie finals. Murray has a pretty good record against Novak Djokovic, beating the Serb 3 out of 7 meetings. Murray has won the last three meetings, all on hard court. However; Djokovic is also in good form, ousting Roger Federer in straight sets during the semifinals.
Both tennis players have a great game and it will be an entertaining match to watch, especially since it’s been a while since somebody other than Nadal or Federer will be in the finals of a major tennis championship.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.