Mature Murray masters his demons.

4 Jul

Andy Murray

Andy Murray – Phew. The Brits can breathe again.

Scottish world #2 Andy Murray appeared to have the fright of his life against a rampaging Fernando Verdasco. The darling of Wimbledon was forced to dig so deep he almost swapped the racket for a shovel as Verdasco unleashed 2 and half sets of tennis nirvana. We learnt something about Murray yesterday – he has a streak of stubborness – we already knew that, but he now has a steely resolve to match the grumpy exterior. Ivan Lendl would be proud.

As Murray said after the match, “my frustration may have affected me in the past, but I don’t think that is the case anymore”. Murray added when asked what he changed at 2 sets to love down –  “I was more patient, took a little longer between points and didn’t give him any free points after that”. Murray appears ready, his belief system is strong, his foot speed impressive, his all-court game flourishing. Under Lendl he has found his place. It is here and now – competing in Slam semis and finals and doing it with confidence.

There was no sense of relief from Murray – that sentiment was overplayed by every Brit in the crowd, on Murray Mound and by those watching on the tube. Grand Slam tennis is played over 5 sets, and it’s played, at this level, mainly between the ears. Murray simply got the job done – the telling moment was how he served out the match. Clinical. Professional. No fuss. Ivan Lendl was proud.

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray

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