Andy Murray takes on world No.1 Novak Djokovic today in a bid to the end Britain’s 77 year wait for a Wimbledon men’s singles champion. Tennis legend Fred Perry is the last British player to win the men’s Wimbledon championship in 1936, and was the last British player to win a Men’s singles Grand Slam title until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012.
“I think I’ll be probably in a better place mentally,” Murray told BBC Sport, “I would hope so just because I’ve been there before.”
Murray, who is on a 17-match winning streak on grass, has only met Djokovic once on the surface before, where the Brit sealed a straight-sets win in the 2012 Olympic semi-final.
All of Great Britain knows that Andy can play on grass…but will he be good enough to beat Djokovic on this day? That depends a great deal on which Andy Murray will show up on the hallowed grounds. Will it be the Murray who attacks and forces play with aggression and confidence? Or will it be the Murray who defends his side of the court with consistency and a patented counter-punching style? I say it had better be a great deal of both because Novak will be stoked to hoist his second Wimbledon trophy.
After having to withdraw from the French, Murray defeats Marin Cilic to take the trophy at Queens Club.
“I played two top grass-court players the last couple of days,” said Murray, who also beat world No6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final match. “So to come through after the last three, four weeks is really, really nice.”
World number three Andy Murray returns to match play this weekend at Indian Wells. He could take over the number two spot in the ATP rankings by reaching the finals. But there’s a catch. This changing of the guard can only take place if world #2 Roger Federer loses before the semis. Wonder what the odds of that happening are?
At any rate, to help things along, third seeded Murray has a first round bye and will play either Evgeny Donskoy or Tatsuma Ito on Saturday or Sunday. On second thought, that bye may not be any help at all. Andy hasn’t played a match since his loss to Djokovic in the finals of the Autsralian Open in January. Most would say that a couple of tune-up matches would be beneficial to any player looking to get back in the mix. We will see.
The Indian Wells Masters, also know as the BNP Paribas Open, will see Murray, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the same tournament for the first time since last year’s Wimbledon.
Keeping his eye on the prize, the Scot could face Kei Nishikori in the fourth round, Juan Matin del Potro in the quarter finals, Novak Djokovic in the semis, and Rafa in the finals (if Federer loses).
As for Nadal, he returned to action last week on clay in Latin America and came away with a championship trophy in Mexico. For me, his success was a gimme on that surface, but I’m not so sure his rehabilitated knee is ready for the likes of the top three on the hardcourts of Indian Wells. Personally, I think a Murray/Nadal matchup would be very interesting and highly entertaining. I’ll be pulling for the both of them.