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Forget Novak, Why Andy Murray is Now the Man to Beat in Men’s Tennis

Forget Novak, Why Andy Murray is Now the Man to Beat in Men’s Tennis

Andy Murray is currently preparing for the US Open at Flushing Meadows in absolute peak physical condition.

Whilst Murray’s physicality could reasonably be debated, there is absolutely no doubting his sensational form on the court at the moment, with the previous four months standing out as the greatest of his trophy-laden career and he’ll be utterly determined to add a fourth Grand Slam to his already impressive haul.

The US Open starts officially on Monday, but whilst he’ll be familiar with the surroundings and opponents, Murray finds himself in uncharted territory, as he now looks like being the one to beat on the men’s tour.

For so long, Murray has played second fiddle to Novak Djokovic, as well as Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal before him, but now he stands apart as a modern legend in his own right.

Fresh from winning a second successive gold medal at the Rio Olympics, everything is set up for Murray to dominate tennis for the foreseeable future.

At 29, Murray is now a father and has never looked more content and relaxed on court.

His laid back demeanour is in stark contrast to Djokovic who, for some unknown reason, seems at war with himself, despite all of the incredible achievements in his career.

Of course, Djokovic broke down in tears when Juan Martin Del Potro sprung a surprise and knocked the Serb out of the Olympics singles competition and he looked a far cry (excuse the pun) from the steely-eyed predator we’ve all become accustomed to in the last few years.

It was a wretched night in Rio for Djokovic, especially when it came so hot on the heels of his shock exit at Wimbledon to Sam Querrey.

Of course, after both defeats, Djokovic cryptically spoke about not being “100% healthy”, and whilst he needs to quickly heal physically, it’s the mental scars left behind which could prove more troublesome and since that night in Rio, Djokovic hasn’t been seen in competitive action.

The 12-time major winner’s loss of form and confidence couldn’t have came at a worst time, with Murray going through the ultimate career purple patch – even if he is second favourite in TonyBet’s US Open betting odds.

Although Marin Cilic managed to halt Murray’s career-best 22-match winning streak in the final at Cincinnati Masters recently, the Scot will be a prime contender to add to his three Grand Slam titles – and will have the tennis world completely at his feet.

Federer won’t be in New York as he continues to recover from injury, and Nadal continues to look a shadow of the player who terrorised the men’s game several years ago.

A broken and wounded Djokovic is the only thing that stands between Murray and total domination, as the previously unattainable world No.1 spot looks more and more like an achievable target.

Tennis
@DannyCaw

Deputy Editor

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