Archive for September, 2012

 

Murray Wins In New York And Officially Makes The Big 4!

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Scotland’s Andy Murray has finally secured that elusive maiden Grand Slam title and in doing so he has finally put to rest the argument about whether we have a Big 4 in men’s tennis or not, prior to his victory in Flushing Meadows, New York I did not consider Andy to be among the so called Big 4, until Murray nailed his first major title I believed we only ever had a Big 3 in the men’s game, but with his exciting five set victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium against his friend and rival Novak Djokovic the 25 year old Brit has now confirmed his place among the elite quartet in the men’s game.

Surely the pressure valve on the Scot would have now been released completely with his US Open victory and that can only benefit the man many were previously considering calling the best player to have never won a major title, he is now free from having to answer the age old question of “do you think you can win a Grand Slam title?” It will be interesting to see if this success now gives Andy the confidence to go on and win more major titles in the years ahead, I for one think that it will, how many title’s though I wouldn’t like to guess because he will still be battling the likes of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal in the foreseeable future.

I expect that Murray will now be talked about as a serious contender before each Grand Slam event in 2013 and it’s certainly apparent that he enjoys the hard courts in both Melbourne and New York, on top of that he has an adoring fan base at SW19 which more »

 

The Big Three Still On Course In New York!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The big three names in both the men’s and women’s singles championships are still alive and on course for an eventual showdown at the 2012 US Open, as we embark on the championship week of the tournament Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still favoured in the men’s draw while in the women’s draw Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are firm favourites also.

It would be a major surprise if the champion of each individual title is not one of those six players I have listed above, in the men’s tournament Federer and Djokovic have been impressive in the early rounds and most people are probably still predicting a grand final showdown between the world’s two top ranked players, Federer has been in sublime form and will take on Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, Murray has finally shown some form at the beginning of the second week by dispatching the dangerous Milos Raonic in straight sets and many, including me, will now be expecting a blockbuster semifinal between Andy and Roger on Super Saturday, Novak appears to have two things in his favour, he is in good form and potentially he has a more favourable looking semifinal draw against possibly David Ferrer.

In the women’s tournament Serena remains the hot favourite to win her 4th US Open crown as she faces Serb Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals and then either one of the Italian doubles partners Sara Errani or Roberta Vinci in the semifinals, on paper Williams looks odds on to reach her more »