It has been a sensational year for Andy Murray and also for those closest to the player. At the start of 2016, the Scot fell short in the Australian Open final once again but celebrated the birth of his first child with wife Kim Sears. Just six months later, Murray has been incredibly busy – winning his second Wimbledon title and successfully defending his Olympic gold medal four years after claiming the award in London.
And with the US Open now officially underway, the 29-year-old will be looking to secure another major title to cap off a phenomenal campaign. Despite Novak Djokovic’s best efforts, Murray has closed the gap at the top of the world rankings and the British number one will be quietly confident of surpassing the Serbian in 2017; that is how well he is playing right now.
At the time of writing, Andy Murray is valued at 7/4 to win the title in the US Open betting odds and plenty of punters will fancy the Scot to do just that after his tremendous end to the season. Murray has found a new lease of life in recent times and is beginning to assert his dominance on the big stage – something that he has failed to do since breaking onto the scene in 2005.
Djokovic, in contrast, has struggled to replicate his 2015 form and Murray will be desperate to take advantage before the extended break at the end of the season. The Scot will be looking forward to spending time with his family in the next few months but that will taste all the more sweeter if he has another US Open success under his belt. Murray has failed to perform consistently well for many years but his previous shortcomings will be forgotten about if he goes on to win another three or four Grand Slam crowns.
However, Djokovic shouldn’t be written off. The Serbian struggled at Wimbledon earlier this summer as he crashed out in the third round in a shock defeat to Sam Querrey before falling short at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Ultimately, it just hasn’t been his year and the pressure of chasing down Roger Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slam titles may be playing on his mind. If Djokovic focuses on his own game, he is as good as anyone and Murray may have his work cut out.
Whatever happens, it has been a year to remember for the Scot and his entourage. While he lost two major finals in the first few months of 2016, Murray’s achievements this summer and beyond will live long in the memory. The Scot is re-writing the history books and a few more Grand Slam titles could see him stake a claim as the greatest British male tennis player of all-time. It would certainly be foolish to argue against that belief if Murray can maintain this level of performance for the coming years.
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