Andy Murray the wotld number one
For the first time in decades, Great Britain is home to the best male tennis player on the planet. Andy Murray has been phenomenal in 2016, winning the last five ranking events and 51 of his 54 games since losing in the French Open final earlier this summer.
After a difficult few years, Murray has found his best form this season and the Scot cemented his position as the best player of the world standings on November 20th as he beat Nole to take the ATP World Tour Finals crown – a victory that ensured Murray to be the world number one at least till the Australian Open in January.
Murray’s straight sets success over Djokovic has sent shockwaves across the tennis world and people will undoubtedly be taking him seriously ahead of the 2017 campaign. Someone says that Djokovic is still the strongest when he is in form. But let's see if Djokovic will be able once again gain the phenomenal form, while Murray who has just came into the status of the strongest tennis players, will clearly dominate at least in the first part of the 2017 season.
After all, he really has raised his game throughout 2016; consider his performances in Grand Slam events, retaining his Gold medal at the Olympic Games and finally snatching the world number one status – it is hard to find many low points in what has been a phenomenal year for Murray.
As of November 21st, Murray is a three-time Grand Slam champion but the British star will be expecting to win at least two of the major competitions in 2017. Right now, he is a class above his rivals. The only person who can challenge his dominance at the summit of the sport is Djokovic.
While the likes of Stanislas Wawrinka and Milos Raonic are both capable of winning these events, Murray is incredibly consistent and it would take a brave man to push back against the Scot. If he can regain his current form at the beginning of next year, he will surely take some beating...
The British hero should now relax and enjoy some well-earned time with his family before undergoing pre-season training ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne. At the time of writing, Murray is priced at 7/4 to win the event in bet365’s tennis betting odds, but to stay at the top of rankings it will be better for him to win this Grand Slam. On the other hand we are not sure that Djokovic will win. Though even if Murray would not take the Australian title there is a chance that he will be the number one in January.
While Murray cannot afford to get too far ahead of himself, there’s nothing wrong with planning for the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in advance. At the end of the day, solid showings in the Grand Slam events will give the 29-year-old pro a much greater chance of maintaining his status as the best player on the planet.
Murray is on the verge of greatness and he knows it. If the world number one is serious about building on his 2016 success next year, he must hone in on improving his game even further. Although the British star seems to have full control of his mental demons nowadays, he cannot afford to take his foot off the gas, especially if he wants to add a few more major crowns to his glittering trophy cabinet.
Tennis requires plenty of concentration and Murray will need to focus on each and every point in order to improve and hold Djokovic off at the top of the charts. If he continues in the same vein in 2017, more Grand Slam titles and ranking event triumphs will certainly follow.
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