The US open – should we worry for Murray?
In spite of a recent decline in form, Andy Murray is still ranked third favorite by Betfair in the US Open. But will Britain’s best be able to repeat his past success at Flushing Meadow?
Just two years ago Flushing Meadow was the setting for Andy Murray’s incredible Grand Slam triumph. This was a turning point for the Scot and after his 2012 US Open victory he began 2013 with a newfound drive and confidence.
After a shaky start to the year, bowing out of both the Australian open and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, it was his drive and determination that catapulted him towards an astonishing Wimbledon victory in the summer of 2013. But this victory was to be his last in 2013 when he failed to reach the final of last years US Open. Since then Murray has fallen from 2nd to 9th in the world rankings, he’s not won another title and he’s lost 14 of 54 matches.
The drop in form is considered by most to have been caused by the back surgery Murray underwent shortly after the Wimbledon victory and he has gone on record to say that while the surgery was fairly straightforward there was a recovery period that he had to endure. It’s not difficult to imagine that it was this surgery and subsequent recovery period that has impacted on his form.
As well as the back surgery, Murray also split with his coach, Ivan Lendl, who has been a vital component to Murray’s game. It is widely believed that Lendl’s departure was brought about because he felt he could not commit enough time to Murray given the high expectations after the Wimbledon win.
Regardless of the facts surrounding his recent form, Murray has won Wimbledon and he does still have the potential to rediscover his past potential. The Betfair betting exchange currently rates him as 8/1 third favourite to win the US Open and while he may be ranked 9th in the world there are some that believe he poses more of a threat to Djokovic, Nadal and Federer than the current ranking would have us believe..
Murray is certainly happy with his new coach Amélie Mauresmo and it is hoped that this new partnership will ring in a new confidence and a return to the mental strength that helped him win those Grand Slam finals. It has been said that while Murray has returned to peak fitness he hasn’t had the mental fortitude to see his recent tournaments to the end.
For all the talk of a decline in form, Betfair’s 2015 Wimbledon odds have Murray as 7/2 second favourite, well ahead of Nadal and Federer and a reflection of the widespread belief that his decline isn’t terminal.