It’s been quite some year for Andy Murray – from having a daughter, to overtaking Novak Djokovic to the World Number One spot. If I was honest, it is true that Djokovic has had a slip this year compared to the dominance he showed last year, but you have to give Murray the credit.
Usually he works very hard to reach a grand slam final but ends up on the losing side. If you look at his record of grand slam finals, he has won just three of the eight finals he has contested in his career.
The turn of the year has practically revolutionised Andy Murray as he has shown his strength fighting for more grand-slams against tennis’ elite players – the likes of Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and, of course, the all-time great, Roger Federer. But this year it has mainly been between Djokovic and Murray in terms of the top two spots; since injury and age have caught up with Nadal and Federer respectively, causing them to slip down the rankings.
Though winning just one grand slam this year, Murray has proved his worth in the other tournaments, always taking the full advantage if Djokovic lost or opted not to take part because of fatigue and rest. Murray’s stunning victory over Juan Martin del Potro at Rio this year has also demonstrated his strength to carry on going, especially in tough conditions when he was tired and was getting moved around the court continuously by the ability of his Argentine opponent.
We saw Murray return in kind as he bullied del Potro around the court, smashing those forehands and backhands and most importantly frustrating his opponent. Other tournaments have also shown Murray’s mental strength as he now shows his composure when on the losing end of the court, always fighting back and desperate for glory.
The World Number One spot has brought Britain pride and happiness, but now they will have to turn their attention to the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 as he faces a very hard group containing Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori and, last year’s nemesis, Stan Wawrinka, who dented his chances in the semi-finals last year.
By Mustafa Shakil