It is credit to Andy Murray’s immense tennis talent that every time the British number one suffers defeat to anyone other than the big three on the ATP Tour circuit, it’s deemed to be crisis point.
The latest setback was a big surprise, especially as Borna Coric ranks 81 places lower, as a strangely sloppy Murray let the Croatian teenager boss things in the Dubai quarter finals, 6-1, 6-3.
A former US Open junior champion Coric is no mug on hard courts and a bright future is predicted for the 18-year-old, while Murray’s lapse in concentration could be attributed to the upcoming Davis Cup tie against United States.
This is certainly the view of one of America’s finest ever wielders of a tennis racket, Andre Agassi.
The eight-time Grand Slam winner said: “I don’t begrudge him (Murray) having certain priorities. He’s preparing for what he probably is really valuing – that is the Davis Cup”.
Agassi added: “His skillset on a tennis court is really unique. I think he’s in for a fantastic year.”
Murray is 13/8 to win a Grand Slam in 2015 with Ladbrokes and although he came up short yet again at the Australian Open, it was largely the mental side of his game, not his phenomenal tennis which ultimately cost him a maiden title in Melbourne.
A break up in the third against Novak Djokovic at one set all, Murray was in the driving seat in that final and he’ll have to take the lessons of losing his calm on board.
A French Open victory would be a minor miracle, but he has already lifted the final two Slams of the season in previous years. Murray is second in the Wimbledon betting at 7/2 and third at 5/1 behind Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for a second US Open title.
Murray’s peak physical condition alone – compared to his injury-plagued 2014 – is reason enough to get excited, while his 15-3 record early in the season has taken him into the world’s top three.
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