On his day, Andy Murray is a truly magnificent tennis player and he deserves his spot near the top of the world rankings. Whilst Novak Djokovic stands tall and supreme above his nearest rivals, Murray has the capacity and potential to pip the Serbian at Wimbledon and end his dreams of securing all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.
The British number one has enjoyed a relatively successful campaign, having reached the final of both the Australian and French Open competitions. Unfortunately, he came up against the imperious Djokovic on both occasions and simply had no answer for the Serbian’s tenacity and consistency. However, that could all change at Murray’s favourite event this summer.
At the time of writing, Murray is priced at 4/1 to win Wimbledon in Coral’s tennis odds – decent value considering his prowess on the grass court surface. While his record against Djokovic is poor, Murray’s best chance of beating the Serbian is almost certainly on the grass court in front of a packed-out British crowd. And although Djokovic will be determined to get his hands on all four Grand Slams in 2016, Murray could prosper from the added pressure.
Murray has now reunited with former coach Ivan Lendl just in time for a shot at the Wimbledon crown. The British star has failed to stick with a single coach for a considerable period of time but obviously felt that Lendl was the right man to work with at this particular moment in his career. And he opened with a straight sets victory over Nicolas Mahut in his first game back after agreeing to work with Lendl again.
Right now, Murray is playing some fantastic stuff and the British star will be confident of showcasing his talent on the Wimbledon stage. If nothing else, he has shone in front of the British crowd in the past and there’s no reason to suggest he won’t do it again this summer.
Because it would be so typical of Murray to defy Djokovic when it matters most. The Scot is a fighter and his tenacious approach to sport in general will stand him in good stead for a long and successful career. In a way, he’s been unfortunate to come up against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in their peak years and the Briton deserves to be regarded as a true modern great. A Wimbledon triumph this year will certainly enhance his reputation at the very least…