After Andy Murray’s shock exit in the US Open how will he perform in the Australian Open?
Andy Murray suffered his earliest Grand Slam knock out of the year at the US open, after Japan’s Kei Nishikori won the US open Quarter Final and knocked out the British tennis star, 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The rain was deemed to be one of the main causes for Andy Murray’s defeat, as he lost his rhythm completely after the rain forced the roof to close. Now the World no.1, the Scotsman has enjoyed the best year of his career, after being the runner-up at the Australian and French opens before winning Wimbledon and Olympic Gold (and becoming a father in the process), and the star player will be looking to continue his run in 2017. The Australian Open will be starting up again in January, so we’re taking a look at how he will perform.
After the shock exit from the US open this year, Andy Murray will be looking to ensure that it does not happen again, which could put a lot of pressure on the player. Murray seems to do well under pressure, and despite having pushed himself already this year, he is likely to want to carry on to reach the final of the Australian Open, and move from runner-up to champion. However the pressure that others may perceive, may not necessarily be felt by him, as he commented that despite his loss he was proud and hadn’t let anyone down. As he regained his positive mindset, Murray will have undoubtedly put himself under pressure at the Paris Masters when he knew that Djokovic had not reached the final, and a win for Murray would see him become World no.1 for the first time in his career. Thankfully, Murray didn’t buckle under pressure and took his place atop the men’s tennis throne.
One factor that cost him his title at the Australian Open 2016, was that he had a slow, lethargic start, which resulted in him losing the match. This is not a common factor with Murray’s game, and this can be seen as he lost rhythm at the end of the match in the US open. As long as Murray takes hold of these improvements and looks at them in a positive way in order so he aims to have a strong game throughout, which we know he is capable of, he is likely to perform much better in his run in 2017.
Andy Murray is highly likely to continue to be one of the favorites to win the Australian Open next year, due to the fact that he is currently in the form of his life, and he is currently tipped by 888sport to win his match in the Davis Cup against Juan Del Potro at 2/19. The quarter final loss may just be a hiccup, and he is now looking to miss his grandfather’s funeral to play for Great Britain in the Davis Cup, showing just how much passion the Scotsman has for his game. His form will be closely watched throughout the Cup, but it is likely that he will perform just as he has done throughout many of the other Grand Slam titles and other competitions. If he stays on top form, then he has a very good chance of being the champion at the Australian Open next year.