A superb season for the Scot
It has been a very successful summer for Britain’s Andy Murray to say the least. Since reuniting with his coach Ivan Lendl, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, the world number two has captured a record fifth Queen’s Club title, a second Wimbledon crown and successfully defended his Olympic title after capturing the gold medal in Rio.
To add to that impressive list of achievements, since April, Murray has only lost four matches, the semifinals in Monte Carlo (l. Nadal), the final in Madrid (l. Djokovic), the French Open final (l. Djokovic) and most recently at the Cincinnati final, where he fell to Marin Cilic in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. That defeat ended a 22 match-winning streak for the three-time Grand Slam champion, the best run of his career.
Looking ahead to the US Open
Murray does not feel disheartened following that defeat as he put together an incredible run of victories and performances in recent months and is in good form heading into the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, which begins on Monday the 29th of August.
Speaking to Eurosport, the Brit said, ”I think I’m playing my best tennis just now. It’s not even close to anything else I had done before. Seven finals in a row, winning Wimbledon again, and the Olympics. It’s been really good.”
Murray broke his Grand Slam duck four years ago at Flushing Meadows with a five sets victory over Novak Djokovic, and added: ”I’m looking forward to New York for sure.” Despite that triumph in 2012 it has not been the happiest hunting ground for the world number two since then, falling at the quarterfinal stage in 2013 (l. Wawrinka) and in 2014 (l. Djokovic), before only reaching the fourth round last year (l. Anderson).
The fact that Murray has reached at least the final in each of his last seven tournaments and has contested the final in each of the last three slams bodes well for the 29-year-old to improve on recent performances in New York in his quest for a fourth Grand Slam and to attain the world number one ranking.