Well you came and you played without losing
And you’re in the Quarters, oh M’Andy
Andy Murray is through to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the eighth year in a row. It’s also his 16th in a row in a grand slam tournament. When you think about it Tim Henman was some man to get all that support for doing nada.
Big Andy was obviously visibly delighted to get past the 6ft 11in Croat Ivo Karlovic in four sets on another day of drama at the All England Club.
Andy Murray simply couldn’t hide his delight after beating Ivo Karlovic in four sets: pic.twitter.com/EqtZ7kwNx1
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 6, 2015
With Andy playing some lovely tennis, we thought that perhaps he might just go all the way this year, so we’ve had a look at some stats to see if 2015 Andy can match 2013 Andy.
Murray’s win rate this year is an impressive 88%, compared to just 74% in 2014. His form in 2013 when he won Wimbledon gave him a win rate of 84%, so he already has one up on 2013 Andy.
- Total: 45 – 6
- Grass: 9 – 0
- Total: 43 – 8
- Grass: 12 – 0
Before the French Open, we looked at how much he has improved on clay surfaces, and while many had said it was down to his new marital status, we put it down to his new coach – Amelie Mauresmo. Many were surprised when Murray appointed a female to be his coach, but they have been proven wrong. Since she has been appointed, not only has Murray’s win rate on clay gone up, but his overall win rate has dramatically increased.
Back in 2013, Andy Murray didn’t really play any of the big dogs until he met Novak Djokovic in the final, and so far this year it looks like that may be the case again. At least until the Semi’s where a certain Mr. Federer may await. But sure look, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
|Final||Novak Djokovic||6-4 7-5 6-4|
|Semi Final||Jerzy Janowicz||6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3|
|Quarter Final||Fernando Verdasco||4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5|
|R16||Mikhail Youzhny||6-4 7-6 6-1|
|R32||Tommy Robredo||6-2 6-4 7-5|
|R64||Yen-Hsun Lu||6-3 6-3 7-5|
|R128||Benjamin Becker||6-4 6-3 6-2|
|Quarter Final||Vaske Pospisil|
|R16||Ivo Karlovic||7-6(7) 6-4 5-7 6-4|
|R32||Andreas Seppi||6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1|
|R64||Robin Haase||6-1 6-1 6-4|
|R128||Mikhail Kukushkin||6-4 7-6(3) 6-4|
Apart from the first round, his points score has been gradually increasing over each game as each round progresses, showing that he his only warming up. You’d pity his upcoming opponents if he keeps this up! See below for full stats on Andy this year in Wimbledon.
Next up for M’Andy is Vaske Pospisil, who had to come from behind to beat James Ward on Saturday, and then dropped the first two sets against Viktor Troicki before winning 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in just two hours and 39 minutes. During that time I managed to get through almost five episodes on Netflix. Heh.
The young Canadian has played three five-setters in a row, but Murray does have a bit of an injury concern. He seemed to hurt his shoulder during his win over Andreas Seppi but he tried to allay fears by telling us that: “It feels better. I would have liked to have served a little bit bigger today. I’m still conscious of it, playing with quite a lot of taping on the shoulder. I played for three hours and it feels better than it did three, four days ago, which is positive.” He said that smiling.
This picture of Andy Murray is making me howl, is he capable of smiling? pic.twitter.com/Hf6bHk02XL
— Dan (@danrhodes_93) December 30, 2014
For now though, the signs look good for Andy Murray to continue his charge towards a second Wimbledon title, with his overall form, win ratio and general tennis play smiles better than 2013. Smiles better? Gettit?!
We checked out those that are backing Andy, and he’s definitely Scotland’s Andy Murray. Can the Scot repeat his 2013 feat in the coming days?
Andy’s 2015 Wimbledon stats so far:
|Tie breaks played||1||0||0||1|
|Total double faults||3||2||3||4|
|1st serves in||62||39||60||100|
|% 1st serves in||65||57||64||74|
|1st serve points won||47||32||42||80|
|% 1st serve points won||76||82||70||80|
|% 2nd Serve points won||48||66||53||58|
|Service points won||63||51||60||101|
|Return games won||5||6||7||2|