Four Australian Open finals in the last six years for Andy Murray. Four times he has finished the runner up – thus being labelled as Scottish again after briefly holding the label of British during the tournaments. He finished 2015 strongly, leading Great Britain to a historic Davis Cup title, and finishing at a career high number two in the rankings at years end. But can he finally break his duck in the opening major of the season?
Once again, there is one man standing in everyone’s way.
Novak Djokovic had 88 matches in the 2015 season. He lost six. But one of those games was against Murray in Montreal, on a hard court, and the 28-year old famously beat him in Flushing Meadows to win his first major. So the Serbian isn’t unstoppable.
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The draw has been very kind to Murray. As he advances through the tournament, he’ll play the lowest possible seed in each round. Round three is Joao Sousa (32). Bernard Tomic(16) is a banana skin in round 4. David Ferrer (8) could await in the quarter finals with Stan Wawrinka (4) following in the semi’s. Avoiding Roger Federer, who was drawn in the same half as Djokovic, until the final is a bonus for Murray. However, there could be a major distraction for him before he even hits a ball.
Kim Sears his wife is due to give birth to the couple’s first child at some time within the next month. Murray has gone on record saying that he’ll fly home to the UK should she go into labour, and his build up to the tournament has surely been affected by that. He’ll be hoping for a similar reaction to fatherhood that Djokovic had. Three Grand Slam titles were won by the Serb after becoming a father last year.
- No player has finished as runner up in the Australian Open more times than Murray
- He’s won 79.59% of his games at the major
- He’s the only player to lose his first four Australian Open finals
- But he’s also rumored to to be back with coach Amelie Mauresmo.
Murray’s in form. He won four titles last year, and with his draw should have a reasonable progression to at least the quarter finals. Back him at to win his quarter. That’s when it could get sticky , and he’s to exit at the QF stage. Come through that, and momentum should take him past Wawrinka, but I don’t think he’ll have enough magic to dethrone Djokovic, who’s won here four times in the last five years. Sorry Andy fans, but I’m thinking for him to be runner up yet again is too good to pass up. He could prove me wrong and go on to take the title at but I’d be backing Djokovic to come out on top (again) at