Despite Andy Murray’s slightly disappointing performance at the Tennis Masters Cup, there is no doubt he has cemented his place at the top of the game and will stay there for years to come.
Murray lost out to Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-final in Shanghai after tiring himself out beating Roger Federer in an epic three-hour encounter the day before.
In previous years I have never been a massive supporter of Murray due to his erratic performances, injuries and dodgy serve. Thankfully he spent time working on his physical condition before the start of the season with rigorous fitness and weight training sessions.
As a result of some serious hard work, it all came together in the second half of the year when he proved just how gifted he is, and I am now totally behind the seriously talented Scot. I would go as far to say that he is the best player in the world at the moment as he is able to play at the highest level for longer than anyone else due to his phenomenal fitness levels.
Once he got the clay-court season out of the way there was no stopping him as he delivered a number of amazing performances, coming back to win from seemingly perilous positions. If there was a tennis dictionary, under the definition of grinder it would just read ‘Andrew Murray’.
There is absolutely no question that the turning point of Murray’s year came when he fought back from two sets down against Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon. This match had the most amazing atmosphere I have ever experienced with the crowd, for the first time, really interacting and feeding off Murray’s every move.
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