Andy Murray has had a summer to remember. Victory at Wimbledon followed by retaining his Olympic crown at the Rio Olympic games has put Murray firmly in the spotlight to continue his 2016 success.
Now he is on the path to claim his second US Open title at the Iconic Flushing Meadows venue New York.
Murray has already made it into the second round after defeating the Czech Republic’s Rosol in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and will now face Spain’s Marcel Gramoller in round two.
Murray’s serve played a key role in dispatching Rosol, as he fired in 11 Aces and made just 17 unforced errors on his way to a comprehensive first round win.
Murray is viewed by many as the favourite (despite being the second seed) due to his summer form. Although he lost the Cincinnati Masters final to a resurgent Marian Cilic (who claimed his first Masters 1000 title), Murray still looked fresh leaving plenty still in the locker, telling the media: –
“It was a tough start to the match and once I got the break up, I started to relax and play well. I don’t think I had any break points against me, which was good, I had good variation on the second serve as well”
Number one seed Novak Djokovic has had a tough time of it of late and is still trying to come to terms with his first round exit at the Olympics. Injury doubts persist for the Serbian and are playing straight into Andy Murray’s hands.
Novak is safely through to the second but only after a struggle against Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, who took Djokovic to four sets but eventually lost out to the world number one 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
During the first set there was a slight scare as Djokovic had to call on his trainer due to an ongoing niggling wrist injury but Novak managed to push through and see out the game.
Of his injury he told reporters said: –
“It was just prevention. It’s all good. It’s getting better and better each day.
“Hopefully as the tournament progresses, I’ll reach my peak.
“There are periods when you’re not feeling 100% but I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about this now. I’m just glad to come through this day and let’s keep on moving.”
Next up for Djokovic is Jiri Vesely from the Czech Republic but the question still remains over that wrist injury and whether he has the durability to reach the final and win.
All of this points to a second US Open title for Andy Murray. Others will prove a challenge (for example Cilic, Wawrinka and even a returning to form Nadal) But the smart money really is on Andy Murray to continue to reach the upper Echelons of the sport and claim his Fourth Grand Slam Title.