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Greg Rusedski blog: Murray will one day win a grand slam event
The second week of Wimbledon started with another massive upset. The world number 1 and a lot of people’s pick to win the championship, Maria Sharapova, lost in the fourth round to Sabine Lisicki of Germany in straight sets.
This really opened up the top half of the woman’s draw and meant there would be a new world number 1. Victoria Azarenka the world number 2 or Agnieszka Radwanska the world number 3 would become the new world number 1. It all depended on who went further in the tournament. Radwanska took full advantage of Sharapova losing and made her first Grand Slam final.
On the other side of the draw Serena Williams powered her way through the draw to get back to the finals. In the semi-finals she outclassed Azarenka, which meant Radwanska became the new world number 1 on Monday. Serena beat Radwanska in the finals in three sets but never really looked like losing the match. If Serena played a full schedule, she would be the world number 1. This was not a good thing for woman’s tennis because the new world number 1 will be like all other previous world number 1′s on the woman’s side, who never have won a Grand Slam.
On the men’s side Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga all made the semi-finals. This was the expected line up once Rafael Nadal lost in the second round.
Many were predicting a Djokovic versus Murray final, and so was I. Roger Federer turned back time and played a blinder against Novak Djokovic to make his record breaking eighth Wimbledon final. Roger rose to the occasion and has never lost in a Wimbledon semi-final. Novak Djokovic on the other hand, came out nervously and did not manage to lift his game when he need to, for the first time since dominating men’s tennis for the last year and a half.
Andy Murray in his fourth Wimbledon semi-final came out playing his best tennis of the championships against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. He won the first two sets in no time and looked like he was on his way to his first Wimbledon finals. Then Tsonga lifted his game in the third set to win it, but Murray showed great mental toughness to win in four sets. Ivan Lendl has done a great job and is starting to give Murray the tactical and mental edge he needs to win his first major. Andy became the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1938 to make the Wimbledon finals. Murray mania was hitting the whole nation.
The finals between Roger Federer and Andy Murray was intriguing because if Federer won, he would tie Pete Sampras with seven Wimbledon Championships and become world number 1 again. Also, breaking Sampras’s record of most weeks at number 1.
Andy Murray on the other hand was trying to win his first major and was trying to be the first male player in Britain to win the men’s singles title since the great Fred Perry in 1936.
Andy Murray played the better tennis for a set and half, but at 6 5 30 all, Roger Federer played two of the best points I have ever seen to win the second set. Then the rains came. The roof was closed and Federer lifted his game again to win in four sets. Federer now has won seventeen majors and surely nobody will be able to break that record. Federer looks to be back to his best and is world number 1 again.
For Andy Murray, he is on the right path and if he can play five sets at the standard of the first two sets he will win a major.