The Lone Ranger versus the Father: preview of Murray and Federer at the US OPEN

Andy Murray’s recent impressive defence of his Toronto Master’s title following back to back victories over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has meant that once again he is one of the firm favourites for the US Open which starts tomorrow.

The final marked a welcome return to the more aggressive style of play witnessed before the devastating psychological impact of losing to Roger Federer in the Australian Open at the start of the year. The Canadian fans were treated to a more focused and mature performance from the young Scot, unnerved by the rain delays and the prospect of facing his arch nemesis once again, prevailing 7-5, 7-5 to record his first title victory of the season.

The win brought Murray’s head to head record to seven wins out of twelve against the majestic Swiss master, but the world waits with baited breath to see whether he can maintain his form throughout the grueling two weeks of a Grand Slam or simply continue his reign as the best player never to have won a major.

Murray remains confident of his chances and revealed, “I feel very fresh after taking a couple of days off after reaching the quarter finals in Cincinnati and right now I’m fine physically. The Toronto win was very good for the confidence and now I’ve been in New York, a city I love, for a week. I feel good which is important because I know I have got to produce my best tennis.”

Indeed, on recent form and the shape of the US Open draw, Murray is likely to face Federer once again in the final, with Rafael Nadal certainly less impressive during the American hard court season. While each feels equally confident of victory, their summer preparations couldn’t have been further apart.
Murray has spent the summer enjoying his rekindled romance with Kim Sears, whilst Federer has had to come to terms with balancing being a father to twins with the pressures of the tour; a fact he has taken into consideration when taking on the advice of new coach, Paul Annacone, who also had children early in his playing career. Meanwhile, in July Murray chose to sever ties with his coach of two and a half years, Miles Maclagan.

Will Murray carry on his good form and survive the two weeks unscathed as a lone ranger or will Federer succeed with the inspiration and insight of his new right hand man and former coach of Pete Sampras? Or will a certain Spaniard spoil the party? Be sure to tune and join the rollercoaster ride at Flushing Meadows, but remember to hold on to your hats and glasses folks, as we’re certainly in for some unpredictable twists and turns!

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One response to “The Lone Ranger versus the Father: preview of Murray and Federer at the US OPEN

  • GunzInToon

    Interesting blog that I have stumbled on t’internet.

    While Murray has an exceptional chance, due to his win at Toronto, I’m not entirely convinced of the Scot (or Brit!). DecoTurf clearly gives him most success, with the different pace and bounce on the hardcourt, but let us not forget the opposition. Herr Federer has won the US Open in five years out of six (2004-2008), with Senor Del Potro winning the 2009 tournament. Apart from finishing as a runner up in 2008, where he lost to Federer, Murray has never progressed beyond the 4th round since 2005. I would also like to point out that Murray beats Federer in three set matches, and not during Grand Slams. However, when it comes to five set matches, I sense Murray lacks the mental toughness to beat the best over five sets.

    There is no doubting his ability, but I feel the lad lacks the grace of Federer or the passion of Nadal. To me, he seems like a very good tennis player and that’s it. This is why he will not win the title.

    I predict a Soderling vs Federer/Nadal final. Soderling has game and should Murray face the Swede, he may learn a few things…

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