It’s been a frustrating year for Andy Murray: he hasn’t been able to dislodge the dominant trifecta of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in the major tournaments, but recent form suggests he could be making headway. In the last week, Murray continued his rich vein of end-of-season form, winning his third tournament in a month by beating David Ferrer 7-5, 6-4 in Shanghai after previous successes on the hard courts of Bangkok and Tokyo.
In winning the tournament, Murray clinched third spot in the ATP rankings, overtaking Roger Federer for the first time in his career. Speaking about it Murray said, “for a lot of years, everything went very right for him. He’s had a few tournaments this year where maybe things could have gone his way and they didn’t. That’s tough. But I’m sure next year he’ll be competing. He’s still playing great tennis.”
…where he could step out of the shadows…
Federer slipped to his lowest ranking since 2003, the year in which he picked up his first Grand Slam (Wimbledon). For Murray this could be a pivotal moment, a moment where he could step out of the shadows of his more consistent and trophy-hungry peers and be more than just a challenger for major slams.
His place as No.3 is not assured yet with the Paris Masters to come in November before the ATP Finals in London later in the year. Murray will be hoping to take his winning streak, and the confidence that comes with it, and aim for a career high finish to the year, providing a good platform for next year’s assault on the Majors.
Images courtesy of Andy Murray and Roger Federer