London Olympics 2012: 3 Reasons Andy Murray Will Come Away with Gold
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The London Olympics are right around the corner, and that means another gold medal will be awarded to a male tennis player.
This years tournament will take place at the All England Club, on its hallowed grass courts.
The play at Wimbledon will end on July 8th, but the Olympics will be played on the same courts, starting on July 28th.
So basically, there will be two Wimbledons this year.
This is something that every tennis fan will cherish, because getting to watch two tournaments from the All England Club is like winning the tennis lottery.
It will be an interesting couple months for Great Britain's top ranked player- Andy Murray.
Murray will be under even more pressure this year than in years past. As he will be expected to play in front of his home fans for tennis glory twice in just over a month.
However, Murray is no stranger to pressure. He is constantly reminded that no player from Great Britain has won a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry did so in 1936. Many feel that the constant attention, and the pressure that accompanies that attention, has impacted Murray's results in the final rounds of the Grand Slam's in a negative way.
Murray is under the most pressure to win at Wimbledon, and that pressure may be even greater at the Olympics.
If he is able to secure Olympic gold, he will be viewed in a different light, and there is reason to believe that he might be ready to breakthrough and capture the gold this summer.
He Is Already Focused on Winning the Event
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Andy Murray has called the 2012 season the most important of his career because London is hosting the Olympics.
He will have the opportunity to win Olympic gold in front of his hometown fans, which hasn't been done since Andre Agassi claimed the top prize in Atlanta.
At the event in Monte Carlo, Murray said:
'I still have plenty of chances to win a Slam and, of course, I believe I will. But the Olympics come around only every four years and, in the case of them being staged in Britain, once in a lifetime. So this is it.'
This event means more to Murray than any other event on the calendar.
He has made it quite clear that winning gold in London would mean more than to him than a Grand Slam.
This is a very strong statement from Murray because he has yet to win his first Slam and is constantly reminded of that fact.
The best players in tennis are compared by the number of major titles they have won. It is crucial for Murray's legacy to win a major.
While other players will be fatigued both mentally and physically from Wimbledon, the great Scot will stay focused on his goal.
Murray will come to the Olympics determined, and will be ready to assert himself as an Olympic champion.
Lucky for Murray, the entire crowd will be completely behind him.
He Will Have Tremendous Support and He Has the Ability to Win
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Andy Murray will have the backing of the entire host nation when the Olympics kick off.
A gold medal in mens tennis would be celebrated across all of Great Britain, and Murray has the game to make that celebration happen.
Murray arguably plays the best defense in the world, and he has the firepower to beat anyone.
For Murray to win the event, he will need to assert himself upon his foes. If he is able to play in an efficient and aggressive manner then Murray will be a tough out for anyone.
He has already beaten the other top players in the world; including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
If Murray hopes to win a big title, then he may need to beat two of the players mentioned above in the same tournament. That is what Djokovic did at this year's Australian Open, when he beat Murray in the semi-final, and then overcame Nadal in the final.
The hometown Murray, will have millions of fans rooting for him every time he takes the court during the 2012 Olympic games.
He Will Learn from His Past Olympic Disappointment
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At the Beijing Olypmics in 2008, Andy Murray was upset in his first match against Lu Yen- Hsun.
Hsun, who hails from Chinese Taipei, had the home crowd behind him, and it showed in the result.
In that match, Murray double faulted to lose the first set and never recovered. He would go on to lose the second set 4-6, and in the best of three format that was enough to bounce Murray from the tournament.
At the time, the loss was devastating for Murray.
He entered the event playing very well, as evidenced by his victory in Cincinnati the previous week.
Perhaps nerves got the best of Murray on that day, but he should be able to get past the nerves in his second quest for Olympic gold.
Although losing in the first round must have been tough, Murray should be able to use that disappointing experience to break through at this year's event.
Murray also entered the doubles draw with his brother in Beijing, which also turned out to be a disappointment.
The Murrays bowed out in the second round, losing to Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement. This loss stung even more for Great Britain, because Llodra and Clement are French.
In that match, Andy Murray looked as if the loss in the singles draw was affecting his play.