Wimbledon 2012: Does Andy Murray Have What It Takes to Be Champion?
Andy Murray was able to come back after being down 5-2 in the second-set tiebreak and defeat David Ferrer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Now that Murray is moving on to the semifinals for the fourth straight year, does he have what it takes to be champion?
For the last two years Murray has lost in the semifinals to Rafael Nadal. However, now that Nadal is out of the tournament, Murray looks poised to make a run for the championship.
That is, of course, if he can get past his semifinal opponent. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga really shouldn't be a problem for Murray. He was a finalist at the 2008 Australian Open, but his record against Murray is 1-5.
It looks like Murray has a solid chance to make it to the final at this year's Wimbledon. The problem, however, is that Murray is a bit unpredictable.
Murray has yet to win a Grand Slam, although he has made it to the final of two Australian Opens and one U.S. Open. Currently ranked fourth in the world behind Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, Murray has lost to Federer twice in Grand Slam finals and Djokovic once.
As mentioned before, Nadal was the one who knocked out Murray two years in a row in the semifinals of Wimbledon. Out of all three competitors, Nadal has been Murray's toughest opponent, leading their rivalry 13-5.
Murray leads Federer 8-7 and trails Djokovic 5-8. He clearly has a better chance of beating Federer or Djokovic in the final than he would if he had to face Nadal.
Still, Murray is under an incredible amount of pressure. Not only is he trying to become the first British man to win at Wimbledon since 1936, if he manages to beat Tsonga he will be the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938.
If Murray were to make it to the final and pull off the win it would only add to a summer filled with British pride. From the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last month to the Summer Olympics in London just around the corner, Murray is under a lot of pressure to keep the British pride flowing.
Murray knows that even though he is ranked fourth in the world, he still has a lot of people who doubt he can pull off his first Grand Slam win. Murray even compared himself to LeBron James in a quote by S.L. Price over at Sports Illustrated:
"There's a lot of people out there that didn't want him to win. There's a lot of people that said he would never win. There's a lot of people who said he never played his best in finals, in the fourth quarter of games he never steps up. Then you see how he played the whole of the Finals, the whole of the playoffs. Sometimes it takes guys a bit longer than others."
Murray knows how much pressure is on him to win. He knows about the challenge ahead of him. Now it's time for Murray to step up and be the champion we have all been waiting for.
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