Andy Murray: What Can Be Expected After Claiming Olympic Gold

Taylor GiffinCorrespondent IIAugust 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with his gold and silver medals holding a union jack after the medal ceremony for the Mixed Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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It has been a long time coming, but Andy Murray finally can add something of true significance to his trophy case. He finally has his win.

That does not mean that he is in the clear now and we can consider a "fabulous four" in tennis instead of just a "big three," but what does this victory mean for Andy Murray and what can we expect out of him from here on out?

There is a total possibility that this win against Roger Federer may just have been a matter of luck, with Murray having everything come together at the perfect moment. However, that does not seem like the case.

Murray, if you look back to the last two big tournaments, has been playing some really good tennis. He has advanced to the finals of both the Wimbledon Major and the Olympic Games, both times facing off against Federer.

Federer is arguably one of the best to ever play the game, and he's still one of the best playing the game. To be able to beat him even one out of two is an accomplishment.

What is sometimes forgotten, though, are the players that Murray has been able to beat on his path to those same finals. At Wimbledon, he took out the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer, both in four sets. At the Olympics, he was able to not only beat Federer in the finals but also Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Those are some pretty impressive wins for Andy Murray.

Although it may be early to make such predictions, it seems like Andy Murray has finally carried himself over the hump and catapulted himself into that next level of tennis. Putting him with the likes of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Much of this will be determined by his performance at the US Open. If he regresses, then it will seem like all that he has accomplished in the short past will be down the drain. Even though that may not be the case at all, it will certainly seem like it.

Murray will need to come into the US Open with nothing else on his mind but a win. If he can play like he did in the finals of the Olympics, he should have no trouble winning his first major at Flushing Meadows.

With Nadal experiencing an injury that kept him out of the Olympics, it is still a possibility that he may not be ready for the US Open. He just recently pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, which is being played this coming week. If he were not able to play in the US Open, it would mean a much easier draw for Murray.

He has shown he can beat both Djokovic and Federer, but as for Nadal, it is a different story. He still has to prove himself against the No. 3 player in the world. If Nadal does not come back, Murray will most likely face Djokovic in the semis, or Federer if Nadal does come back. Either way, he has the confidence now to dispose of both of these players.

Once in the finals, anything can happen. It all comes down to who is playing well on that day. If Murray can repeat his performance from the Olympic finals, he could very well beat anyone. However, there are some things he will need to work on for that to happen.

The real test will be if he can give himself the same high he would have been experiencing while playing in the Olympics on home soil. Almost everyone there wanted Murray to win, even if they were cheering for Federer out loud. Murray needs to find a way to give himself that same boost, and that will be a key for him in the future.

He has seen that he possesses enough talent to beat the top players, especially with the extra energy the crowd gives him. It is up to him to mimic those same emotions no matter where in the world he is playing. Like always, Murray just has to stick to playing tennis and playing the game that he can play.

Andy Murray has finally got himself that elusive major victory he has been searching for. With that victory he has also given himself the opportunity to see that he can play with, and beat, the top players in the world of tennis.

He should have a ton of confidence going into the US Open, and the expectation will be for him to play well. It will be interesting to see if Murray can continue the dominance that he has shown recently and be able to win at the US Open.

He was able to make it to the semifinals last year and he should have the confidence to be able to improve on that.

After claiming Olympic gold and handling the great Roger Federer quite easily, Andy Murray will have lots to prove come the US Open. Murray should be able to build upon all that he has gained in the short past to prove any of his doubters he is for real.