5 Things We Can Learn from Andy Murray's Olympic Showing
"Murray Mound", formerly known as "Henman Hill", erupted when Andy Murray struck Olympic gold—his first major tournament victory.
Murray may still be searching for that elusive first Grand Slam, but he did get avenge his Wimbledon defeat to Roger Federer in the process—forcing the Swiss favorite to settle for silver, something he is not used to.
Wimbledon may hold bittersweet memories for Murray when he reminisces on his year. Although he won the Olympic title and beat the best in the game, he missed out on winning arguably the most magical Grand Slam there is.
The Olympics did however provide further insight into Andy Murray as a player. Lets take a look at 5 things we can learn from Andy Murray's Olympic Showing.
Andy Is a Fighter
Andy Murray's spirit was broken when Roger Federer dismantled him in front of his home crowd four weeks prior to his Olympic victory.
Instead of dwelling on his loss, Murray used his disappointment constructively and unleashed fire on the Swiss superstar when he got his chance.
Murray's Olympic win was to flawless in comparison to his best efforts at Wimbledon and just like Federer crushed Murray's hope of a Grand Slam, Andy took away Federer's chances of an Olympic Gold—the only feat Federer has failed to achieve thus far.
Murray’s turnaround was immense following his defeat on Center Court. Many of Murray’s followers were worried the Scot may not be able to transform himself so quickly after seeing the 25-year old drown in his own tears during his speech.
Murray proved he was a true born fighter with his spectacular form, proving his spirit can’t be broken that easily.
Andy Can Stay Calm Under Pressure
With the atmosphere inside Center Court reminiscent of a pressure cooker, Murray had to keep cool in order to play to his potential.
Although there was less of a partisan atmosphere compared to the British driven Wimbledon crowd, it did not matter much to Murray who seemed to thrive in both climates—his increased confidence adding to the excitement of the effervescent crowd.
Going forward, there will no stage for Murray where the pressure will be as intense. He has now experienced playing in front of droves of his ardent fans, both in The Olympics and at one of the most prestigious Grand Slam.
It was revealed by ESPN that Murray's coach, Ivan Lendl told the Scottish man, "'You'll never play under greater pressure than you did during the [recent] Wimbledon final."
Andy Can Win a Grand Slam
There is no doubt that Murray’s confidence is at an all time high after his performance at London 2012.
Usually the Olympics does not serve as a predictor of future success for an elite tennis player because of the magnitude of the players who attend. It is often criticized for not being the pinnacle of the sport, and that is usually true.
However, this Olympics was different. All of the top-notch players attended, except for Mardy Fish and of course Rafael Nadal was absent due to a knee injury.
The fact of the matter is that Andy Murray’s performance at the Olympics can be used as a tool to forecast his destiny on the court.
There are two people that are certain Andy Murray will win a Grand Slam title, and those are Murray himself and his nemesis on the court, Roger Federer. Metro UK reported Federer to have said, "I really do believe deep down he will win grand slams, not just one."
Andy Is a Team Player
Although Murray was intent on winning gold in the singles, while seeking revenge on Roger Federer, he still made time to play doubles with both his brother and 18-year old Laura Robson.
Unfortunately The Murray brothers lost in the first round, however Murray and mixed double's partner Robson made up for it by making the finals where they lost out to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi.
Murray never put his double's match with Robson on the back-burner. According to The Daily Mail Murray said:
It's been different to what I normally do, but I've enjoyed the whole event and Sunday is pretty much the perfect end to the tournament for me and I'll try to win both.
Andy Can Play Big Tennis
During his final with Federer, Murray won almost all of the big points. He didn't crumble under pressure and fought off a staggering nine break points—two of which were in his opening service game.
Murray also seemed to change his tactics, dictating the pace of the game. He allowed himself to go for the big points earlier on using the running lines, testing both Federer's fitness and forehand.
Murray adjusted his serves, channeling his energy into serving hard. His serves were extremely powerful reaching speeds of 190km/h, and he drove them down the center of the court, stretching Federer.
After his Olympic win, Murray proved that he is entitled to be a member of the "Big Four."