This summer has been a roller coaster for Andy Murray. He became the first British man to make the Wimbledon final since 1938 but lost the match to Roger Federer in four sets. That marked the fourth time that Murray had reached a Grand Slam final in his career, coming up short all four times.
Just a few weeks later, Murray got his revenge against Federer at the Olympic Games in London. He defeated Novak Djokovic on his way to a Wimbledon rematch with Federer for the gold medal. He took the match and the gold 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.
With his confidence much improved after the Olympic Games, Murray will attempt to bring Britain's first male Grand Slam title since 1936. He discussed his thoughts Sunday about the Olympic win and this week's U.S. Open:
I feel confident in myself just now. That's what's important. Winning the Olympics was the biggest win of my career, that's for sure. It meant a lot to me. But you never know what's going to happen when you get out there on the court. I've prepared well and trained hard, so I'm ready to go.
The 25-year-old may have the momentum going into this week's tournament, but the field is wide open. Murray did have success here last year but fell to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. His only other deep run at the U.S. Open was in 2008 where he lost to Roger Federer in his first Grand Slam finals match.
This year, Murray is set to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals if they both reach that point. It would be a rematch of the Wimbledon semifinals where Murray took the match in four sets. Should Murray move on from that, the stage will be set for yet another Murray-Federer showdown for a spot in the finals. If it gets to that point, it will be an epic match to watch.
In Murray's first major event after the Olympics, it is Andy Murray's time to shine. The gold medal winner will carry over his spectacular play and improved confidence to the U.S. Open. He's already shown he can handle both Djokovic and Federer, and it's his tournament to lose.