Andy Murray is in position to abolish the Big Three.
Hot off a victory in the 2012 Summer Olympics gold medal match, the Team GB hero has fought his way to yet another final. If Murray defeats Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open to win his first Grand Slam title, then his name will finally deserve mention among tennis’ elite.
Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have dominated the sport to the point you should feel safer betting your life savings on the trio versus the field in a Grand Slam tournament than standing outside in a thunderstorm. For years, those three have been on a different level than every other player.
Murray has been knocking on the door for a while now, but he’s never been able to break through. He’ll remain the best of the rest until he wins that elusive ATP championship. He’s previously been to four Grand Slam finals, but Djokovic and Federer have proven to be too much for him.
Wayne Coffey of the New York Daily News reported that Murray spoke about his prior showdowns with Djoker after the Serbian advanced past David Ferrer on Sunday. He said:
I've had some tough losses against him, but also had some big highs against him. (It) obviously will be an unbelievably tough match. He's a top, top player, one of the best player that's played.
Djokovic was high on Murray as well. He said of the Scottish star following his triumph (via New York Daily News): “He's one of the most complete players in the world right now.”
While Djokovic should be favored to win the match, counting out Murray would be a mistake. He didn’t just win gold by getting lucky and dodging the Big Three. Murray defeated Djokovic in the semis and Federer in the final.
If he knocks Djoker out again, men’s tennis will have a Big Four on its hands.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.