8 Predictions for Andy Murray's 2013 Season After Epic 2012
Andy Murray has had a sensational second half this year, and everyone including him believe that this is just the start of a bigger journey.
Having won the Olympic gold medal, Murray was on a high after avenging a defeat to the same opponent (Roger Federer) couple of weeks earlier on the same surface (Wimbledon).
This momentum carried forward to the Flushing Meadows, where Murray was at his best tennis-wise in winning the U.S. Open.
What can we expect from the Scot next year? Let us gaze into the crystal ball for a few thoughts.
Obviously, we cannot expect all the ones mentioned to be achieved but that is the luxury such a dream presents!
Even if Murray achieves half of what is expected, he will make his coach happy!
Signing Big Cheques
As of this month, Andy Murray was ranked 42nd in the list of richest British sportspeople.
The U.S. Open is just the beginning for Murray to sign bigger cheques and climb rapidly in this list—look out for him in the top 10 next year.
Australian Open Finals
Andy Murray lost an epic semifinal against eventual winner Novak Djokovic in the 2012 Australian Open.
Surely 2013 will see him go one round further and reach the final of the first Slam of the year.
With Rafael Nadal still unsure about when he will be back on tour, the Australian Open offers Murray the opportunity to be ranked third (or even higher if he can string good performances from now on).
If he can avoid Djokovic and Federer earlier, the final will be the minimum Murray should expect!
Is Wedding on the Cards?
Though Andy Murray has mentioned that he has given wedding plans the tennis elbow, there might be a surprise next year.
Look out for Murray proposing to his girlfriend Kim Sears next year.
Better Performance at Roland Garros
Ivan Lendl won the French Open thrice in his career. Obviously, the tips that helped him win will no doubt help Murray in 2013.
Murray will learn to slide on the red clay while also bringing out the shots that will help beat him the specialists at Paris.
While a title might be too early next year, a performance better than the quarterfinal appearance in 2012 will be definitely in the cards.
A Maiden Wimbledon Title
Having faltered at the last step in Wimbledon, Andy Murray will have the crowd behind him to capture the crown at The Championships in 2013.
With his game suited to the hallowed lawns, Murray has the chance to set the record straight after Fred Perry in 1936.
Year-End ATF Title Win
The year-end ATP Tour Finals at London has not seen Murray blossoming as well as he could.
Murray will try to set the record straight at home and win the season-ending title for the first time.
US Open Defence
Andy Murray will look to defend his crown in the Flushing Meadows next season.
The Scot will surely repeat his tricks in 2013 to win the U.S. Open once again.
No. 1 Ranking
Andy Murray set his sights on the No. 1 ranking as soon as he won the U.S. Open.
Murray will definitely achieve the ATP crown in 2013 thanks to a combination of factors (declining form of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer as well as his own improving game).