Andy Murray is back and better than ever.
On Sunday at All England Club, Murray demolished Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world, in the final match at Wimbledon, winning his second career Grand Slam. While the victory wasn’t a huge surprise, it was rather shocking that Murray was able to take down Djokovic in straight sets.
Murray went on a roll during the first and second set, barely dropping any games to Djokovic. Djokovic would test Murray toward the end of the second, though, and Murray needed seven wins in order to take a 2-0 match lead. In the third, Murray was nearly flawless, and while Djokovic battled hard, it wasn’t enough to make a comeback.
It’s been quite a long time since a man from Great Britain won at Wimbledon, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
Andy Murray is the first gentleman from Great Britain to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 7, 2013
There’s no question that Murray earned the victory, and it makes his decision to skip the French Open even smarter. Murray cited back pain when he withdrew from the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, as reported by Christopher Clarey of the New York Times. The rest appears to have done exactly what he’d hoped it’d do.
But Murray isn’t done just yet.
Murray is going to carry this momentum into the U.S. Open at the end of August. There, Murray will win his third career Grand Slam and third in his last four major tournament appearances. Let’s not forget how great Murray was last year at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
There, Murray defeated Tomas Berdych in the semifinals and Djokovic in the final—in what was just as good of a match as we all were witnesses to on Sunday. Murray also made it to the final at the Australian Open earlier in the year, but Djokovic got the best of him when the two top players took the court.
Murray used to be a nobody in the sport of tennis. He wasn’t very good in the early years of his career, but he has quickly emerged as one of the best there is. My friend, B/R's Jeremy Fuchs, recently wrote how Murray’s victory makes him the top player. While I wouldn’t go that far just yet, he’s definitely in the conversation and getting very close.
Murray has continued to prove that he’s a top threat in every tournament that he enters. He’s more than capable of beating any of the other top players in the world, including Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych. There isn’t a tennis player that Murray can’t top right now.
Can Murray win back-to-back Grand Slams?
Once the draw is announced for the U.S. Open, Murray is obviously going to have one of the top seeds. He’ll likely have to get past some of the aforementioned names, but that won’t be a problem for him. His serve is at its peak and his confidence has to be as high as it’s ever been.
Djokovic is still the best tennis player out there, and Murray just made it look easy against him. Murray dropped a few sets en route to the title match, but even when Fernando Verdasco took the opening two sets of the quarterfinals, no one should’ve been doubting Murray. He has the ability to go into that dangerous second gear.
Murray will once again show his dominance in the coming months when he takes the court at the U.S. Open. He’s won the Grand Slam once and he’s bound to win it again. Murray is playing better than anyone else in the world right now, and no one is going to stop him.