Murray Says, "I Have What It Takes to Rattle Roger"
The rising Brit (read Scot), Andy Murray, who won his first grass court title at the Queen's last week is making some noise to channel probably the British media onto his side as if the considerable expectations resting royally on his shoulders were not enough.
Murray was disliked by the people when Djokovic was on the rise in the early part of 2008 because of his tantrums on and off the court. That time it made one wonder, whether the Brad Gilbert coached lad could ever make it to the Top 5.
He identified the problem after seeing Djokovic winning his first Grand Slam title and had put down his head and worked hard to improve his fitness and add some muscle to his skinny frame.
The results were evident in the second half of 2008 where he won the Madrid Masters, reached the semi finals in Toronto Masters and defeating Djokovic for the second straight time in a Master's event to capture the Cincinnati Masters shield.
The Dunblane native then went on to reach the finals of the US Open where he was taken to task by the Swiss Maestro.
He had 1R, 3R, QF, F results for the four Grand Slams of 2008 appearing in the order they arrive. He reached 4R, QF for the Australian and French Open of 2009.
If one plots a Murray graph with Grand Slams on the X-axis and the results on the Y-axis for the two years, the graph would surely take a linear shape with the 2009 curve seen over the 2008 curve. A clear definite trend would be visible.
Despite all these achievements and winning the Queen's taking out a Federer worshipper called Blake in the finals, Andy Murray is better of keeping the comments to himself before he takes confident looking cheap shots on the mighty Swiss.
This is neither a Ashes pre-match verbal duel nor a rumble in the jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
The no.3 ranked player who looks very elegant in his Fred Perry attire for Wimbledon has got his task cut out wearing his little short shorts. The chances of his words becoming true probably will have substance if he lands in Federer's half of the draw and knocks him out in the Semis, should they both reach that far.
The Swiss native is on a high after completing his career Grand Slam and had reiterated that he would be playing pressure free tennis from here on. Federer had the knack of holding on to his serve under pressure cooker situations and imagine what his mind set would be like when the burden got lifted off his shoulders once for all in his star studded 14 Grand Slam career.
If Murray wants to know the effect of such statement that it could have on Federer, he'd better ask Djokovic.
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