Murray Sweeps Into the Second Week of Wimbledon
The only British hope for a Wimbledon title cruised into the last 16 of Wimbledon today with an impressive and effortless performance. Andy Murray defeated Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-2 6-3 6-4.
When I first saw the draw for the third round and I saw the name Viktor Troicki, I thought: Who?
However when watching the coverage, I saw some highlights of a powerful man who spoke his mind.
It was a doubles match and Troicki disagreed with one of the umpires calls. Instead of acting within the gentleman's rules of the game and accepting the call, he stood for several minutes calling the umpire out on his call.
Troicki is a very passionate competitor who had a desire to win. My initial thought... excellent, it will be a cracker.
Today Murray served superbly, frustrating his opponent into making mistakes. I couldn't help but allow a thought to creep into my mind, "Could this be the year that we British finally get a champion on our own soil?"
You would have to go back to 1936 to find a British champion, Fred Perry. He was a man who was not liked all that much when he first came onto the scene, a little like Murray, actually.
So as Murray was wearing his new Fred Perry sports gear, taking off his sweat bands and jubilantly tossing them to the crowd, for a split second Britain started to believe.
I started to believe.
Murray is more ready than Henman ever was. He has a complete game and a good serve, is mobile, can play at the net or on the baseline, and can serve and volley. He can do it all.
So why can't Murray win this year? Some would offer a simple one word answer: Federer.
Well Murray shouldn't be scared of anyone. He is coming off the back of a great grass tournament victory at Queens, is arguably playing the best tennis of his life, and he has the crowd on his side.
What could possibly go wrong?
However, before getting to "the Swizz," he has to first defeat another Swiss competitor, Stanislas Wawrinka, in the fourth round on Monday.
So watch out Switzerland and Roger Federer, the Brits are coming (actually just the one Brit, but you know that I mean).
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