Andy Murray: Does He Deserve His Status?

Matty HawkinsContributor IAugust 25, 2009

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 22:  Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts to a missed shot during his semi final loss to Roger Federer of Switzerland during day six of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters on August 22, 2009 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

I don't know about you, but I channel hatred toward Andy Murray on a daily basis.

Andy Murray is a name constantly popping up here in Britain, and quite frankly, I'm sick of it. It's as though the wonders of Roger Federer and the rivalry between he and Nadal has been thrown out the window.

We are now told to expect two great things of the Scotsman, that he will undoubtedly win a Grand Slam anytime soon, "It's a question of when, not if", and he has a very high chance of grasping the No. 1 spot from the Swiss.

He is actually shown in the same light as Roger Federer? His status is on a par with the man who holds 15 Grand Slams and 16 Masters titles for a total of over 60 career titles? How is this possible?

I continually ask myself, "Does he deserve this status?"

I come to only one conclusion.

To do this, I compare Andy Murray to the Great One.

By comparing certain attributes of the two men, we can clearly see why Roger Federer deserves his legendary status, and just why Andy Murray doesn't.


Roger Federer


Dress sense: Awesome. He has his own brand. This clothing consists of the RF logo that is stylish and clever, and it never fails to promote the Swiss' class.  I can't remember the last time I was disappointed with one of his outfits. He rarely slaps on anything less than extravagant.

His game: Unbelievable. The most tantalizing, yet vicious forehand on tour. The backhand is just as appealing, that swift motion and precise accuracy, topped off nicely with a sprinkling of deadly power. The serve, highly regarded as the most effective first serve ever seen, has pinpoint accuracy, lethal power when required, and is highly reminiscent of Pete Sampras.

His attitude: Stupidly calm. You cannot tell if Roger's mind is focused on match point or his breakfast two days ago. With this poker face, it is extremely difficult for opponents to react accordingly to his on court emotions, as he appears to have none.

His outlook on tennis as a whole: Spectacular. Has his own tennis foundation and tournament, consistently attends charity events, and looks to promote the sport, whenever possible.

His image: World renowned. Very few people haven't heard of Roger Federer. Appears in several adverts for Nike, which are surprisingly amusing, and his brand of tennis is replicated in many young kids today. Also speaks numerous different languages fluently, enabling him to interact with a huge fan base.

Career: Over 60 titles including 15 Majors and 16 Masters titles. Five straight Wimbledon titles and five straight U.S Open titles (and counting) shows just how dominant the Swiss was, and still is.

Overall, whom do you get?

The best player ever to set foot on a Tennis court.

Andy Murray


Dress sense: Disgusting. His retro Fred Perry look at this year's Wimbledon summed up just how much this man knows about clothing. I may be being a little harsh, but I've never approved of any of his outfits.

His game: Anti-tennis. Counter-punching works well if you back it up with some style (Lleyton Hewitt springs to mind), but Murray takes it to a whole new annoying level. He grinds out every point in the ugliest of fashions, and forces his opponent to make the error. At times, he doesn't win the match: his opponent loses it.

His attitude: Angry and over the top, which makes it difficult to watch him play tennis. Occasionally hits his racquet, making his knuckles bleed, constantly screams with joy after winning the most average of points, and can be somewhat arrogant in interviews.

His outlook on Tennis as a whole: So so. I know very little of his charity work, if any, and I can't recall him promoting the sport anywhere near the intensity that Federer does.

His Image: World renowned...and despised internationally. Very few people haven't heard of Andy Murray—those lucky people eh? Here in the UK, the name Andy Murray might as well be carved into your tv screen with sticks.

Career: Little over 10 titles, not one major contributes to that number.

Overall, whom do you get?

An overrated Scotsman.


I predict Rafa to take his no.2 spot back sometime in the near future, Murray clearly does not deserve the status he quite happily holds.

I can't even begin to imagine what it would mean if he won the U.S Open. He would obviously surpass Federer as the G.O.A.T, without question.