Tennis

Will Murray Live Up To His Hype?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates a point during the men's singles round robin match against Fernando Verdasco of Spain during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 26, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2009

Andy Murray has always been an interesting player to watch in my opinion. I've always thought he's been a little over-hyped.

Maybe it's the need for a local to win Wimbledon. Or just the need to hype a different type of player. Murray's game is solid, but to me there's not much that stands out about it.

His serve is okay. It has improved, but still needs to get better. He's as solid off the ground as anyone, but he's not a power player. He's very smart on the court, but how far can that really take you in today's game.

He doesn't have a huge powerful weapon, which is why I don't think he will live up to some of his hype. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes, so he won't beat himself. However, if his opponent is really on, he won't win either. Last year's Wimbledon is a great example. Murray lost to Roddick, because he couldn't match Roddick's power game.

If Roddick had been off his game, Murray would've won. I'm not one to put a lot of stock in a player who relies on his opponent to lose the match rather than winning the match themselves. I would love to see Murray get stronger and develop a weapon that he can use against his opponents.

I think Murray will always be a solid player, but I'm just not sure he's got the firepower to ever get to No. 1. 2010 could be a big year for Murray to prove me wrong. If Nadal can't stay healthy and if Federer's age becomes more of a factor, the men's game is wide open and Murray could emerge from the pack. Time will tell.

I do think Murray is capable of winning a slam, but I don't see him wining many slams unless he gets stronger and can start matching the big boys in the power game.

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