Murray is from the United Kingdom, the progenitors of “lawn tennis” who haven’t produced a male Grand Slam winner in more than 70 years.
Murray has therefore had a greater than average amount of pressure on him to win one ever since turning pro in 2005.
It’s only continued to build since that Open final in ’08. As he scored repeated victories over Federer in late ’08 and early ’09, the question seemed to be “When will he?” As The Great Swiss, and then Nadal, reasserted themselves and boxed Murray out of the majors, the query has gradually regressed to “Will he ever?”
But let’s be clear: Murray does have the game to win Slams with a little fortune on his side. The USO’s surface is favorable to his game and not having the pressure of being the native son may make such a win easier to achieve here than in Britain.
His draw’s not to bad either: In round three the (distant) No. 2 Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka looms, while in the fourth hard-serving American Sam Querrey or hard-hitting Spaniard Nicolas Almagro may stand in the way.
He’ll be overwhelmingly favored to get by them though, all the way to the semis and possibly encounter Nadal. Nadal is having one of his best years ever, having won both the RG and Wimbledon, but his summer hard court play has been less than inspiring.
Truth be told, anything less than a win here will be another disappointment; anything less than a final would be a surprise.