We’re in the midst of one of the most exciting Grand Slam tournaments, the French Open, and with just a few days to go, many of us have been left surprised by the results.
For fans of the unstoppable force that is Novak Djokovic, all eyes are on the World #1 to stop Nadal from taking his 10th French Open title. However, over here in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire, we‚Äôre backing our favourite British boy Andy Murray, who has shown his true potential this year under the guidance of new coach Amelie Mauresmo.
Indeed, 2015 could be Murray’s comeback year after a disappointing 12 months in 2014. Having peaked with his Wimbledon title in 2013, the World #3 suffered the following year, failing to defend his former titles in Miami, Queen’s Club and Wimbledon, which was a stark contrast from 2013 which saw him exiting in the quarter finals.
However, almost exactly one year ago, Murray enlisted the help of two-time Grand Slam singles winner Amelie Mauresmo, who has since guided him to a prosperous 2015. After making it through to the final at the Australian Open, Murray is back with a bang at the French Open and is hopeful that he can make it all the way through to the final. He recently saw off stiff competition from the nation’s favourite Jeremy Chardy after coming back from a less than favourable third set. Murray said after the match: “I wasn’t overly concerned. I had a lot of chances in the second set.”
He had one break point, which he obviously won, but throughout the course of the match I was creating many more opportunities than him. I just had to take my chances when they came. I did that in the third and fourth sets.‚Äù Eventually, Murray came out on top, winning 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2, making this his 14th consecutive win on a clay court in 2015. With that statistic in mind, then, is it time that Murray took away the famed accolade from the ‚ÄòKing of Clay‚Äô Rafael Nadal? Indeed, beating the Spaniard would be a particularly sweet victory for the Scot, denying him the opportunity to take his 10th French Open title and strengthening their on-going rivalry. But with the daunting task of facing Djokovic, could Nadal be the next opponent for Murray? Watch this space.