Both Evo and Murray have been the comeback kids and have achieved unreal success this year. The two lads have done me proud and they both deserve a blog reminding everyone how brilliant they are! Muzza is this weeks topic.
I don’t think that enough emphasis can be put on Andy Murrays win in Antwerp last week. It was not that long ago that Muzza was telling us that he was struggling to do the basics in life, such as put his socks on in the morning or taking his dogs for a walk. It is an injury that has finished many a players career and one that even I thought might be too much for Murray to come back from. Nine months later and after a second hip operation, he is back in the winner’s enclosure in an ATP Tour event. That is some effort.
It is once again testament to his own hard work and attitude, it has been a pleasure to watch over the years. It is something many have taken for granted but in Andy Murray, we have a genuine ‘Champion’ on our hands and the variation of shots he has at his disposal are a joke. This comeback has shown all of his qualities including his incredible mental strength and will to win.
Of course, it would be naive to think that this immediately puts him right back in with the favourites to win a grand slam. You have to say it is, without doubt, a very encouraging sign though and it has got us dreaming once again. The step up to two weeks of five-set tennis brings with it a different physicality and mentality but there is no doubt that Murray still has both of these at his disposal over three, as he showcased in Belgium. His last three victories in Antwerp all came from the brink against Marius Copil, Ugo Humbert and Stan Wawrinka. Especially the latter two, where he came from a set down and indeed a break down several times against Stan.
He can now take a must deserved rest as he expects his third child with Kim and enjoy the moment, before his prep for the Davis Cup Final. There in Madrid, he will team up with Evo, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski. Not only do we have Muzza back on tour though, but we have him winning too. As Alan Partridge once said “Back of the net”.
Andy Del Potro