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No Respect for Nadal, Federer

Photo by Lucky B.

Photo by Lucky B.

The Australian Open officially starts today and top players such as Roger Federer and Jelena Jankovic will take the courts on this first day of play. This tournament seems to be a bit different, however, because the bulk of the media attention has been on 4th ranked Andy Murray, as he was even the betting favorite to win the tournament. When Roger Federer was told that Murray was named the British betting favorite, he couldn’t help but laugh a little.

Murray had a breakthrough season last year, as he made an appearance in his first Grand Slam final (US Open) and reached his career-high ranking of 4. He has also played very well so far this season, as he has already defeated Federer twice this season. Certainly, he has a chance to win it; but, naming him the favorite is a slap in the face to Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, three players who have earned their places at the top of the pack. Nadal and Federer have both won numerous Grand Slam titles and Djokovic is the defending champion of the Aussie. Murray, on the other hand, has only made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam twice and has been known to have fitness issues in the latter parts of Grand Slams. For example, in his two appearances past the 4th round of a Grand Slam (QF Wimbledon) and (Finals US Open), the Scotsman was beaten by eventual champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, respectively, in two fairly lopsided matches. Simply put, Murray is not yet worthy of being named the favorite to win a Grand Slam.

“[Murray] has never won a Slam. Novak is the defending champion here. Rafa [Nadal] had an incredible season last year.I won the last Slam of last season. It’s surprising to hear,” said Federer.

I am just as surprised as you, Rog.

Photo by Lucky B.

Photo by Lucky B.

  1. themackoviak
    March 27, 2009 at 12:55 am

    couldn’t have agreed more.


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