Ambition continues to burn as bright as ever for Andy Murray, who demonstrates the same competitiveness that’s deeply ingrained in all elite sports performers. For them, challenges of any kind will always be met head-on.
Having graced the very top of his chosen profession, the iconic Scot has grown accustomed to clearing as many hurdles off the court in recent years as he does on it. Injuries have proven troublesome at times, but a man famed for his relentless work ethic keeps on coming back for more.
Another epic five-setter to open his 2022 Australian Open campaign proved once again that Murray still has it in him to dig deep. For those betting on tennis at Betfair, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev top the market at +163 and +320 respectively for ultimate glory in Melbourne, but anything is possible.
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Few of those making tennis predictions at this stage will be backing a battling Brit to land a fourth Grand Slam title of his illustrious career, and a first Down Under, but more major honors are there to be shot at.
If Murray can overcome the niggling knocks, trust his body, and perform at the peak of his abilities, then he will have the physical and mental strength to trouble any of those at the top of a world game.
It may have been six years since he completed a Wimbledon crown and Olympic gold medal double in 2016, but experience still counts for plenty across multiple surfaces that present entirely different challenges – just ask the ever-competitive Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
What does the future hold?
For now, having worked so hard to get himself back onto the grandest of stages, singles competitions remain the focus of Murray’s full attention. He has said: “Singles is enough for me. Getting through singles matches has proved tough enough.”
Those comments were made after being quizzed on whether a superstar partnership with Serena Williams could be rekindled in mixed doubles action, with the pair having previously joined forces at Wimbledon in 2019.
It’s the end of the road for MurRena…
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Success has been enjoyed with a partner alongside him, with a stunning Davis Cup triumph back in 2015 after proving to be a talismanic presence on his own and in doubles action with brother Jamie Murray. Could that be a path he treads again at some point?
Murray clearly wants to bow out of top-level tennis on his own terms and believes that he still has plenty to offer. With that said, he has pushed himself to breaking point in the past and may decide that sharing a burden of responsibility is the way forward when it comes to prolonging distinguished playing days.
He has not played an awful lot of competitive doubles in the grand scheme of things, with his record mixed at best. His standard doubles record has delivered 79 wins against 78 defeats, while he is 3-3 in the mixed arena.
Such outings have never been his priority, though, and you get the sense that if he were to put his mind to it, much more could be achieved. Murray has made a habit of defying the odds, to the point that he is now a knight of the realm, and only the very bravest would back against him if a different path were to be taken.