Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Is the Andy Murray tennis style enough to win the Australian Open? Murray seems to think so, and is confident and match fit for the upcoming ATP tournament in Melbourne, Australia. With renewed inner game strength and the smell of victory still in the air after his recent winning performance at the Brisbane International on Sunday, the world No. 4 is pumped and primed for action.
As time draws near for the first games to start at the 2012 Australian Open, Murray intends to take the prize for his own. This is a Grand Slam that can go in any direction with the world’s best tennis stars prepared to meet their rivals full of passion and adrenalin.
Andy Murray Tennis Style Enough to Win the Australian Open?
Tennis star Andy Murray declared he can win the Australian Open after claiming his 22nd career title in commanding style.
The world No. 4 dominated Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 to win the Brisbane International on Sunday.
The Scot gradually built his performances throughout the slam warmup event before blasting his way to the tournament title with emphatic displays in the semifinal and final, The Courier-Mail reported.
His success in Brisbane was ideal preparation for the Australian Open, in which he has been the runner-up for the past two years.
Murray said he was a better player than 12 months ago and hopeful of ending his search for a grand slam in Melbourne, with the tournament only eight days away.
“I’m a year wiser, I have a year more experience and I think I’ve improved a few things in my game,” Murray said.
“I still played pretty good last year in Australia. I could play great tennis again and lose in the second round or the third round, that’s how tennis works sometimes,” he added. “But equally I could win the tournament if I play my best. … If I play well like I did this week I give myself a good chance.”
Murray’s movement was severely wanting in his first two matches, but by the end of his 64-minute demolition of world No.15 Dolgopolov he left no doubt that he would be a serious threat again at the Open, starting January 16.
Murray raced through the first set in only 27 minutes with two breaks of serve and powerful groundstrokes.
They were locked at one-all in the first set, before Murray took control winning the next nine consecutive games in a one-sided contest. Dolgopolov finally broke the run in the fifth game of the second set, thrusting both arms in the air to warm applause from a sell-out crowd willing him back into the match at Pat Rafter Arena.
Dolgopolov was clearly restricted by the groin strain he suffered in his semi-final the previous day, but he kept fighting and even broke Murray’s serve to get back to 3-4 in the second set.
Murray lost only five points on his first serve throughout the match.
And he thundered down nine aces in another sign he is in form to break his Grand Slam drought.
“I could maybe have just been a little bit more clinical if I was being a bit critical, but apart from that it was very good,” said Murray, who planned to fly to Melbourne last night.
He is due to play David Nalbandian in a one-off exhibition match at Kooyong on Friday.
Dolgopolov was confident he would be fit for the Australian Open, where he lost to Murray in the quarter-finals last year.
He will play an exhibition in Adelaide on Tuesday.
“I couldn’t move much on the right leg,” Dolgopolov said. “I just tried to do my best and still stay on the court because the stadium was full and you don’t want to pull out of something like that.
“You don’t want to also get injured, so it was a fine line to keep healthy, not get worse, and stay out there.” Click here to visit the original source of this post
Is the Andy Murray tennis style enough to win the Australian Open? We shall soon see, but although he is confident and capable on the court, the competition is going to be stiff in the stifling Australian summer sun. With a positive outlook to announce to the media that he could win, shows that the Scot is self-assured, and aims to give it his best shot.
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