The last time a British tennis player was able to hoist the trophy at Wimbledon was in 1936, when Fred Perry took home the prestigious title. Andy Murray’s run through the Wimbledon competition to this point in the tournament has him positioned to make history.
Murray has captured the support of his nation, with fans at the All England Club beginning to realize just how possible it is for the near eighty year drought at Wimbledon to end. The way this tournament has played out thus far in terms of upsets being the overwhelming theme, it would seem that Andy Murray is in a position to make that history, almost becoming a favorite to do so.
His previous match showcased the energy that the British fans are bringing every time Murray steps on the court. After a long exchange just twelve minutes into his third round match, fans got out of their chairs, and stood up to cheer on their contender at Centre Court. When he finished off his victory, the crowd screamed for joy, waved flags, sending shock waves of energy through the stadium.
In terms of betting odds, oddsmakers recognize just how well positioned Andy Murray is. He is the second favorite behind Djokovic and is getting a 7-5 line on him currently. A line that near even money shows that the chance for Andy Murray to make history is higher than it has been for a British player in a long, long time.
Besides having the fan support of his nation behind him, Andy Murray has a great deal of momentum behind him as well. He is riding high on an impressive stretch of his career. Beginning with a second place finish in last year’s Wimbledon tournament, where he lost the final to Roger Federer.
At the US Open in 2012, he furthered his hot streak by taking home the major tournament title. He was able to become the first British player to win that title since 1977. Andy Murray once again has himself positioned to break a national drought and make history, his win at the US Open shows that he has the ability to not only handle, but thrive under that pressure. Winning the Gold at the last Olympic games, also in London, Murray has created a crazy amount of momentum for himself. If he is able to capitalize on his Wimbledon position, he might be able to not only make history by winning as a Brit, but potentially see a boost in the rankings. Becoming on par with the big three of tennis is not out of question if he keeps this up.
John McEnroe believed from the beginning that this very well could be Murray’s year to win at Wimbledon. Citing his elite physical training, as well as the momentum he brought with him into the tournament, McEnroe described Murray’s momentum as well as his position to win and make British history at Wimbledon. “He’s as confident as he’s ever been, he’s handled the pressure well for the most part, so, when the going gets tough, he’s got to step up,” he said. “He’s positioned himself well having not played at the French, I think that will help him.”
Andy Murray has looked dominant in this tournament so far. He has not lost a single set in the first three rounds, positioning himself to contend for the title. Momentum is a funny thing in sports, often having an impact beyond measurement, Murray certainly has enough of it to score an upset should he face Djokovic again.
The possibility also remains that there is a British sweep at Wimbledon this year. Laura Robson is still hanging around on the women’s side, and although she is currently struggling in her fourth round match against Marina Erakovic.
Andy Murray is in great position to end the British drought at Wimbledon and make history in the process. He has looked as good as anyone ever could have imagined. John McEnroe may wind up being right with his bold prediction when all is said and done at the All England Club this year.
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