Andy Murray has been dealt a difficult draw; does he have what it takes to procure a position in the Australian Open 2013 grand final?
Great Britain’s star tennis player Andy Murray is set to face a predictably challenging contest against Robin Haase in the first round of AO 2013 on Tuesday morning.
“It sounds like a cliché, but I don’t really ever look beyond the first round of the draws,” Murray said in contemplation of the AO 2013 draw.
“The strength of the men’s game right now means it’s dangerous to look too far ahead, so I’m happy taking it match by match.”
He last encountered the Dutchman at the US Open in 2011, an epic match which proceeded into a tight five setter that took Murray a gruelling three hours and 23 minutes to finally prevail.
It may be too risky for the Scotsman to wear himself out in another marathon match against Haase so early on in the tournament and Murray will surely be keen to prevent the points from progressing into intense, long rallies.
It has been a long demanding journey for the world No. 3, both physically and mentally, and to find himself in the fine form and optimistic mindset which he possesses at the commencement of 2013 is highly praiseworthy.
During the past year, Murray has appeared to be on a quest to prove his worthiness in the tennis realm, not so much to the public, but to himself.
Building his confidence following his London Olympic gold success, he further went on to consolidate his first Grand Slam title in an incredible US Open five set triumph over the current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
He will enter the Australian Grand Slam tournament with optimal levels of reassurance after defeating the Bulgarian rising star Grigor Dimitrov to clinch the Brisbane International earlier this month.
For AO 2013 he is seeded to face such names as Alexandr Dolgopolov and former Grand Slam Champion Juan Martin Del Potro however ultimately, he is expected to face the prodigious Roger Federer in the semifinals. This will be the true test for Murray.
The two are so closely matched and their ties so often launch into nail-biting clashes, but time has revealed that Federer is the man of the two who will succeed under the pressures posed by a Grand Slam event.
It should be interesting to witness the development of Murray’s game throughout the year and whether the two time runner-up will go the extra mile to claim the Australian Open 2013 as his second Major.
Originally published at The SportingJournal.