After a week of drama and some epic encounters we now move into the second week of Wimbledon where Murray will be looking to clinch his first grand slam title.
Andy has dispatched Davydenko, Karlovic and most recently Bagdhatis on his way to the fourth round and faces up against Maric Cilic tomorrow afternoon on Centre Court.
Murray needs to improve
Murray will need to perform better than he did against Bagdhatis if he is to progress against Cilic and keep the British public’s hopes alive for this year at least. Andy was extremely passive against the Cypriot for the opening 2 and a half sets and got off lightly to only find himself at 1-1 and a break down.
Luckily for him everything clicked into place at the right time, the loss of his serve in the third set seemed to reinvigorate the disconsolate Scotsman and he went on to run away with the set and then the match.
Murray showed that when his game is in full flow and he is the aggressor, dominating rallies, he is a very hard player to stop but against sterner opposition their is always the nagging feeling that he will let his emotions take hold and not hit the higher gears when it really matters.
Overall he should be pleased with his performance in the first week but more importantly, if he wants to succeed he needs to learn from the issues he had against Bagdhatis to make sure that when he comes up against higher ranked players he is not defeated.
Can the crafty Croat dismantle Murray?
Tomorrow Murray faces Marin Cilic and he should win but as we have already seen the likes of Lukas Rosol defeat Rafa Nadal at this year’s Championships, it’s clear upsets are very possible.
The Scot has a brilliant record of 5 wins and only 1 loss against Cilic and will go into the match brimming with confidence that he can go one step further to the final on Sunday. However Cilic has just won Queen’s so is currently in a very rich vein of form. Despite this I believe that Murray will win and he is best priced at 1/4 with William Hill to do so.
I see tomorrow’s match being much more like his encounter with Karlovic than yesterday’s clash with Bagdhatis. The Croat serves very powerfully and accurately and will be tough to break but his groundstrokes just don’t quite match up to Murray’s. If and when Murray does break Cilic I would think that the Croat will struggle to peg Murray back. Cilic may steal a set on a tiebreak but Murray should be too strong with the crowd on Centre Court on his side, therefore my prediction for the set result of the match is Murray by 3-1 and is priced at 14/5 with Sportingbet for this outcome.
When it comes down to thinking about how far Murray can progress after Cilic there really has never been a better year for him to make it to the final. The draw is wide open on his side because of Nadal’s shock exit so by all accounts he should really be targeting a place in the final. Of course this is much easier said than done and the Scot should really just be concentrating on getting through each round as he is still has some very tricky opponents yet to face if he is to make it to the final.
However I think I will just let the hype take hold and unleash the true Brit tennis lover inside me! Murray can do it, HE CAN! The march to the top of Mount Murray will be extremely tough but he this year could be special. Murray is priced at 6/1 with Sportingbet to make history and kick-off Britain’s amazing summer of sport with a bang!