Can Andy Murray Win A Grand Slam?

The Boy from Dumblane, Scotland has proven over the past two years that he is destined for the top of his sport and with his current world ranking of No. 3 he has certainly made the credentials to back up this claim.
 
His recent straight sets victory at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in April over Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-5 in a tournament deemed to be the so-called fifth grand slam. Surely Murray has set the president for the remainder of the season.
 
He’s now in full swing on the clay court season with the help of Alex Corretja, the Spanish clay court specialist and more importantly two-time runner up at Roland Garros.

Murray needs help on this surface as only two wins in four years at The French Open isn’t the mark of a grand slam champion (he didn’t compete in two of the four years, 1 first round exit, 1 third round exit)
 
This will be the toughest challenge to date for Murray and with the US Open providing the best opportunity for him to win a Grand Slam he needs to play without fear and without pressure for the next two Grand Slams as well as Queens Club prior to Wimbledon.
 

“I’d like to do better than I did last year and try and make a quarter-final of one of the tournaments, and take it from there.” Andy Murray, April 2009 

That isn’t the talk of a winner let alone a title contender, it appears he is preparing himself to fail and this will happen with the wrong mental attitude. 

“A positive mental attitude is the starting point of all riches, whether they be riches of a material nature or intangible riches” (Napoleon Hill, early 20th Century Literature Great).

That is the talk for success. Time will tell whether Murray can adapt to clay court tournaments and the early signs are not promising, whilst the obvious pressure of the British fans and media will influence proceedings in this country.

The US Open does represent his most likely route to success but whilst Federer and Nadal dominate the game, the question has to be asked: Did Andy Murray come into the sport at the wrong time and if he’d been born 10 years earlier or later would he be a dominating champion?

This week sees the so-called last final of the UEFA Cup, with the sparkling new Europa League due to start next season.

On Wednesday evening in Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium an era comes to an end as two of the Champions League knock-out teams compete to be the UEFA Cup Winners.

My money for what thats worth is on Shakhtar Donetsk to defeat Werder Bremen based on the the absence of the Brazilian meastro Diego from the Werder team due to suspension and they appear to be a very solid, well organised team.

Hopefully it will be an entertaining game and a spectacle to keep the viewing world watching throughout. I think we should bring back the Cup Winners’ Cup and make the UEFA Cup a simple two-legged knock out competition a la F.A. Cup style.

European football is becoming too complicated, boring and the level of teams wanting to compete is diminishing in the UEFA Cup.

Come on UEFA, dare you to put football before business and money!

Cheers for reading

Gaffers

P.s. Commiserations to Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen who has been forced to retire from football due to a persistent knee injury which he has recovered from previously but has taken its toil on the big Danish defender this time.

A very good defender who only made just over 200 club appearances with 53 Denmark caps and at the age of 31 is a loss to the game and the Villa back-line. Good luck with your future Martin.

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