Three weeks ago Andy Murray will have been a nervous man; sweaty palms, cold feet and nervous of rising to the occasion – I’m not only talking about his wedding to long-term girlfriend Kim Sears, but also because of the thought of facing a media fanfare.
It is something that the reserved Scot has never relished, and something that comes part and parcel of being Great Britain’s best in a popular and well-loved sport.
WEDDING DAY DELIGHT
Of course his wedding to Sears marked something very different, people for once were lining the streets to see Murray the man, and not the tennis star… he must have absolutely hated it.
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The 27-year-old will have been delighted for a break from the world after that as he and Sears kept their heads down. However, lavish food must continue to be laid on the mansion table and Murray is best in his most-well known territory with a racquet in-hand.
What a comeback it has been too, despite being out of action for a good couple of weeks Murray has come, seen and conquered in Germany, a rewarding feat for any Brit, but this title in Munich holds even more significance as it is his first-ever clay-court title.
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FIRST CLAY TITLE
Quite frankly the fact this is his first is a stunning stat and one that emphasises the lack of all-round ability that his rivals like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer possess. Nay-sayers will also point out that those that he has beaten in the mere 250 ranking-point event are nothing to write home about – but he has to start somewhere I suppose.
The 7-6 5-7 7-6 defeat of local boy Philipp Kohlschreiber marks a fantastic start to life as a married man for the Great British no.1.
As already eluded to, Murray has always been short of the level set by his illustrious rivals but one of those aspects has been a negativity; a poor attitude when the chips are down and in the big moments. It looks as though his marriage could at least solve those issues partly.
One thing that has been noticeable; although Murray has only been seen in public in Munich and on his wedding day in the last few weeks, it is the most I think I have ever seen him smile. It was great to see the man so happy at his Dunblane wedding, and almost as good to see him beaming as a victorious tennis star in Germany.
There has been so many times in his career, even in the last couple of months, where Murray has lost his head in finals and other big matches. This new contented figure genuinely looks capble of overcoming those issues…it has to be the marriage.
Murray is already one of the best around, he will already go down as a great, but now he can really kick-on and become the best right now. The gauntlet laid-down by Djokovic is scary, but analyse the form of 2015 and Murray is the number 2, he’s been in a few finals and semi-final with the Serb in which he has troubled him. Murray honestly isn’t far from toppling him.
The French Open may very well come too soon, it seems the story is set for Djokovic and Nadal, nobody else is invited, but don’t be surprised to see Andy Murray trying his best to spoil their blockbuster event.