What an amazing time Andy Murray is having as a married man.
Kim Sears should be placed on the Queen’s honours list at this rate. Whatever wifey duties Sears has been doing thus far have certainly worked; her hubby is on fire.
Unfancied and the elected side-note to Rafael Nadal’s official return to form in the build-up, Murray produced a masterful performance in the Madrid Open final to down the local hero 6-3 6-2.
‘Marriage works,’ that is what he scribbled on a camera lens after his win.
Madrid may not be one of the favourite Masters events for the players, Murray himself experienced some shoddy scheduling first hand, but his title success here must go down as one of his best-ever results – perhaps even on a par with his Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic titles, surely?
It isn’t just the fact that the British no.1 has a new shiny piece of silverware either, a whole number of factors have contributed to make this result as stunning as he has ever experienced before.
Firstly, before I mention any of those factors, it must be now be considered that the 27-year-old, probably for the first time in his career, is one of the favourites to win the Roland Garros.
I said in another article just a few days ago that the Paris showdown may come too soon, I think and hope I was wrong about that.
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Nadal, the ‘King of Clay’, is now fully beatable on that very surface in the right circumstances and Murray’s momentum would certainly put him in that bracket.
Of course the threat of Novak Djokovic remains, the man on a mission to finally complete a Career Slam, and a man who has Murray completely on the ropes in their head-to-head record. However, let it be remembered that they have played a lot in the weeks and months preceding the-what would now seem career-changing Wedding. Murray looks like a new man and a match-up now would be intriguing. Djokovic has lost his own stunning momentum by choosing to miss Madrid.
So many mental blocks have been carved down with this Sunday afternoon masterclass. It’s like watching a Rocky Balboa training video.
For the first time in almost two years, since the 2013 Wimbledon final, Murray has beaten another member of the ‘big four’ and with Roger Federer struggling as much as Nadal, you have to back the Scot to continue winning.
Also, who said that clay was not Murray’s surface? Two titles in almost as many weeks – I’d rate him as pretty happy on the dirt. He had also never beaten Nadal on this surface too; it took the new-Murray less than an hour in the very stronghold of his rival.
Wimbledon and the US Open will always go down as the best results of Murray’s career, they are Grand Slams after all. However, put together all of the factors with this win and you cannot downplay the significance of this stunning, stunning result.
Where does this leave Nadal though? Every time he looks as though ending his terrible form with a poignant moment, he then gets chopped brutally back to square one. It will now take a huge turnaround for him to add a tenth French Open title.