Two years ago the expectation for Andy Murray to win Wimbledon had hit unbelievable levels, he had been getting closer every tournament and had won Queen’s for a third time and obviously he would go on to defy the pressure to become the first British man in most people’s lifetimes to win SW19. Pressure is now building for this year too.
The British no.1 has fans dreaming of a second Wimbledon title in three years after he picked up another trophy at Queens over the weekend, despite needing to complete his semi-final on the morning of lifting his title.
It was a pretty impressive show from the 28-year-old and it underlines a dramatic upturn in fortunes for the player who suffered a miserable Wimbledon defence 12 months ago in a mostly miserable 2014.
Injury, poor form and a downbeat attitude had people wondering where the next title was coming from, especially after a wholly embarrassing show at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.
However, Murray used the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia to reach his first Major final since the aforementioned Wimbledon title, and then enjoyed his best-ever form on his traditionally least-favoured clay courts. In the end he could count himself unlucky not to win the French Open after getting to the last four.
What we have seen in the first half-and-a-bit of the year from Murray naturally puts him in the talking for a second title in London, but it could be too soon to imagine the Scottish-born star winning his third Major title.
Although it is true that 2015 has been a better year for the Briton, he still hasn’t been able to remain at the consistent level of brilliance that Novak Djokovic has showed. What I mean by that is that he’s won back-to-back titles once this year, but there have been other untaken opportunities to do so.
He’s remarkable unlucky that he finds himself stuck in such a rich period for world tennis. In previous decades you have to think that he would have won more than just two Grand Slams. Unfortunately for him, his best at the moment needs to be better to continue collecting the silverware.
You have to expect that, after a devastating loss at the French Open, Djokovic will be in his typically destructive mood. Is it possible to improve the form he showed in 2015 up until the Roland Garros final? – It seems unimaginable, but we could be about to find out.
We haven’t even mentioned Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka yet either.
It’s all very well and good winning Queens, but he didn’t come-up against any heavyweights. Now is the time to show everybody that he can keep up the great form over a fortnight against all of the best players – every single one – and it has been something that we haven’t seen from Murray for a while.