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Andy Murray going for third Grand Slam title in U.S. Open

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Unfortunately for Andy Murray, he plays tennis in perhaps an era that has produced three of the greatest players of all time in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Title challenge

Yet, despite this, Murray has still mixed it with the big guns and won Grand Slam titles, and even an Olympic Gold.

As the U.S. Open is now under way, the Scot will be hoping to pick up his first grand slam of the year in this the last major tournament before the ATP Tour finals.

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It was merely two months ago when everyone in Britain had such high hopes for Murray's fine form at Wimbledon, only to have hopes shattered by an immaculate display of tennis by the greatest player to ever grace the game, Roger Federer.

Progress

Yet there still remains optimism going into the latter stages of the tournament at Flushing Meadows. To the untrained eye, Murray has two wins out of two and will undoubtedly be in at least the quarter finals if not beyond.

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But these wins were far from as straight forward as they look on paper, with Murray having to fight hard for them. He dropped one set in the first match against Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios, and was forced to come from two sets down in a gruelling five setter against the 35th seed, Adrian Mannarino.

A lot to ask

In comparison to his main rivals Murray is losing time, time in which he could be resting, practising, and getting better.

With Murray having dropped three sets in two matches, compared to the nine games given up by Roger Federer in his opening two matches and Djokovic's 10, it could prove crucial. In a long tournament, that time they have saved adds up helps the top seeds prepare better physically and mentally.

Despite Murray's skill and desire, it's hard to see anyone other than Federer or Djokovic winning yet another grand slam. But as ever there is optimism for Murray and if he can find the form everyone knows he is capable of, he could go on and claim his third major title.

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