Andy Murray is currently embarking on another Wimbledon adventure as he strives for glory in his home tournament.
However, once again he will be faced with some of the greats of the game who will stand between him and a career defining victory. It is not unusual for Murray to be faced with such obstacles and he is unfortunate to be facing some of the greatest players the world has ever seen.
The modern era of tennis has been graced with players who have looked unbeatable at times. Roger Federer, who is arguably the best ever player, has achieved 17 Grand Slam titles out of his 24 appearances in finals and took tennis to another level during his periods of dominance.
World number one Novak Djokovic, himself a winner of six Grand Slam titles, has risen to prominence more recently and has had to do it the hard way by improving his tennis to such an extent that he can rival the standards set by Federer.
Rafael Nadal, despite exiting Wimbledon in the first round, has shown his class since returning from long-term injury by capturing the French Open last month.
If he continues his Paris form then he can once again make a bid to regain the world number one spot. I am sure he will add to his 12 Grand Slam titles and 57 career titles.
In terms of British success Andy Murray has excelled. He has achieved a total of 27 career singles titles, been runner up on five occasions in Grand Slam finals but victories in the US Open and the Olympics in 2012 have so far been the highlight of a very successful career.
If the aforementioned players did not exist then Murray will surely have added further successes to his solitary Grand Slam title. He is currently the world number two and to be ranked so high, just behind Djokovic and in front of Federer and Nadal, speaks volumes for his quality.
Has there ever been an era littered with so many greats? It could be argued that this is the golden era of tennis and, as followers and supporters of the game, we should appreciate and embrace the standards of tennis that we are witnessing.
Murray still has years ahead of him to add to his US Open title. He has been unlucky in terms of reaching a number of finals and semi-finals only to be faced with the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
He has very rarely lost to players outside of the top four and is now a very consistent performer. It could be argued that facing such greats has also helped Murray with his own game, as he has had to push himself to the limit in order to achieve what he has done.
It has not been easy for Murray on his professional journey but his hard work is paying off, as he is a genuine rival to some of the greatest players ever to play the game.
It is difficult to compare generations but Murray does not get the credit he deserves for his performances and he would have won many more Grand Slams had he been competing in a different era.
Let’s hope that Murray can achieve his dream and capture the Wimbledon title this year. If he is to do so he will need to do it the hard way by potentially having to defeat both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic along the way.
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