Monday, December 27, 2010

TTA? Looks Back #13: Andy Murray's Slamless run continues

Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend, if that's the holiday you follow! Anyway, here's the latest "look-back"!

After Andy Murray made the finals of the year's first Major, the Australian, I don't know if you thought this, but I certainly did: There was no way he was going to go through 2010 without picking up a Slam.

Despite going down to Roger Federer in straights there, he'd been playing him tough and winning most of their encounters. Plus, Rafael Nadal was looking like he was definitely slowing down. The rest of the guys on tour couldn't hold a candle to Murray when it came to playing on hard courts or grass. 2010 had to be the year that decades-long streak of Great Britain going Slamless came to an end.

However, as we know now, that definitely didn't happen: Murray didn't even pick up a regular title until the second half of the year. And there were a few weird things, too: like Mardy Fish owning him and falling to Stanislas Wawrinka at the U.S. Open. You hate to call a loss to Rafael Nadal "bad" under any circumstances, but Murray falling to him at Wimbledon can almost be considered one, in my humble opinion, at one of the Majors he's supposed to have his best shot at.

His 2011 is already off to an odd start to me with the plan to keep Alex Corretja on as coach for the first half of the year. Corretja's game when he was a top-level player was like a weaker version of Murray's, based primarily on defense. You would think Murray would have gone in the opposite direction if he wanted to ensure '10 didn't happen again. Maybe things will work out for him, but you can bet he doesn't want another year like the past one again.

(Photo: Getty Images)