Well, I guess he's gotten his quest off to a good start!
Andy Murray won the PTT Thailand Open over first-time ATP finalist Donald Young yesterday. During the tournament, Murray stated his intentions to finish the year in the three-spot, ahead of Roger Federer. Andy's going to have to win a lot of matches to pull that off, but it'll be a tall task: After all, he is going after Roger Federer!
But you know what? Good for him for setting that goal, and if he pulls it off, more power to him.
I'm a firm believer that there is a "Big 4" in men's tennis, despite Murray not having won a Slam. He's in a position to do so at every Major, even the French, as he's shown the past couple of years. The guys ahead of Murray are legends, but instead of accepting the fact that he's playing in a tough era as it seems a lot of players are doing right now, he's doing all he can to keep up--and has notched more than a decent number of wins against Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Federer.
I also find it refreshing to hear a player making a bold challenge: It puts pressure on themselves, and if they pull it off, it makes the reward that much sweeter.
And look, wouldn't you love to hear David Ferrer, Robin Soderling or Tomas Berdych say "I'm going to break up that stranglehold on top of the rankings and stay there"?
There is a stranglehold up there, and kudos to anyone looking to improve their standing in it.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.