Sunday, July 29, 2012

Andy Murray and the quest for Gold

In case you missed this Tweet of TTA?'s the other day, I'll repeat it here—or at least the gist of it:

I'm picking Andy Murray to win Olympic Gold.

His campaign has gotten off to a nice start with a solid win against Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round. Sure, Stan's not as great on the grass as some other Swiss tennis players we might know, but it's still a solid win against a perennial top-20 player.

There are a couple of reasons tied into each other on why I'm picking the "hometown" favorite to win. For one, grass is a tricky surface to win on for the majority of players out there, Murray not so much as he's proven with a few grass-court titles and deep Wimbledon runs over the years.

That segues some into my next point: the best-of-three format to the finals is going to shake things up a bit. You'll see more upsets than you would during Wimbledon, but the more accomplished grass-court players will find the format to their benefit.

And as he's shown over the years, Murray's much more a threat against the players ahead of him in two-out-of-three sets.

Does that make sense? In essence, the shorter format on grass helps him more. I guess we'll see how right I am in a few more matches!

(Photo: The Associated Press)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm rooting for Andy