Maybe Andy Murray should start declaring the Rogers Cup in Canada is his favorite tournament.
Andy Murray fell today in four sets in a long, 3 hour, 56 minute match to Roger Federer’s sometimes doubles partner, Stanislas Wawrinka. Murray did not look his best, and Wawrinka, who played well, nevertheless gave Murray plenty of opportunities to get back into this match. Murray didn’t seize on them.
And he didn’t exactly sound like a man with a lot of confidence afterwards.
“I have no idea of whether I’ll win a Grand Slam or not,” he said. “You know, I want to. But, you know, I mean, if I never win one, then what? If I give a hundred percent, try my best, physically work as hard as I can, practice as much as I can, then that’s all I can do, you know.”
Not precisely the stirring words you want to hear from a champion.
He continued: “It’s something I would love to do. It’s a very difficult thing. But I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll win a Grand Slam or not. But I’ll give it my best shot.”
Murray has described the U.S. Open as his favorite tournament, but the onetime Open finalist was eliminated in the fourth round last year, and in the third round today. Murray, with no. 4 ranking, has never won a Grand Slam. This is called underperforming.
Murray’s loss spells good news for two players: (1) Sam Querrey gets a considerably easier fourth round match and (2) Rafael Nadal’s half of the draw also got considerably easier.