His­toric chal­lenge faces Mur­ray at US Open

The Scotsman - - Sport Quiz - EVE FOdENS

ANDY Mur­ray will have the weight of his­tory, both an­cient and mod­ern, against him when he be­gins his bid for US Open glory at Flush­ing Mead­ows next week.

No Bri­tish man has won a Grand Slam ti­tle since Fred Perry at the US Open in 1936, with Mur­ray los­ing in the fi­nal to Roger Fed­erer in New York in 2008 and at the Aus­tralian Open this year.

And the 23-year-old Scot will have to be­come only the fourth man in the last six years to dis­rupt the dom­i­nance of Fed­erer and world num­ber one Rafael Nadal if he is to end Bri­tain's 74year wait for a Grand Slam cham­pion on 12 Septem­ber.

Of the last 23 Grand Slams – from 2005 to the cur­rent day – the only play­ers be­sides Fed­erer and Nadal to win one of the sport's four biggest ti­tles are Marat Safin (Aus­tralian Open 2005), No­vak Djokovic (Aus­tralian Open 2008) and Juan Martin Del Potro (US Open 2009).

this year Fed­erer claimed his 16th Grand Slam ti­tle in Aus­tralia, while Nadal lifted his sev­enth and eighth at the French Open and Wim­ble­don.

But Mur­ray can now boast back-to-back vic­to­ries over Nadal and Fed­erer in the same tour­na­ment af­ter suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing his ti­tle in toronto re­cently, and his for­mer coach Mark Petchey be­lieves the world num­ber four is ide­ally placed to claim his first ma­jor ti­tle.

“For sure he can do it,” said Petchey. “He’s very happy with how things are at the minute, he’s taken con­trol of his ten­nis [hav­ing parted com­pany with coach Miles Ma­cla­gan] and is mak­ing the de­ci­sions.

“there­fore that makes life a lit­tle sim­pler, with less frus­tra­tion and an­tag­o­nism. At the moment he is re­mark­ably re­laxed about his prepa­ra­tion com­ing in here.

“I think he’s con­fi­dent. He loves this sur­face, loves this tour­na­ment, and all those things blend well for him to make a good run.

“I think his draw looks pretty good, he should hope­fully get through the first few matches with­out too much dif­fi­culty and save him­self for the big­ger tests ahead. I think he’s in the right sec­tion of the draw – be­ing in Rafa’s half is the bet­ter half to be in.”

Mur­ray will be qui­etly con­fi­dent with the early stages of the draw, which pits him against Slo­vakia’s world No 72 Lukas Lacko in the first round be­fore a meet­ing with ei­ther Dustin Brown or Ruben Ramirez Hi­dalgo.

But it will get tougher for Mur­ray from the last eight on­wards, where he is sched­uled to meet Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist to­mas Berdych, who beat him in straight sets in the French Open this year, fol­lowed by top seed Nadal.

Nadal starts against Rus­sian tey­mu­raz Gabashvili, and looks un­likely to draw sweat un­til a quar­ter-fi­nal meet­ing with Span­ish com­pa­triot Fer­nando ver­dasco.

In the bot­tom half of the draw, sec­ond seed Fed­erer starts against Ar­gentina’s Brian Dabul, but is then likely to have to beat Lley­ton He­witt and Robin Soder­ling to reach the last four..

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