Andy Murray faces tough task to meet Wimbledon hopes
The British number one faces a hard draw and questions are being asked about his attitude
WITH England out of Euro 2012, all eyes are now on Britain's number one tennis player, Andy Murray, at Wimbledon. The tournament begins today, but Murray will not be in action until Tuesday when he faces a tough opening match against former world number three Nikolay Davydenko.
As ever, the fourth seed is faced with the daunting likelihood of having to beat Rafael Nadal in the semis and then either Roger Federer or reigning champion Noval Djokovich in the final if he is to win a first Grand Slam.
But the Scot has performed well in recent years and there is an air of expectation – and pressure. "Murray has reached the semi-finals three years in a row and the British public, fuelled by unquenchable musings on his chances, grow more restless by the year. It is inevitable as well as regrettable that not all the frenzy is positive," notes The Guardian.
Nevertheless, Murray should make the last four, says BBC tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend. He has a difficult draw, but "is more than equipped to deal with it and his grass-court experience and excellent return game should help him - a few nerve-wracking classics along the way - to a fourth successive semi-final."
But can he go any further than that? Mike Dickson in the Daily Mail rates Murray's chances of winning a Grand Slam as 50/50. Hiring Ivan Lendl as coach was a good idea he says, but he is still up against the "remorseless brilliance of Djokovic and Rafael Nadal". Dickson adds that there "is also a sense that Murray has reverted to some of his more counter-productive habits on court, such as his tendency towards the self-beration and poor body language".
The Times concurs. "It is an undisputable truth that he does allow negative impulses to flourish and they have hurt him in matches gone by," the paper says. "He will never walk around a court smiling all the time - no one does that - but there are times when he does not help himself."