Wimbledon Winners Online video Score: five / 5
Andy Murray has been playing quite a lot of late. There has been hardly a week in the last couple of months in which he has remained out of action.
The Scot is actually looking to get to top 4 in the World rankings so that during the 2015 season, he manages to get easy draw in Grand Slams and other major competitions.
Murray is not too far away from getting there. He is already at the 5th position and if he does well in the Masters tournament in Paris that is coming up shortly, not only would he be able to climb further up in the rankings, he would also make it to the World Tour Finals.
However, according to Murray, if he qualifies for the finals, it’s good, but, it’s not his priority. His priority is to get as high in the rankings as possible before the season gets over.
Speaking to the reporters yesterday, the 27-year old said, “The last two months have been pretty tough on the body, but, having won a number of games out of which some were extremely close ones, I am feeling pretty confident.”
When asked about his chances of getting to the tour finals, Murray said, “Well, everybody wants to participate in it and so am I. It’s such a high level tournament, but, my main ambition at the moment is to get to 4 somehow because if I do that, I am surely going to get facilitated in terms of seeding next year.”
Murray’s opening encounter in the upcoming BNP Paribas Masters will be versus Julien Benneteau tomorrow.
That will be a second round match. Murray has cleared the first round through a bye. Benneteau, on the other hand, had to beat Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan to progress ahead.
Wimbledon Winners Online video Rating: three / five
Andy Murray is going to be one of the 8 players that will participate in the tour finals in the United Kingdom next month.
Murray was not looking like making it to that event a few months back as he was having a troublesome time on the tour and he had gone down pretty low in the world rankings. At one point of time, he was not even in top 10.
But, with a couple of title wins, the Scot pushed himself up and now, he is very close to displacing the Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka from the 4th position.
However, for that, he will have to beat the no. 1 player in the World Novak Djokovic in the Round of 8 in the ongoing BNP Paribas Open tomorrow and then, will have to win that tournament which will not be easy for him despite the purple patch that he is having right now.
In the press conference ahead of his upcoming clash against Djokovic, when Murray was asked about the chances of him getting to no. 4 in the rankings, he said, “A lot of people asked me this year if it’s possible for me now to get there in top 4 again ever in my career. So, I would be really happy if I am able to do that.”
“As far as Stan is concerned, the kind of tennis he has played this year, he obviously deserves that ranking. If I have to leave him behind or Rafa or even Novak for that matter, I will have to be in the form of my life.”
The highest ranking that Murray has achieved thus far in his career is 2. He had achieved that towards the end of the 2009 season.
Wimbledon Winners Video Score: four / five
Mary Pierce’s countryman, Gael Monfils, has taken his name back from the Citi Open which is going to start from tomorrow in Washington. The reason behind it is believed to be his knee injury.
The injuries have made Monfils withdraw himself from quite a few tournaments in the ongoing season.
He had not taken part in a couple of events in the first quarter of the season because of his ankle problem and now, because of his knee problem, he has withdrawn from two more tournaments this month i.e. the Atlanta Open and the Citi Open.
Monfils has not played any match since his exit from the Wimbledon Championships. His journey at the All England Club had ended in the second round only as he had been knocked out by Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic.
Monfils had done alright in the French Open though qualifying for the Round of 8.
The Frenchman gave his all in the quarter finals as well at Roland Garros, but, his effort didn’t prove to be good enough for Andy Murray who managed to defeat him in 5 sets to make it to the semis.
The Citi Open is considered to be a fantastic warm up tournament ahead of the US Open. So, Monfils would be gutted to be missing it. But, he has got no option really. It would not have been wise on his part to risk the injury.
Monfils, who was in top 10 in the official ATP rankings in 2011, is presently ranked 21st in the world. He is third among the French players behind Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Monfils hasn’t had a Grand Slam glory under his name so far. He had reached the Round of 4 in the 2008 French Open and that’s his best performance in a slam till date.