Andy Murray is Britain’s only hope left in the 2012 Australian Open after a very disappointing opening day for the Brits in the tournament. The United Kingdom had a total of 6 players in the final draw, something that hadn’t happened since 1992. But all the players disappointed bitterly. Heather Watson, Laura Robson, James Ward and Elena Baltacha all lost their respective singles matches, while Anne Keothovang had to retire against Mona Barthel.
The Scot is the country’s only hope of proceeding further in the first Grand Slam tournament of the calendar year, but it’s a realistic hope nonetheless. Murray has been in good form and won the warm-up tournament, the Brisbane International. His first match is against world no. 84, Ryan Harrison of the United States. Murray is the fourth seed in the competition and hopes to be able to live up to the expectations of his fans all over the world. His current form is huge step up from his form a year back. His performance against the current leader, Novak Djokovic, was so poor that a journalist asked him if he was suffering from an injury to which his, frankly, pathetic performance could be attributed. That, however, was not the case as Murray revealed. The scot took a long time to recover from his defeat at the hands of the Serbian.
Murray has decided to step up to the challenge this year and try and advance till the finals. Murray is expected to meet Djokovic in the semi-finals and that will be one match that tennis fans will be dying to watch. He has got himself a new coach in the form of Ivan Lendl, and he hopes that together, they can figure out all the problems so that he can play better tennis overall. Tennis fans will be waiting to see how that works out.