Andy Murray is Officially Back
What a difference a month makes. One month ago, Andy Murray was looking for his first ATP Tour win since coming back. Then a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how he was starting to show signs of life as a singles player. He had his first top win against Berrettini at the China Open, and some strong showings in losses against Fognini and Thiem at Shanghai and the China Open. Then he shows up at Antwerp, home of the European Open and wins it in dramatic fashion coming back from a set and a break down to beat Wawrinka in an entertaining final. Also, remember all this is coming nine months after a surgery that could have ended his career! Hats off to Andy Murray! All hail Andy Murray! He’s officially back and I couldn’t be any happier. I love watching him play and love the passion and talent he brings to the game.
Anyway, it was a wonderful display of tennis all week for Murray, and you have to now believe that 2020 may be a great year for Andy. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There are a few important tournaments left this year, and nobody that’s in the race to the ATP Finals and struggling to qualify in the top 8 will want to face Andy Murray lurking in the draw. He’s going break some hearts for sure.
Wawrinka, who stands at 15 in the race to London could have used the extra 100 points with a win. Fortunately for Stan, he’s not playing bad and will have an outside chance to make the ATP Finals if he goes deep at one of the 500 level events next week and Paris, which is a 1,000-level event. Don’t bet on it though, the field is tough in the final two weeks of the season, and there’s plenty of contenders left to make the ATP Finals.
But never mind all that, this blog is about Andy Murray, and the damage that he can potentially start inflicting on a non-suspecting ATP tour in the next few months. If he continues in this form, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Andy go deep at the Australian Open. For years, everyone thought he would have picked up an Australian Open. He’s been a five-time finalist! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s see how he follows up his Antwerp win in the next couple of tournaments. Either way, lots to be proud of for Andy Murray. I imagine in his team’s mind; this this is probably the very best scenario to be in.