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Murray Needs To Get His Head Straight
Posted Oct 18, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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I’m not sure if I’m alone in this one, but is anyone else starting to get truly frustrated with Andy Murray at the moment? Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy for the Scot that he’s won the Shanghai Masters – and by beating Roger Federer in straight sets, no less – but sooner or later, Murray is going to realise that these victories in the minor tournaments mean nothing, and that he’s going to have to overcome the mental hurdles of the grand slams sooner than later.
It’s become very apparent now that it is indeed the mental hurdles that Murray is having problems with, rather than anything else. He’s obviously in superb physical shape, and has been for a year or two – whatever he might say in interviews. So why is he having such obvious trouble in getting the job done on the larger scale.
What’s even more frustrating is that it’s against the best players in the world that Murray wins the minor tournaments – at both the Toronto Masters earlier this year as well as the Shanghai masters yesterday Murray defeated Roger Federer in the final, as well as defeating Rafael Nadal in the semis of the earlier tournament.
However, having gone out in the semis of Wimbledon to the Spaniard, and then having lost in the 3rd round of the US open, Murray clearly has inherited the same problem that Tim Henman had before him: that natural lack of mental strength. Time and time again Murray has lost to players he is obviously perfectly capable of defeating.
Big hopes are rested on the shoulders of whomever coaches Murray next, as helping the Scot overcome this mental block will be the prime aim of whomever it ends up being. Murray clearly has the physical ability to win every trophy in this sport: the issue is whether he can strengthen his mind to match his body.