Last night at the quarter finals of the US Open, Andy Murray was defeated quite convincingly by his long time friend and grand slam rival Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic or as he is fondly known The Joker is a hard-hitting absorption machine. Murray was forced time and time again to look for that extra percentage winner. The Joker doesn’t make many unforced errors and he made Murray have to win his shots nearly all match (except for second set tie break). Like Federer and Nadal, the Joker also has great composure on court. It looked like Djokovic enjoyed trying to soak up Murray’s big right-handers and first-serves until the Scotsman had nothing physically left to give. It was the gradual wearing down of Murray by Djokovic which was so impressive.
Andy Murray has the worst demeanor (particularly, body language) I have seen of any recent male champion tennis player. Unless he settles down, stops challenging good calls, stops feigning injuries and composes himself between points he might have difficulty winning another grand slam. I wouldn’t suggest for a moment he doesn’t try hard and hasn’t already proven himself to be a champion, but he lets too much bother him on a consistent basis and it demonstrably affects his playing. It’s painful to watch.
It would take a bold person to predict that anyone else other than the Joker will win the US Open this year. His greatest threat could be 17 time grand slam winner Roger Federer who today takes on new tennis sensation Gael Monfils. In fact, Monfils is through to the last eight without dropping a set. The 28-year-old from Paris is one of the most flamboyant players on the tour and might give Federer a run for his money.