Pat Cash, the Aussie who had lifted the singles trophy at All England Club back in 1987, has said that Andy Murray’s desire to achieve success at the top level is not as strong these days as it was a couple of years back and that’s the reason why his performances have been continuously going down.
According to Cash, after creating history by becoming Wimbledon champion last year, Murray got a little complacent and that complacency is still there. He has just not been able to motivate himself enough after that glory.
Four Grand Slam tournaments have taken place so far since the 2013 Wimbledon Championships and Murray has participated in all of them, but, in neither of those tournaments, he has made it to the title round.
He had qualified for the semis in the French Open of this year, but, apart from that, he has been mostly suffering early exits from the slams of late.
Speaking in a programme about the deterioration in Murray’s game in the last few months, Cash said, “I have noticed that after the last year’s Wimbledon, Andy has not been playing with the same kind of intensity and it’s something that can happen to a sportsman. After achieving something spectacular, like the Wimbledon in Andy’s case, people often start struggling to get motivated to achieve more.”
“I feel for Andy to be honest. I have been in the similar sort of situation. After winning the Wimbledon, I got knocked early the following year and the guy who defeated me was a quality player i.e. Boris Becker, but, still, I was embarrassed.”
That Wimbledon championship of 1987 was the only Grand Slam that Cash won in his career. He retired from professional tennis in 1997 at the age of 32.
Losing before the fourth round is a setback for Serena Williams as she was coming with a lot of confidence. It was the biggest upset in the French Open 2014. The player who defeated her is Garbine Murguza, the 35th seeded player.
Garbine Murguza is from Spain who defeated Serena Williams. Early exit of Serena Williams came as the biggest hock but in the past she has had suffered loss in the first round in the same grand slam in 2012. One can say it was a repeat performance. Serena being the strongest among the female players in tennis with her aggressive serve, attacking play, strong forehand and backhand hardly suffers such upset but it was just not her day and she looked fidgety.
It was Garbine Murguza all the way who literally tamed Serena in just 64 minutes taking two sets in quick succession with a 6-2, 6-2 score. Serena proved incompatible in front of an exuberant display of tennis from a lesser renowned player. Similarly Serena’s sister Venus Williams also suffered defeat at an early stage of French Open 2014 which was unpredictable.
Although Serena Williams the world number one has two Rolland Garros titles under her name- one when she defeated her own sister Venus Williams and the other in which she defeated Maria Sharapova. Her Wimbledon prospect now looks shaky unless she works hard and turns things around. Throughout the course of the match she seemed sloppy and sluggish, was not able to move as confidently as she does on the clay court. With 28 unforced errors her performance was totally dismal. Her ousting seemed eminent but she took composure of herself and accepted defeat gracefully. But disappointment was reflected from her face. It was very unlike Serena Williams.
Novak Djokovic is very close to becoming the no. 1 player in the world again. If he gets better of his arch rival Rafael Nadal in the final of the French Open tomorrow, he would make his way to the top of the world rankings.
It isn’t as easy as it sounds. Nadal is a very strong clay court player and to beat him on that surface is one hell of a task for anybody, be it Djokovic or somebody else. But, the way the Serbian superstar talked in his interview after the match against Ernests Gulbis the other day, it seems he is up for the challenge.
After beating Gulbis in the semi final, Djokovic said, “I am not going to do anything different against Nadal. I would just try and play attacking brand of tennis. I have defeated him a few times in the recent past. So, I am confident about my chances in this game as well.”
“It would be far from being easy though. Everybody knows what kind of a player he is especially on this sort of surface, but, he can be defeated as we have seen off late.”
The conditions were very difficult during Djokovic’s match against Gulbis. The temperature was very high and it was a challenge for both the players to maintain their fitness right through.
When asked how his body was, Djokovic said, “I am feeling alright, a bit of weariness, but, that was bound to happen because of the extremely hot weather today. Now, I am not going to waste that much energy before the next match. I want to have a good day of rest so that I get freshen up for the all important final.”
Djokovic has not won a French Open singles title in his career so far.