Tough test for Murray

Much has been made of Andrew Murray’s ability, and some have said that it’s only a matter of time that a player as talented as him wins his first grand slam tournament. However, so far his performances have been (in the main) less than convincing, and his draw for the Australian Open suggests that he’s going to have a tough time of it winning one this time round too.

The way things have been lined up the Scot will have to beat the world’s top three players to win the tournament, with Rafael Nadal the probable opponent in the quarter finals, Juan Martin Del Potro (who took Murray’s world number four rank this week) in the semis, and top seed Roger Federer in the final. Tough work indeed.

Murray has never got past the fourth round of this tournament, but he will be hoping that he can take the techniques he practiced in his 6-1, 6-4 win over world number 25 Sam Querrey at the KooYong Classic yesterday. First up he has a tricky match against the Russian Igor Andreev, who took him to five sets at the 2008 US Open. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Murray could be rueing his decision to drop the 250 ranking points that left him ranked fifth in the world.

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