Andre Agassi and Ivan Llendl both lost in their first three grand slam finals just like Andy Murray now has. He was more composed in his interview following the defeat than he was in the same position last year, although another straight sets defeat in a final means the enquiry begins.
Murray knows that in terms of ability he is as good as Djokovic, yet the Serb now has two slam titles under his belt. The inevitable questions about Murray’s mental resolve will resurface and this will resonate with his team, they know that they need to get more out their man. All he can do is look forward to his next challenge. What he does not need is a repeat of last year, where Murray capitulated following defeat to Federer. If he can keep his chin up, remain patient and keep improving, I have no doubt that his moment will arrive.
Lets not forget that Andy Murray is only 23, it’s not fair to compare him to Nadal or Federer because they have, or had in Federer’s case done remarkably well so early into their careers. The ATP Tour moves onto the clay court season now which is Murray’s least favourite surface. I think his best chance of another final will come at the end of the year at Flushing Meadows, as I don’t think his game is capable of winning on grass at Wimbledon never mind the immense pressure that involves.
The pressure of being the solitary hope for a desperate nation didn’t help Murray, neither did the fact that Novak Djokovic had one extra day to rest and prepare for the final. Surely both semi-finals should be played on the same day, it seems like the issue is raised before every major final.
I like many thought that Murray would come through, no one expected him to beat Federer in his previous finals but I had a gut feeling this would be his time. If Murray can continue to remain in contention and go on to reach more grand slam finals, he can go on to emulate Agassi and Llendl, ending the 75 year wait for a British men’s grand slam champion in the process.