This summer the British public were overjoyed to see Andy Murray lift the Wimbledon title, becoming the first British player to lift the trophy since the late Fred Perry in 1936. The question is how long will the British public have to wait to see it lifted by a fellow countryman again, a year or a lifetime?
With the best backhand return on the tour Murray is a force to be reckoned with, combined with his natural athleticism the Scot is almost unbeatable.
When he is being beaten his British grit shines through, often managing to claw his way back into games as witnessed in the Wimbledon quarter-finals where he recovered from two sets down to overcome Fernando Verdasco. Murray this year truly was brilliant, at one point he laid claim to the Wimbledon and US open titles as well as an Olympic gold medal. If Murray’s form continues then tennis betting fans can expect to see more grand slam wins.
However, Murray has currently undergone surgery on his back that could possibly rule him out of the Australian Open. This surgery could have a detrimental effect on Murray’s 2014 prospects as he will have to find his rhythm again which does not come easily, whether he will back in the groove when Wimbledon comes around remains to be seen.
Another decisive factor is the resurgence of Rafael Nadal; the Spaniard spent copious amounts of 2013 side-lined and crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round as he continued with his rehabilitation. Since then Nadal has looked like a man possessed, playing with a new aggressive style Nadal has quashed nearly every opponent he has faced. If Nadal continues in this rich vein of form then it is hard to see anyone being able to topple him, Murray has faced Nadal 18 times but only won five times.
Fans who bet on tennis know that Murray will win another majorbut it looks unlikely that he will retain his Wimbledon crown in 2014 as an injury-free Nadal is just too good a tennis player.