Andy Murray has had an impressive run in 2015 by finishing at No2 for the first time in his career. In addition, winning two titles on clay (four overall) and leading Great Britain to its first Davis Cup since 1936.
But, it would be interesting to see how his form continues, especially after the exit of Jonas Bjorkman and return of Amelie Mauresmo in his coaching team.
The year started with the Hopman Cup in Perth, a perfect way to kick off the season and practice for Australian Open round the corner. Though not making a place in the finals, Murray believes that he is in perfect shape to compete in the Australian Open. After prevailing as the finalist in the grand slam for four times, he surely is among the favourites this time. However, he might as well fly back home to be with his pregnant wife for their first child if it happens and miss the finish line. In any case, he has stated that he would take February off to spend time with family.
This would mean he might miss the Rotterdam Open and Dubai Championship in February.
Considering his fitness and 2015 success, he might have a good start at the Davis Cup world group matches and Indian Wells. This would be followed by Miami Open, where he was the finalist last year losing to Novak Djokovic, in March end.
The advent of clay season would start off with BMW Open in April end where he has been a winner last year, marking his first title on his weakest surface. He also won the Mutua Madrid Open last year beating Rafael Nadal in the finals in straight sets. It would be interesting to see if he can enjoy success on clay this year or not, especially after hiring coach Amelie Mauresmo for 22-24 weeks this year.
The next stop would be the Italian Open, where he withdrew last year due to fatigue. But the major focus would be on French Open, a place where he has never managed to go past the semi-finals stage.
Next would be the Queen’s Club, where he has won 4 times before including last year beating Kevin Anderson in the finals. He is likely to defend his title this year on his favourite surface.
This would be followed by the coveted Wimbledon title that Murray won in 2013. But, he failed to defend the title in 2014 and lost in straight sets to an inspired and flawless performance by Roger Federer in 2015 at the semi-final stage.
Rio Olympics will commence at the start of August, so it would be uncertain if he would participate in Citi Open, Rogers Cup (winner last year) and Cincinnati Masters that would be happening around the same time.
The year would come to an end with US Open, where he was ousted in the fourth round last year by Kevin Anderson, marking his earliest exit from a grand slam in five years barring withdrawal from 2013 French Open.
The final expected tournaments would be Shanghai Masters, Paris Masters, ATP World tour finals and Davis Cup, where Murray has been very consistent.
The main challengers for Murray last year were Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. If he is able to find a way to beat the big beasts, then there is still scope for another grand slam.
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