Andy Murray has again breezed into the semi finals of a grand slam only to once again come up against one of his arch rivals, Novak Djokovic. It is a case of déjà vu for Murray, who has still failed to emerge victorious from a grand slam tournament despite his immense talent.
Murray cruised through the first 5 rounds, disposing of Ryan Harrison, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Michael Llodra, Mikhail Kukushkin and Kei Nishikori with consumate ease. None of these opponents challenged Murray but Djokovic will provide a much sterner test of his grand slam credentials. This is the ninth time the Scot has made his way into the last four of a grand slam, this includes the three occasions that he progressed to the final. However, every single time Murray has been unable to take that final step to tournament success. This is down to a number of factors, however the main reason for this failure from such a talented player is simple, there are three better players than him.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are not just great players though, they are three of the greatest players of all time. They have time and time again stood in Murray’s path and try as he might he has consistently struggled to beat them when it matters most. In a sense Murray has been unfortunate because if he had been around in say Tim Henman’s era there is no doubt Murray would have already got his hands on a number of grand slam titles.
So, can Murray finally get his hands on the first major of his career? In my opinion this is his best chance to date. He has performed brilliantly in the early rounds, playing some of the best tennis of his career and should go into Friday’s semi final full of confidence and the belief that he can win. His opponent on Friday, Novak Djokovic, had an amazing season last year winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open whilst also cementing his place as world number 1. However Djokovic looked shaky against David Ferrer in the quarter finals and was complaining of breathing difficulties as well as a leg injury. If Murray can overcome Djokovic then Rafael Nadal awaits in the final, a man who has seemingly been on the wane over the past year, with regular injuries taking their toll. I firmly believe Murray will win a grand slam one day and I think this Sunday may be that day.