Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Andy Murray immediately sets sights on US Open after historic Olympic triumph

It's been a heck of a summer for Andy Murray. Since May he has won the Rome Masters, Queen’s, Wimbledon and the Olympics gold, reached the French Open final and been reunited with coach Ivan Lendl, who is so pivotal to his success and well-being.

The world number two made history as the first singles player ever to win two Olympic gold medals just five weeks after celebrating his second Wimbledon title.

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Murray is now on an 18-match unbeaten streak - the longest of his career - and in winning the gold medal match against Juan Martin del Potro last night showed once again that he is in the form of his life.

In two weeks time murray will begin his US Open campaign and in order to best prepare for Flushing Meadows he flew straight from Rio to America for the Masters tournament in Cincinnati. He is the top seed in the absence of Djokovic, who is resting a troublesome wrist, and the tournament offers a chance to close the ranking gap further to the world number one.

Novak Djokovic is still miles in front of him as the world No 1 in terms of ranking points, but Murray feels to all intents and purposes as the man to beat right now.

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The counter-argument would be that Murray has still not beaten Djokovic in a major since 2013, but he comprehensively beat him in Rome in May and the gap looks to be narrowing.

Murray has lost just one of his last 30 matches, and said: "The last few months since Monte Carlo I've been competing for the biggest events in every tournament. I haven't won every one but I've been close and had some good wins against the top players.

"Novak the last two years really has played amazing tennis, his consistency - what I've done for the last four months, he's been doing for the whole year. I need to try and find a way to keep that going.

"The US Open is obviously the next big goal. I had a disappointing US Open last year and I'll try and have a good run there."