Andy Murray's third trophy at Queen's gave us all a chance to watch him back in action. Wimbledon.com gives some thought to what we've learned.
Murray is a very fine modern-day grass-court player
OK, so he doesn’t serve and volley like Boris Becker and Pete Sampras but Murray is well equipped for the modern-day grass-court game. His slice is hugely effective, he handles the low-bouncing balls better than most and the court also gives his own serve that bit of extra zip. Returning well, he also seemed keen to move forward at the first opportunity, which kept the rallies short and conserved energy for the latter stages in each match.
He seemed to improve as each match progressed
There’s little point playing your best at the beginning if you don’t need to and Murray picked his game up midway through the second set in both his last two matches, against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals and then Marin Cilic in the final. The ability to find top form when it is required is something that will help him at Wimbledon if an opponent comes out hot. He seems to relish the pressure, these days, and can turn it on when needed.
There is still the odd mental lapse to eradicate
Against the very best players, you just can’t afford to drop your level and Murray knows that as much as anyone. He made a point of saying that keeping his concentration throughout a match is not easy when you’ve not played a match for a month. The good thing is he knows it, and as he plays more matches, his match-tightness will improve. If he wants to win Wimbledon, he knows he needs to stay 100 percent focused, throughout.
His back injury no longer appears to be a problem
You never know what's going on behind closed doors and Murray says he's continuing to do daily rehabilitation on the injury that forced him to miss the French Open. However, after a slightly shaky start, when the damp grass must have made him nervous, Murray moved well and showed no signs of any discomfort. With the benefit of an extra week of practice and barring any setbacks, he ought to be firing on all cyclinders come Wimbledon.
The crowd seem to be taking to Murray even more
Whether it is the tears he shed at Wimbledon last year when he lost the final to Roger Federer or his triumph at the Olympics or his first Grand Slam win at the US Open, Murray seems to have risen in popularity with the crowds. That can only help him as he tries to become the first British man to win the title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, and if he can get them involved from the start, as he did during the Olympics, he may even enjoy the experience even more.
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