Summer Days: Murray has earned the right to win Wimbledon

Andy Murray celebrates a point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Pic: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Andy Murray celebrates a point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Pic: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
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There was something very telling in Andy Murray’s interview with the BBC after beating Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday. He said, “it’s very hard to do”.

Too right, Andy. Too right.

Murray was referencing how difficult it is to keep winning, particularly when he wasn’t at his best against the Spaniard.

But he could equally have been talking about how tough it is to get the better of him.

Imagine if you’re playing Andy Murray. He isn’t some plucky Brit who keeps raising his game just for Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old from Dunblane is the World No.2 tennis player in an era that includes three of the best ever to pick up a racket. And yes I’m taking into account that Roger Federer is past his best and Rafa Nadal has knee injury issues.

Murray has all the shots, he has the fitness, he has the mentality of a Grand Slam winner. He is, in current parlance, the complete package.

I tweeted consistently through his match with Verdasco - once he’d gone two sets down - that Murray would win in five.

And why? Because he’s that good. Anyone standing toe-to-toe with him will be worn down and beaten.

Now, this isn’t to say that his opponent today, Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, can’t win. This is sport after all and anything can happen.

What I am saying is that if Murray does lose during this Wimbledon then it will have taken a super-human effort by either Janowicz, Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin Del Potro.

Over five sets, on grass, Murray is a phenomenal opponent. Verdasco wasn’t going to stop him and I can’t see Janowicz doing it on Centre Court, even though he’ll pose a severe test.

There will be plenty of people today that will sulk that he’s too grumpy, or too Scottish, and will celebrate if he loses. That’s their prerogative.

I’ll be watching and hoping that he gets through to Sunday’s final when he’ll probably take on Djokovic.

And then he’ll have another chance to become the first British player to win the men’s singles since Fred Perry in 1936.

It would be an achievement up there with Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France last year.

Winning in sport is never easy.

It just takes an amazing amount of hard work to become good enough to make it look so.

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