2014 was a year to forget for Andy Murray and he will hope that the turn of the year can signal an upturn in his form.
If you still need convincing that this may be his year, we have compiled a list of five reasons why Andy might finally be crowned Australian Open Champion in January.
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1. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride
Murray has been a losing Finalist three times in Australia after finishing Runner Up in 2010, 2011 and 2013. To come so close to the prize without tasting glory will give Murray the feeling that he has unfinished business here. Given the determination and pedigree that Murray possesses, you can bet that this is one Major he doesn’t want to miss out on again.
2. He has a point to prove
Murray’s ranking dropped to the lowest its been since 2008 prior to the US Open with 2014 proving to be a disappointing year on the whole for Murray. A disappointing defeat at Wimbledon and failure to progress far at the US Open mean that Murray is no longer on the lips of those discussing the favourites for the event. He has constantly triumphed in the face of adversity during his career and the 2015 Australian Open will be another occasion where he has to do just that.
3. His injuries are behind him
On the court, Andy Murray often battles against himself as well as his opponent. Whether it be physically or mentally, Murray always has that extra battle on his hands. During the last major in New York, Murray complained that he was fighting his body in the early rounds as injuries held him back. 2014 was an injury plagued year for Murray but with his injury problems now over, that is one less battle for Murray to face meaning he can concentrate on finding his best form again.
4. Amelie Mauresmo
Mauresmo knows what it’s like to win in Australia and Murray will benefit from having a fellow player in his corner who can relate to what he is going through on the court. Murray’s battles with himself on the court can often be as intense as the ones he has with his opponents so having Mauresmo with him to help on game management could improve his game tenfold.
5. His resilience
Despite recent poor form and injuries, you can never write Murray off. Throughout his career he has dragged himself to victories without playing well which is something you need to draw in a tournament such as this. He may have been on a more consistent decline than usual in the last year, but you can’t keep Murray on the ropes for long enough before he comes out swinging again.
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