Sorry guys, I’m on a bit of an enforced hiatus. But this ATP Facebook headline caught my eye and ignited my Fed-Fan ire: “Andy Murray has his eyes set on finishing ahead of Roger Federer by year’s end after winning his 19th title in Bangkok. Will he?”
Here’s the money quote from Andy, after beating first time ATP finalist Donald Young (!!!) at the Thailand Open this weekend.
“In terms of the way I’m playing it’s very good to get off to a start like that on this stretch and hopefully I can continue that through Shanghai,” said the Scot, who is targetting a Top 3 finish to the season. “It’s a very good start. Roger [Federer] always plays very well on the European indoor courts, so I’m sure I’m going to have to win a lot more matches if I want to finish No. 3. That’s the goal and I’ll keep working hard to give myself a shot at doing that.”
Zero vs. 16? Whatever tickles your happy place. And with Nole more menacing than Rafa, lately, who really cares which side of the draw Roger’s on? So go ahead, Ahn-DAY, plunder the 250 spoils as you will.
Honestly, I mean (just the very slightest amount of) disrespect to Murray. He’s a great player and could one day win a Big One. But is Murray merely grasping at straws now that he’s been demoted from King of the Masters to King of the 250s? Because it seems like Novak Djokovic is the only guy winning Masters titles these days. I’m all for Andy Murray claiming a Major, but I think it’s much more interesting at this point that Donald Young, the poster boy for over-hyped prodigies, has made it into his first-ever ATP-tour level final than the possibility that Andy Murray may edge out Roger Federer for year end No. 3. What do you think?
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On a related note: Huge congrats to Janko Tipsarevic, a guy who’s more under-appreciated journeyman than over-publicized sensation, for winning the first ATP final of his career (in five tries) at the Malaysian Open. I find it somehow appropriate that he beats Marcos Baghdatis in the final.