Andy Murray feels the pain. . .Photo by REUTERS/Toby Melville via Daylife.com
While watching the WTF action unfold this week, GTT contributor Van Sias finds himself worrying about the long term prospects of the ATP’s current Top 3.
Serves and Returns: Will the Top Three Be Playing North of 30?
By Van Sias
Perhaps in a bit of a shock, Andy Murray fell in straight sets at the ATP World Tour Finals to David Ferrer in their first match in group play. Afterward, Murray did give Ferrer his props, but added that he’s suffering from a groin injury and might drop out of the tournament.
These young whippersnappers are breaking down before our eyes!
Novak Djokovic has been battling a range of injuries all year, and you never know when Rafael Nadal is going to be forced to take an extended break — even though this year has been all right by his standards.
Those three are all 25 or younger and presumably have a lot of years left in their career. They could just look at their fellow “Big 4” member, Roger Federer, who’s still doing damage at 30.
At this rate, though, they might be long gone by then!
So here’s this week’s “serve”:
Will the current top three still be going strong at 30, a la Federer?
My Take: Talent aside, there’s a reason Federer is still going strong, and that’s due to his style of play. He can stretch and slide for shots with the best of them, but 98 percent of the time, he’s the one forcing others to retrieve shots from ridiculous spots on the court. Even Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish are more aggressive than Djokovic, Nadal and Murray. Unless those three start to attack even more than they do now, playing at 30 could be a long shot.