Has Andy Murray Under Performed?

I think I should start by saying, I’m a huge Andy Murray fan. He has had a magnificent career, and what he has done for British tennis is astounding. We’ve seen him win two Wimbledon titles, which will go down in our nation’s history. Having a British player in a Wimbledon final is truly a special day that brings the nation together.

I think we often forget Andy and his brother Jamie’s background. They come from a very small town in Scotland where tennis facilities are scarce and the weather is for lack of a better word atrocious for tennis. So to see them do so well at the top of the game is an achievement in its own right.

But. And it’s a big but. In the world of tennis will Andy Murray go down as one of the all time greats? He has played his entire career surrounded by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Those three players will go down in the tennis world as greats. Why? Because of the amount of grand slams they have won.

When it comes to a tennis legacy you have to look at grand slam titles. That’s the first thing people look at and most likely the only thing they will look at when reviewing a player’s career. And this is where you would say Murray has underperformed.

Let’s compare Andy Murray’s career to Stan Wawrinka. In his career Murray has won 45 ATP titles, with a career prize money total of $60,807,644. Stan Wawrinka, 16 ATP titles and prize money of $30,623,544. Wawrinka has won almost a third of the titles Murray has won and half the prize money.

Murray has been the more successful player it’s black and white. However, they both have won 3 grand slam singles titles. When both these players have retired the harsh reality is we’re not going to look at ATP titles or prize money, the grand slam titles will always stand out. It’s not fair but that’s how it is.

Murray in Grand Slams

Andy Murray has been in 11 grand slam finals. Just think about that. Hypothetically he could be sitting on 11 grand slam titles to his name. That would sit him joint with Bjorn Borg, 5th in the most male grand slam single titles for the open era. That’s a sporting legacy.

Stan Wawrinka, 4 grand slam finals and 3 wins. How can that be fair? It’s not fair. But that is sport.

From these stats you simply have to say that Andy Murray has underperformed in grand slams. In my opinion he deserves more titles, the numbers show that he should have more grand slam titles but at the moment the record shows 3.

 

Grand Slam Titles

Total

1.

Roger Federer

19

2.

Rafael Nadal

15

3.

Pete Sampras

14

4.

Novak Djockovic

12

5.

Bjorn Borg

11

6.

Jimmy Connors

8

Ivan Lendl

Andre Agassi

9.

John McEnroe

7

Mats Wilander

 

Grand Slam Finals

Totals

1.

Roger Federer

29

2.

Rafael Nadal

23

3.

Novak Djokovic

21

4.

Ivan Lendl

19

5.

Pete Sampras

18

6.

Bjorn Borg

16

7.

Jimmy Connors

15

Andre Agassi

8.

John McEnroe 11
Mats Wilander
Stefen Edberg
Andy Murray

Look at the comparison between the all time men’s grand slam title winners in the open era compared to the most final appearances. Murray has been good enough in his career to be put in the same bracket as Agassi, McEnroe, Edberg. But from looking at the figures you have to say that has not performed to their level on the biggest stage.

Murray’s Legacy

In the UK Murray will always go down as one of the greats, because he is one of our own. He’s ruffled a few feathers over the years but I believe every Brit has admiration for his achievements. He has won sports personality of the year a record three times which shows just where he sits in our hearts.

However what about in the world of tennis?

When you hear commenters talk about previous players you often hear them refer to them in two ways: ‘Good player’ and ‘Great Player’. At peak of elite tennis the thing that makes you a great player is grand slam titles. I fear that Murray has just not won enough to be labeled as a great.

For the simple fact that Murray has got himself into a position to win potentially 11 grand slams titles; to have 3 to his name, you have to say he has underperformed.

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