Is this how Andy Murray can finally win a title?
The margin between winning and losing can sometimes be a very thin line and players will often put everything they can on the line to gain a victory. This can mean that a triumph is very hard work which is why many sportsmen and women spend a lot of time celebrating their tough wins. Yes, in sport there is always a new challenge coming your way to regroup for but if you go through life only looking to take on the next challenge, you will eventually lose the notion of why playing is worth it in the first place. The fact that winning can be tough makes it all worthwhile.
Murray gets a walk
And then you get the case of Andy Murray who has booked his place in the semi-finals at the Queens Club after his opponent in the quarter final tie at the Aegon Championships had to pull out because of injury. Marin Cilic was unable to play because of a nagging knee injury and he pulled out of the tie moments before the match was due to the start.
Although Murray would have been happy to progress, you wonder how he took to the news. Given the fact that the call-off came so close to the actual match, it is likely that Murray would have been in the mental zone for the match. This is very important for many sports stars and Andy Murray gives you the impression of someone who is fully focussed going into matches. It is one thing building yourself up for a match but when it is called off late in the day, how do you get rid of that tension?
Andy Roddick won’t be a walkover for Murray
That is a question that Murray and his coaching team will have to answer before he takes his place in the semi-final. Murray’s opponent in the semi-final will be Andy Roddick, who had a relatively straightforward passage to the semis, winning 6-2, 6-2 against Fernando Verdasco.
Roddick is the third seed for the tournament and has built up some impressive for as the tournament has continued. With the semi-final taking place on Saturday, there is not much time for either of the players to get too nervous before the action begins but this is definitely what they call the business end of a tournament.
Both players know that Wimbledon lies just around the corner and another good showing may give them a major boost before that major event.