Britain’s number one Andy Murray faces a hectic schedule over the next few months, as the French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, Olympic Games and of course the Davis Cup take centre stage in the tennis calendar. However, Murray will certainly be relishing such a gruelling workload after recapturing his best form following a poor start to the year. Murray collected just his third career title on clay this past weekend at the Rome Masters, and as a result regained his world number two ranking. The Scot defeated world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets in Italy, and heads to Rolland Garros with the aim of capturing his first ever French Open title. The two players had met only a week earlier, with Djokovic on that occasion seeing off his rival in the final of the Madrid Masters.
Murray kept his concentration as Djokovic’s vented his clear frustrations, to win in style despite the rain. As a result of his recent upturn in results, the Scot is the 4/1 joint second favourite with bookmakers Coral alongside Rafael Nadal to claim his first French Open title.
With Britain securing an historic Davis Cup title last year, Andy Murray will be keen to extend his countries winning streak in the competition in the coming months. Great Britain face a daunting trip to Serbia to take on Djokovic and Co this July, with Coral’s tip for Davis Cup glory going to the 2010 champions given their home advantage.
With little to choose between Murray and Djokovic, the likelihood of a victory in the doubles rubber could once again prove to be crucial. With Jamie Murray having recently secured his first number one world ranking on the doubles tour in recent weeks, the brother’s combination of flair and tactical knowhow make them a quality pairing whoever the opponent. Having seen of the likes of Australia and America on their way to victory last time around, the pressure will be on Leon Smith’s men to deliver once again.
As for Andy, he will no doubt be looking to add to his US Open and Wimbledon Grand Slam wins to date, and 4/1 and 11/4 respectively with Coral to claim glory at this year’s events.