Saturday 23 September 2017

Murray so compelling as he tiptoes along brink of mental collapse

Because Murray failed again spectacularly, many will say he lacks the fortitude or mental strength to be one of the true greats of tennis.
Because Murray failed again spectacularly, many will say he lacks the fortitude or mental strength to be one of the true greats of tennis.

Donny Mahoney

Is there an athlete that the common man can relate to better than Dunblane's Andy Murray?

Think of how hard it must be to play sport at the highest level. It's Sunday night in Melbourne. You're a tennis player from Scotland and you're in final of Australian Open, on centre court. There's a global audience in the tens of millions. You're playing a gluten-free machine. You've lost this final three previous times. He's won it six times. How do you keep the doubts at bay?

Murray went to war with Novak Djokovic on Sunday. He lived with him for a two and half sets and then wilted terribly. Because Murray failed again spectacularly, many will say he lacks the fortitude or mental strength to be one of the true greats of tennis.

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