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How He Fared In 2009: Andy Murray, Dealing With Hype and Promise 2

Posted on December 10, 2009 by JA Allen
ATP World Tour Finals - Day Five

Andy Murray struggled to live up to the hype and promise in 2009

(This is the first in a series of articles looking at how some of the top tennis players in the world fared in 2009)

Andy Murray ATP World Rank No. 4

There appears to be no middle ground for the surly Scotsman Andy Murray. He is either riding high buoyed by success and self-confidence or he is dog paddling in the inky depths of impatience.

This week the headlines screamed that his girlfriend dumped him because he became addicted to gaming on his PlayStation 3, preferring it to her. Murray, it seems, is in a real funk—“Stuck in Neutral.”

With Juan Martin del Potro nipping at his heels only 245 ATP points behind, Murray hangs onto his No. 4 ranking by a thread—while trailing Novak Djokovic, the third-ranked player by 1,280 points.

His name forever linked with expectation, Murray began 2009 with much hype and promise. The Scot had defeated his nemesis Roger Federer in Shanghai at the year-end ATP 2008 Masters Championships during a hard-fought round-robin contest—bumping the Swiss out of the semifinals.

Murray was so exhausted by his victory that he lost the next day to Nikolay Davydenko. Read the rest of this entry →

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