Andy Murray has played a pivotal role in bringing laurels to his country. First, it was his historic Wimbledon triumph of 2013, and then, last year, he honoured Britain by bringing back Davis Cup to its shores after 79 years.
Given that Britain’s achievements in the aforementioned tournaments came to a halt in 1936, Murray’s feat will go down in the annals of history. Reclaiming his No: 2 position is another reason for Murray to rejoice, and that could serve as an impetus for him as he is gearing up for the first Slam of the season.
Australian Open has a great significance in Murray’s career. The Norman Brookes Challenge Cup has been evading him despite his repeated woos; he lost in the finals four times -- in 2010 against Roger Federer, and in 2011, 2013, 2015 against Novak Djokovic.
Although he hasn’t won a title in Melbourne yet, there is a likelihood of Murray reaching the final once again this year, given his impressive performance on the surface. However this time, there is a certain uncertainty looming large over the Scotsman’s Aussie Open campaign -- his child is due in mid February, and the tournament is scheduled between Jan 18 and 31.If Kim Sears goes into labour before the speculated date, Murray will be abandoning his mission halfway, giving priority to his personal commitments.
Couple of days back, he made it clear to the press, stating that he would be more disappointed winning the Australian Open and not being there at the birth of his child. Incidentally, people have been drawing parallels between Murray and Djokovic as the former is approaching fatherhood.
Djokovic had a spectacular season following the birth of his son Stefan in October 2014; also, the Serbinator fared impressively in 2011, immediately after steering his country to Davis Cup victory in 2010. There is a certain motivational factor for sure, apart from that, there is no logic behind such analogues.