Andy Murray's 2017 has been below expectations. The world no. 1 has so far been disappointing, considering also the great goals of his 2016. For him, the new season has not been full of satisfaction. A victory in Dubai, a defeat in the final in Doha.
The last performance on the clay of Rome, against Fabio Fognini, was the last acute of three very bad months. Yet, all of this could benefit Murray, in view of the French Open. Considering that the Scot is the number one in the ATP Ranking, theoretically he is the favorite in every tournament he plays.
Even those on clay, which, historically, is his not favourite surface. Over the past two years, however, Andy has achieved great goals on red, especially by winning the Madrid (2015) and Rome (2016) Masters 1000. Just at the upcoming French Open, Murray will have a role that can help him to achieve a good placement.
Why do we say this? First of all, pressure will be all (or nearly) on Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is playing a great 2017. He won Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. In Rome he was defeated by Dominic Thiem, probably due to the tiredness accumulated after months of efforts.
But, of course, he will be the favorite and the most expected tennis player in Paris. Looking for the tenth seal on the Philippe Chatrier, Rafa is known as the natural winner of the French Open. Behind him is Novak Djokovic.
Last year champion, Nole will have to defend many points. Many see Roland Garros as an opportunity for him to set a season disappointing than that of Murray. Media and fans' eyes will be right on them. Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem are the Next Gen tennis players who are expected to do great things in Paris.
Naturally they too will have a fair pressure on their shoulders. All this could help Murray. Much will also depend on the draw. And of course the state of psycho-physical shape with which he will reach Paris. In addition, the Scot has almost touched the bottom, so for him in theory could begin the climb, in order to defend his role as the No.
1. Another factor not to be underestimated is the return, to his team, of Ivan Lendl, who has just arrived in Europe. With the super-coach at his side, Andy has already achieved the best results of his career. Not to mention that between 2015 and 2016, Murray played semi-final and final at Roland Garros, defeated on both occasions by Nole.
Lastly, working well to get to Paris in a good shape, and getting a good placement, will be good for him for the season he love: the grass swing between Queen's and Wimbledon, in London. Then then focus on the American hard-court tournaments, and the last part of the season.
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