“Roger Federer questions Andy Murray being installed as favourite with British bookies
This is a recent article from Fox Sports that I quoted. I emphasized the sentences that I thought was the most important. I have to say I agree with Roger that it’s surprising Murray is the favorite. He’s probably the hottest player on tour at this point but that doesn’t make him the favorite. Surely he must be ONE of the favorites but not THE favorite. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins the Australian Open, but then again I wont be surprised if Roger wins it either. To make Murray a bigger favorite then Roger is a mistake I think, if I was betting money i certainly wouldn’t be putting it on the Brit
Before Murray can lift the trophy he has to get past the big three, which is no small task. Djokovic might not have had the best start of the season but he only needs to make the second week in Australia and he will be a serious threat. Then there is Nadal who of course shouldn’t be counted out. His fitness will be a huge asset down under, where the heat is always a big factor. And of course it’s no given that Murray will beat Roger if they happen to meet, even though he has a 5-2 career record against him.
Then there is other dangerous players around like Tsonga and Monfils. So it’s pretty obvious it’s a long hard road to the title.Some people may think that Roger has come off as arrogant, but for people to suddenly make Murray the favorite is arrogant in my view. Federer has after all got thirteen grand slams behind him and Murray a big fat zero. And not only that but Roger won the last grand slam, easily disposing of Murray in the process. In the end this is all just talk anyway, what matters most to me in the end is Roger’s last words. Just like I said in my previous post, Roger is as motivated as ever and he even feels less pressure these days.
Murray favorite? No. Murray contender? Yes.