2013 Wimbledon: Andy Murray Must Capitalize on Opportunity at All England Club

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 26, 2013

We haven't even finished the second round yet at Wimbledon 2013 and Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have both fallen.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have made quick work of their foes so far at the All England Club.

Murray greatly benefits from the losses of Nadal and Federer, who were both in the bottom half of the bracket with the 2012 U.S. Open champion.

The top remaining seed beyond Murray in the bottom half of the bracket is No. 15 Nicolas Almagro. Murray is 3-1 lifetime against the 27-year-old Spaniard, winning the last three matchups (including at the 2012 London Olympics at the All England Club).

There is no overstating what winning the gold medal at the London Olympics and then winning the U.S. Open did for Murray last year. The title at the U.S. Open marked his first career Major victory, and he had to go through Djokovic and Federer to win the gold medal in Great Britain.

Murray entered Wimbledon with a 27-5 record and three singles titles on the year. More importantly, the 26-year-old is healthy now, coming off a back injury.

Murray was dominant against Yen-Hsun Lu on Wednesday in the second round, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5. He committed only 14 unforced errors, while notching 11 aces and 41 winners, per Wimbledon.com. He won 85 percent of first-serve points, 67 percent of second-serve points, 43 percent of return points and 83 percent of net points.

Murray will face No. 32 seed Tommy Robredo in the third round. While Murray is 2-2 lifetime against Robredo, he won the last two matchups in 2009.

Many had Murray as the favorite at Wimbledon this year even before Nadal and Federer fell. He's 66-14 lifetime with four singles titles on grass and he continues to raise his game.

Barring another shocking upset (which is certainly a possibility), Murray is on pace to face Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. Facing Djokovic is no easy task, but the road to the final has become much easier.

The road has been paved for Murray at Wimbledon. He must capitalize at the All England Club.

 

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