The Murray Files

Discussing Andy Murray's quest for a grand slam title.

Grand Slam titles are ALL that matter

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Roger has 16. How many do you have?

I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again:  You can win as many Masters or regular tour titles as you like, but when all is said and done it’s grand slam titles that define how a player is remembered.

Roger won his 64th career ATP title today, equaling Pete Sampras.

Jimmy Connors holds the Open-era record with 109 Tour wins ahead of Ivan Lendl (94) and John McEnroe (77).

Have you ever heard anybody mention Jimmy Connors as the greatest player of all-time?  Neither have I.  Yes, he is a total legend and did manage to win 8 singles grand slam titles (that’s eight more than Anne Keothavong – how she manages to cope with the weight of, erm, expectation imposed on her by the British sporting public is beyond me).

Once when Tiger Woods was questioned about his poor Ryder Cup record, he said that nobody ever talks about Jack Nicholas’s Ryder Cup record.  They talk about the 18 major titles he won.

Grand slam titles is all that count.  The players who are in the top 10 in the world will never have financial difficulties ever again.  If they have any interest beyond money, they play for the coveted four major titles each year.  The rest is to secure ranking points.

Andy Murray needs to get very focused, and borderline nasty.  As if he doesn’t win a major in 2011, he probably will never win one.

He has the tools, but does he have the required drive to see him through two weeks of 3 out of 5 set tennis?

He won’t win the French, but the other three he could win.

It’s now or never.  Time to put the video games away and time to decide how he wants to be remembered.

Masters titles for show.  Grands slams for a pro.


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