Pete Sampras: Andy Murray Is On His Way To Doing Great Things!
by Tom Gainey | August 12th, 2013, 10:13 am

Speaking to the press at the Rogers Cup in Toronto during a special exhibition Saturday night, Pete Sampras joined fellow tennis greats John McEnroe and Jim Courier on the podium to take questions.

Sampras was asked about reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion Andy Murray’s progress and here’s what he said:

“I think Murray is on his way to doing great things. I think he’s got a great shot at the US Open. He’s progressed into this great talent that mentally is very strong, has a great coach in Ivan who has helped him a lot. I think he’s up there with Roger and Rafa. I mean, I think he’s well on his way to winning many majors. It would be interesting to see how he sort of defends here. It’s a little bit different for him this year, so I think he’s on his way. He’s going to be right there.”

Courier then added, “He’s kind of scratching his head, isn’t he, that he’s done what he’s done in the majors and he’s still kind of far away from No. 1 in the rankings? I mean, I think he’s scratching his head a little bit at how the rankings system works. But consistency clearly matters. Taking a loss here with a thousand points on the line, those are the kinds of matches that make it harder to get over the line. Novak is not going to give it up without a fight, but no question he has the game. No doubt about that. Consistency is what it takes.”

Questions then shifted to Nadal, who was playing in the semifinals during the interview.

Said McEnroe about the Spaniard, “I’m thrilled that he’s back. There was definitely concern to see what happened at Wimbledon. I mean, we can all lose, but just the way it seemed that he wasn’t sort of feeling right. So that is great news. Hopefully he can last for a couple of more years at this level, because that would be a great test for Andy. And clearly it would be a difficult one, because his career record with all the top guys is quite good.”

Courier followed up suggesting Novak’s clay court game helps the Serb. “One thing that is a huge advantage for Novak is he can dominate the clay court season absent Rafa. He’s the second‑best clay courter out there. Murray is not quite there. So there is a point gap in that area of the season that’s going to be tough for Andy to overcome unless he picks his game up on clay, which is doable, but there is a clear advantage. If you look at the all‑surface category, Novak has a big advantage there.”

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7 Comments for Pete Sampras: Andy Murray Is On His Way To Doing Great Things!

RZ Says:

I think Murray will certainly win more slams (I’m calling him now as Aussie Open Champ 2014), but now that he’s won Wimbledon, the rest of his career is essentially icing on the cake.

queen Says:

Nadal’s career record “quite good”??? I think he meant super unbelievable. Right now he owns Djerk, Fed, and Andy. I think that’s better than “quite good”?

Steve 27 Says:

He is the favorite to win US Open 2013. But he doesnt care too much be number 1. He is not that stong to reach that level.

RZ Says:

I think Murray can reach number 1, I just don’t think he’d stay there that long (too much competition from Djokovic and Nadal on hard and clay)

Brando Says:

Fair points by the legends.

Andy is on record that for him its: slams > ranking.

And TBH:

he’s got it spot on IMO.

He said whether he’ll be number 1 or not does not matter to as much as being ready for each and every slam.

IMHO that’s how wish he goes about matter’s from here forth.

Being number 1 is great: but at the end of the day it’s the slams and winning big events that matter’s.

That’s what they play for and what people ultimately remember.

Michael Says:

The problem with Andy is his (in)consistency level. Whenever he wins a major, he goes into a temporary slump. This happened after he won the last year’s US Open and again this year when he has won the Wimbledon. Ofcourse it would be too harsh on Andy to say this since he has just participated in one tournament namely Montreal where he lost to Gulbis. Let us see what he has in store for Cincinnati ?

Jaysta Says:

I think Murray will at least make the semis in Cincinnati. He has a tough draw with Gulbis potentially looming in the second round and a not too easy benneteau/stepanek matchup in the 3rd rd. I know benneteau has generally played andy tough in past matchups and I think stepanek may have even taken a match off of murray cpl of years ago on an indoor hardcourt. Anyways, I hope Murray and Nadal make the semis in the bottom half of the draw. They haven’t played each other in over two years! I know that is mostly due to Rafa’s absence from the tour but this could be a preview to a potential semi at the US Open (assuming either one gets that far).

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