And so the US Open is under way. Great British hope Andy Murray’s self-confessed “favourite Grand Slam”. Well it should be, he made the final last year – his best Grand Slam performance to date.
What’s niggling me is Murray’s world number two ranking and subsequent corresponding seeding in New York. Does anyone genuinely believe he’s better than Rafael Nadal?
It’s doubtful Murray believes it.
One of the most oft recited Murray-stats is his impressive head-to-head record against rejuvenated #1 Roger Federer. The pair have met nine times on the circuit, the Scotsman winning six of them.
Murray and Nadal have also played one another nine times. Murray has won just twice.
For those of you assuming most of those defeats must have been on Nadal’s favoured clay surface – there were just two on the orange dirt.
The ATP tennis rankings need a shake-up. That much should already be clear from the bizarrely scewed women’s rankings which see the Grand Slam-less Dinara Safina sitting atop the rankings pile.
The protected ranking system can aid an injured player but Nadal’s tendinitis, sidelining him for a mere four months doesn’t fit the bill. The injury must be a minimum of six months long.
Therefore, one the sport’s leading all time Grand Slam winners, still only 23 (just a year older than Murray), finds himself ranked and seeded behind the Scotsman this week.
Don’t get me wrong – as a massive fan of British tennis, I’d be delighted to see Murray prove the rankings right by making another US Open final – but the numbers just don’t add up.