Leading up to the Oz Open everyone wanted to talk about how Murray was a part of the big 3 and possibly the best hard court player in the world. But really, lets look at it deeper. Maybe Tsonga is the better player of the two?
Yes, Murray has owned Federer of late and has taken matches from both Nadal and Djokovic. But lets take a look at what Tsonga has done. The big Frenchman has beaten Novak Djokovic three times in a row. He won his last match against Murray, coincidentally here at the Aussie Open last year and beat Nadal on a grand stage, at the semis last year at the Australian Open.
So my question is, with a clear head, who do you think the better player is? Is Murray the next big thing for tennis, or is Tsonga?
Murray also beat Nadal in the semis of a slam. Murray has achieved more. 9 titles to 2 (2 MS titles to 1 MS title) and has a better record over the top 3. And yes, Tsonga won their last match, but you can hardly say that Murray is the same player he was in 2008. And even if he was, what does that prove? Murray has won his last 2 matches against Nadal and his last 3 against Federer. That doesn't mean he's a better player than them.
With a clear head, looking at it objectively, Murray is the better player. Will that change? We'll have to wait and see what happens this year. Right now, the facts don't support what you're suggesting.
It should be noted that Tsonga won Paris, which is the very last MS of the year. It's a known fact that most players turn up for the bonus fee.