Join Date: Oct 2006
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(0-2) Mecir, Pioline, Murray...
I'd say that from historical perspective at the moment Murray has reached the level of Miloslav Mecir and Cedric Pioline, at least in the Open Era. Obviously Murray is still young and a prospect to win a Major seems to be wide open for him but you never know, he can win a couple GS tournaments and today's final would be his last as well.
In the Open Era 8 players have had 0-2 in GS finals:
Steve Denton, Kevin Curren, Miloslav Mecir, Cedric Pioline, Todd Martin, Alex Corretja, Mark Philippoussis and Murray.
But the analogy between Murray, Mecir and Pioline is quite obvious - only these three players among the "0-2 eight" haven't won a set in GS finals, all three reached two different finals and lost to the same best player in three different periods:
1986 US Open: Lendl (1) def. Mecir (16) 6-4 6-2 6-0
1989 Australian Open: Lendl (2) def. Mecir (9) 6-2 6-2 6-2
1993 US Open: Sampras (1) def. Pioline (16) 6-4 6-4 6-3
1997 Wimbledon: Sampras (1) def. Pioline 6-4 6-2 6-4
2008 US Open: Federer (2) def. Murray (6) 6-2 7-5 6-2
2010 Australian Open: Federer (1) def. Murray (5) 6-3 6-4 7-6(11)
Other less interesting thing. Murray is quite good in tie-breaks when it comes to 6:6 - has a 11-7 record but among those 7 lost sets, 4 happened against Federer and each time Murray had setpoints (Dubai, Doha, Cincinnati, Melbourne).