You might remember I wrote an article a few months ago about restoring 5 set finals at Masters level
It seems that its really difficult for younger players to establish themselves at slam level, harder than in the past.
And I think of Andy Murray who's about to play Roger Federer later in Canada. Of course this final will be best of 3 so close to the US Open but I was thinking that Murray is coming up to 24 years old and he's one of the best players in the world - and I don't think he's ever won a 5 set final.....Please correct me if I'm mistaken.
Until Ettiene DeVilliers messed up with the calendar, many ATP tournaments had 5 sets finals, not just Masters, I can think of these:
Basel, Barcelona, Vienna, Monte Carlo (previously a Masters event), Gstaad among others.
I think its concerning that young players are not getting the exposure to playing 5 set finals before they get to slam level arena – they are not getting adequate preparation on how to approach a longer match with everythng on the line. Murray has done well against Federer but has never beaten him in a 5 set situation.
Before Federer won Wimbledon in 2003 he won Masters events in Hamburg playing 5 set finals and winning them. Before Nadal won the French in 2005 he played 5 set finals in Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome.
Sampras won his first ever tournament in 1990 as an 18 year old playing a 5 set final in Philadelphia against Gomez.
I just wonder if it would do the younger players some good to get the feel of playing 5 set finals at ATP level so they are better prepared should they get to a Grand Slam final?