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USO 2008 10 16.67%
AO 2009 2 3.33%
Wimbledon 2009 5 8.33%
USO 2009 3 5.00%
AO 2010 12 20.00%
Wimbledon 2010 0 0%
AO 2011 5 8.33%
Wimbledon 2011 4 6.67%
USO 2011 1 1.67%
AO 2012 18 30.00%
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So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

He'd had plenty of opportunities since his Wimbly 08 breakthrough.

USO 08, first slam final, beaten by Fed.
AO 09, betting favorite going into the event, but lost to Verdasco
Wimbledon 09, losing to Roddick in the SF, I think this was his best chance.
USO 09- Was actually the #2 seed here, but lost disappointingly to Cilic in R16
AO 10- Epic TB vs. Fed in finals
Wimbledon 2010- Lost in straights to Nadal
AO 2011- Outclassed in finals vs. Djoker
Wimbledon 2011- Has Nadal right where he wants him before fucking up
USO 2011- Never really had a shot here, Nadal too good.
AO 2012- Took Djoker to 5 sets in SF

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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

USO 08 Fed was lacking confidence and Murray just played the best match of his life and was really close to winning the second set in the final.



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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

2008 for sure
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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

um, obviously the 2010 US Open

anytime Nadal wins a tournament (much less a major) on a fast hard court means it was a massive opportunity for all other 127 players in the field.

including Murray

why is this even a question?
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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

AO 2010 for me. He played below par but he was also fairly unlucky. If he'd been better and had more luck you never know.

Also Wimbledon 09 is a good shout, but against Federer on grass? Eh, tough one.

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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

i think it would have been a great chance to win a slam if he had won the semifinal against djoker at ao 2012...
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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

Yep, I'm going to go with the most recent one. If he had converted one of the break points against Djoker and some how pulled it out, he definitely would have performed better against Nadal than he had in previous finals.

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Yep, I'm going to go with the most recent one. If he had converted one of the break points against Djoker and some how pulled it out, he definitely would have performed better against Nadal than he had in previous finals.
Yep I agree, but also the Verdasco match sticks out. I remember waking up, hoping Andy would be through in 3-4 sets & the match was still ongoing at 2-2. I believe on that surface, Nadal was there for the taking & he would have had another chance in a final.

Wimbledon one's are difficult, Murray is at the stage of looking very Henman like in reaching comfortable semi finals but on grass still looks just under the top tier at this stage.

Hard courts still remain his best opportunities to win slams, for now. He found in very difficult to maintain a good level vs Nadal at Wimbers. Interesting to see what the year holds. His US open performances since 08 have been very up & down, semi final last year but losing to Cilic & Wawrinka were disappointing results.
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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

US Open 2008. Murray beat Federer in their two matches before this and their four matches afterwards (all on hard). Murray also didn't have much media pressure on him at this stage (relatively). Murray was in stunning form at the time, winning Cincinnati before the Open and going on a 14-match winning streak after.

AO 2008 wasn't Murray best chance, but winning more points in his match against eventual finalist in round one (Tsonga) was a brutal first round draw if I ever saw one.
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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

USO09.

He is the type of player that could've annihilated Del Potro in a long match.
All of his finals were against players that were at a level at the time inaccessible to Andy Murray.
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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

Tough one;

Ill go with AO 08 though.

Hed have fancied his chanced against Rafa and Djokovic for sure.

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USO09.

He is the type of player that could've annihilated Del Potro in a long match.
All of his finals were against players that were at a level at the time inaccessible to Andy Murray.
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Re: So far, when was Murray's best chance to win a slam?

I think Murray hasn´t chance to win a slam yet, sorry. In every tournament mentioned in poll you can find far better player.

Roger Federer - Martin Klizan - Lukas Lacko - Milos Raonic - Fernando Verdasco

Dustin Brown - Nick Kyrgios - Norbert Gombos - Stanislas Wawrinka - Dominic Thiem
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US Open 2008. Murray beat Federer in their two matches before this and their four matches afterwards (all on hard). Murray also didn't have much media pressure on him at this stage (relatively). Murray was in stunning form at the time, winning Cincinnati before the Open and going on a 14-match winning streak after.

AO 2008 wasn't Murray best chance, but winning more points in his match against eventual finalist in round one (Tsonga) was a brutal first round draw if I ever saw one.
I remember watching that match and Federer putting on a forehand masterclass for the first two sets. So realistically not a great chance to win.

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I remember watching that match and Federer putting on a forehand masterclass for the first two sets. So realistically not a great chance to win.
I stand by my choice. Murray was nervous in the first, lost it 6-2. But in the second I think he was the better player. Murray would have been up 3*-2 in that set had the linesperson not missed the call (at 4:02 in the video below) on the baseline on breakpoint.

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