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Does Murray have a chance of reaching top 5 by the end of 2008?

NinaNina19
01-29-2008, 06:03 PM
I think he'll be top 8 for sure but what do you guys think of his chances of being top 5? We've definitely seen improvement from last season where he managed to finish just outside the top 10 despite missing two grandslams. I don't really see the Tsonga defeat as significant.

stebs
01-29-2008, 06:24 PM
It's possible. I think he will finish 10-6 personally but with a little luck in draws and staying healthy 5 or 4 are possible. Certainly he has miniscule chances of getting close to the top 3, they are still a fair bit ahead in terms of consitency and mentality.

l_mac
01-29-2008, 06:30 PM
He has a great chance because he has no points to defend at the next 2 Slams. He has big points in IW and Miami, then zip until practically the USO.

scarecrows
01-29-2008, 06:36 PM
He has a great chance because he has no points to defend at the next 2 Slams. He has big points in IW and Miami, then zip until practically the USO.

points to defend dont matter when you talk about year end ranking

dodoboy
01-29-2008, 06:37 PM
haha at those pictures!

Ivo#1Fan
01-29-2008, 06:38 PM
Yes, he stands a reasonable chance. I'd say after the top 3 it's pretty open and probably 10-15 guys have a reasonable chance of making #4 or 5.

l_mac
01-29-2008, 06:39 PM
points to defend dont matter when you talk about year end ranking


This is true. Maybe I should read the OP more closely :retard:

My answer is still yes, he has a chance.

Dan's Racket
01-29-2008, 06:53 PM
Why not?
As long as he stays injury free. I dont see much better than him outside of the top 3. :shrug:

osalsyst
01-29-2008, 07:28 PM
There's always a chance. He can certainly pass Roddick, Davydenko, Youzhny, Blake, Berdych and Nalbandian which would get him to 6. With no points to defend at a lot of big tournaments, this should be his true breakthrough year.

Ivanatis
01-29-2008, 07:33 PM
I think he will reach top5, but not yet this year. This 1st round loss in Melbourne really decreases his chances to become top5 at the end of the year.

To achieve this he will probably have to reach semifinals in Wimbledon and New York and play at least a groundsolid clay court season.

jazar
01-29-2008, 08:37 PM
no way. he'll bomb out without gilbert in his corner

BIGMARAT
01-29-2008, 08:57 PM
Top 3 is the only secure spot!

4 and above are all up for grabs!

Corey Feldman
01-29-2008, 09:00 PM
Well after Federer and Nadal, the rest are pansies, so i say yes.

:hug: NinaNina (name like an ambulance siren :p)

danton
01-29-2008, 09:04 PM
I'd like to see him be more constantly aggressive. His game is good enough but he seems to want to play 10 shots when he could finish the point off in 4. I think unless he does this he will struggle against the top players late on in slams and even masters.

Young Boss
01-29-2008, 09:09 PM
where is he ranked now?

BIGMARAT
01-29-2008, 09:15 PM
Well after Federer and Nadal, the rest are pansies, so i say yes.

:hug: NinaNina (name like an ambulance siren :p)


DID I hear you right?

Nole a finalist and a winner in the last 2 slams?????

jonny84
01-29-2008, 09:19 PM
He's done well to maintain such high ranking with big gaps in his schedule last year.

He will climb for sure in May/June/July when he picks up points where he has nothing to defend.

Australia was a one-off and it was no disgrace to lose to Tsonga. Hopefully after Davis Cup he will come back with a bang!

decrepitude
01-29-2008, 11:48 PM
where is he ranked now?

#12

Alex999
01-30-2008, 12:17 AM
I think he'll be back in top 10 soon. I'm not sure about top 5 yet.

Corey Feldman
01-30-2008, 12:23 AM
Hey Alex :wavey:

glad to see you're still around after BG spanked you last night for posting GlennMirnyi's blog in GM :lol:

Deivid23
01-30-2008, 12:25 AM
He will be in top 5 at the end of the season

Alex999
01-30-2008, 12:29 AM
Hey Alex :wavey:

glad to see you're still around after BG spanked you last night for posting GlennMirnyi's blog in GM :lol:

Hey Escude :wavey:. I'm fine, lol. I just thought that his blog was so funny. I didn't have any bad intentions tho:)

dejosav
01-30-2008, 12:31 AM
If he starts playing like he can, and more aggressive, of course. He belongs in top 5 anyway

NinaNina19
01-30-2008, 01:10 AM
Well after Federer and Nadal, the rest are pansies, so i say yes.

:hug: NinaNina (name like an ambulance siren :p):)I like that you agree with me. You have good taste in players.

my0118
01-30-2008, 03:29 AM
I think yes, but he needs a good draw in GS.

RogerFan82
01-30-2008, 04:08 AM
Murray is a counter puncher. As long as he plays consistent he should be among the Top 8 but I don't see him winning Slams with his style of play.

sheeter
01-30-2008, 02:21 PM
Sure.

Duncan
01-30-2008, 02:31 PM
If he stays healthy then top 5 should be pretty easy for him i reckon

scoobs
01-30-2008, 02:55 PM
I think he can if he stays injury free. The loss to Tsonga was disappointing but given the calibre of the players Jo Willie overturned in that 2 weeks, not as much of a surprise as it initially seemed.

He may go down before he goes up, with a title in Feb and two TMS semis in March on his balance sheet right now, but assuming he doesn't get burned too badly there, then he has little to defend from then until October.

I think he could make #5 or #4 but he needs to take the next step up now - TMS finals, Grand Slam QF, SFs. He's not too far off maxing out his optionals right now - it's the mandatories where he needs to make a greater mark this year, really start to make it to the latter stages of the biggest events.

I think this will come with continuing to work on shortening points though - as has been said, he can have a bit of a "why hit 4 shots when 10 will do" and to really step up I think he needs to develop putting a ball away when he's worked himself into an advantageous position.

Burrow
01-30-2008, 02:55 PM
Top 10 is more realistic. Maybe he can scrape the fifth spot.

gooner88
01-30-2008, 04:04 PM
Andy's out of the DC tie against Argentina due to a knee injury.

Corey Feldman
01-30-2008, 04:16 PM
Get back to the Footie zone Gooner :p

scoobs
01-30-2008, 04:16 PM
Andy's out of the DC tie against Argentina due to a knee injury.
And yet I suspect it will be okay for Marseille which starts the day after the tie ends.

gooner88
01-30-2008, 04:32 PM
Get back to the Footie zone Gooner :p

haha.
I thought it would be better to post it here rather than waste energy in opening up a new thread. :p
Andy does seem to be injury prone though which is a shame because he's a good player to watch.

Corey Feldman
01-30-2008, 04:35 PM
He's more injury prone than Darren Anderton was :p

LK_22
01-30-2008, 05:01 PM
He should be, but whether he will or not is a complete different matter.
I think the top 3 places are locked down, but apart from that he could definitely get to 4 in the world. He has to finally show that he can hack it at the Grand Slams though, which he has failed to do so far, but surely this is a matter of time if he plays the way he is capable of playing, particularly at Wimbledon and the US Open

Andi-M
01-31-2008, 01:13 AM
Yeah why in the heck not.

Luck is underrrated in tennis and Andy is certainly due a rub of the green. It only takes one bit of luck to make a season.

Im confident cos I dont believe anyone is especially amazing on tour at this moment in time, Andy can beat anyone.