Andy Murray is a Grand Slam winner-in-waiting. Roger Federer led the chorus of approval for the Scot in the wake of his run to the Australian Open final, saying his vanquished opponent is too good a player not to win a major.
The fact Federer was spot-on in that analysis was of little comfort to an emotional Murray. The world number three was disappointed by the opportunities he missed in the third set of the final.
However, he may have been more frustrated that he did not bring the attacking game he used throughout the tournament to the final.
Federer of course is a master at preventing his opponents from playing the game they would like to and Murray will take some succour from Federer's assertion that he played some of the best tennis of his life in winning at Melbourne.
Still, the online betting
odds suggest Murray would face a tough challenge, and perhaps the Scot should not be too downhearted.
If Federer was on a different level to everyone else last month, then Murray was on a plane in between the champion and the rest of the field. It is no exaggeration to say Murray will be Federer's biggest threat at the rest of this year's Grand Slams and the tennis betting
will reflect this.
Rafael Nadal will have something to say about that at Roland Garros, but the clay court king faces another enforced spell on the sidelines. He will face a tricky draw at Paris and it is amazing to think that Federer will be glancing at Murray's progress, rather than that of his old rival.
The pressure on Murray to win a Slam will only ease when he breaks his duck, but all that can be asked of him is to improve at each event. In beating Marin Cilic, who thrashed Murray at the US Open, the Scot confirmed his ongoing progress.