The Punter: Andy Murray still not looking too Grand
Andy Murray is as consistent ever. Able to win plenty of tennis events but not a Grand Slam.
His latest success in Bangkok, following triumphs in Tokyo and Shanghai, have seen the Scot touted at 6-1 to break his Grand Slam hoodoo at the Australian Open in January but his upward curve which should see him overtake Roger Federer in the world rankings, is relatively meaningless.
So hold fire on those Aussie bets. Murray will always be successful in the minor events especially when the world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer take no part or express little interest in stretching themselves too much.
Don't misunderstand. Murray has to be respected as a great player and winning 25 of his last 26 matches including beating Nadal and Djokovic, is full testament to that. But at the end of his career, he will be measured by only one yardstick. Grand Slam victories.
It would be great for British tennis if he could land one next year but it will only happen if Nadal and Djorkovic mess up for one reason or another.
When will Murray win a Grand Slam? 7-4 2012; 5-1 2012; 8-1 2014; 25-1 2015; none by 2015 11-10
Will Murray in a Grand Slam in 2012? Yes 7-4; no 2-5.
Australian Open: 13-8 Djokovic; 5-2 Nadal; 5-1 Federer; 6-1 Murray.