The rivalry between Roger Federer and Andy Murray

After Roger Federer’s grand slam win at Wimbledon during the summer he reclaimed his title as the number one player in the world. Federer beat British number one and world number 3 Andy Murray, with a display of some of Federer’s best tennis in years. It was tuff a loss for Murray in this final his fourth loss in a grand slam final and he showed his emotion during a heartfelt speech after the match while trying to fight back tears.  

This defeat seemed to spur on Murray to up his game and train even harder to be at his best. He proved himself weeks after Wimbledon when he stormed through the Olympic final defeating Federer in straight sets 6-2 6-1 6-4. He kept his winning streak going by finally claiming a grand slam title by defeating reigning champion Novak Djokovic in the US Open final. The match which lasted 5 sets 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2  it was first 5 set final since 2009 when Juan Martin del Potro took the title with his defeat of Federer. The two fought it out for 4 hours and 54 minutes which tied the US Open Men’s final record for the longest match played.

With Murray playing his best tennis of his career is he set keep moving up the ranking and ultimately claim the title of number one player in the world off Roger Federer. Federer is now 31 and many would assume he would be retiring soon he once said he retire after the 2012 Olympics, but with his current ranking of number one he’s set to stayed around a few more years. He also had an interesting fact on his Facebook page for his fans yesterday “Just heard that over 15yrs ago (9/22/97) as a 16yr old, I made my debut on the ATP rankings…debuting at #803 after picking up 12pts. Here’s to another 15yrs on tour….hahahahah :)” 

The question now is how much longer will Federer stay at the top and will Andy Murray keep him on his toes with more displays of great tennis? In the next year of tennis I think we will see a bit of rivalry between the two athletes.

-by Nicole Rogers

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