**This is purely in my opinion.**
So you go to a toy store and buy a talented toy. This toy is strong. This toy is athletic. This toy is tall. This toy has a lot of stamina. This toy works hard. However all this toy does is run from one corner to another and fetches every ball that one throws at it. Fun to watch. But this toy does not have grace. This toy lacks innovation. This toy lacks strategy. All it knows is fetch the ball at any cost. Leave alone the extreme dramatics exhibited by this toy when it fails to fetch a ball.
Now what happens if you let this toy play world class tennis. People will be amazed at its ability to fetch ball. And then they will be even more amazed to look at its increased ability to fetch ball and so on. But world class tennis isn’t just about fetching balls running from corner to corer or from baseline to the net. Its about grace. Its about mind play. Its about deception. Its about reflexes. Its about taking risks. Its about serving risky second serve aces during break points. Its about variety. Its about showman-ship.
Among the top four tennis players in the world currently, it can’t be denied that Djokovic and Murray have come to age. They are the newest and hottest grand slam players. They have met 3 times in the last 4 grand slam finals. However when you see the game composition of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, you will agree that they are way different from that of Andy Murray.
Not many other than the Brits may be as convinced that Andy Murray is set to become the greatest tennis player in the world. Trust me in 2 or 3 years, you will get bored watching a game that features Andy Murray because he does not want to innovate. He does not want to cut short rallies. He does not want to do a serve and volley. Fetch Ball, fetch ball, fetch ball! And going by the physical nature of his game, he may not last longer on these cruel courts just by fetching balls.
And don’t even start off about the 77 years gap getting filled!
–Varun Mannava Gowtham.