• Murray set to capture first Grand Slam in New York

    8/26/12 11:54 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray set to capture first Grand Slam in New York Reigning Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray will make his return to competition, as tennis heads to the US Open for the final Grand Slam event of the season. With the absence of Rafael Nadal, the Scot is seeded third at the tournament.

    World No. 4 Andy Murray is back on court after falling to France’s Jeremy Chardy at the Western & Southern Open. The 25-year-old has compiled a 40-11 season record, bolstered by his recent triumph at the Olympic Games.

    Murray has twice reached the final four or beyond at the US Open (finalist, 2008).

    The third seed headlines a competitive quarter of the draw that includes (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, (12) Marin Cilic, (15) Milos Raonic, (17) Kei Nishikori, (24) Marcel Granollers, (30) Feliciano Lopez and (32) Jeremy Chardy.

    Other players in the section are Thomaz Bellucci, Pablo Andujar, Ivan Dodig, Robin Haase, Lukas Lacko, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Igor Andreev, Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla, Matthew Ebden and former world No. 4 James Blake.

    The nearest seed to Murray is Lopez, who looms as a possible third-round challenger. Further progress through the draw may set a round of 16 clash with Granollers or Raonic.

    Should the seeds hold deep into the tournament, Murray likely faces a quarterfinal meeting with Tsonga and a semifinal showdown with five-time US Open champion Roger Federer.

    Murray is scheduled to begin his run against Russia's Alex Bogomolov on Monday.

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let's not get ahead of ourselves, Kelli! Muzz has to win seven matches!!!

RickyDimon , 8/27/12 1:23 AM

Great to see Andy being introduced as the Reigning Olympic Gold Medalist! And much better for his morale than being reminded he is a 4-times Slam finalist.

ed251137 , 8/27/12 2:27 AM

I agree about not getting ahead of ourselves. There's a lot of tennis to be played. I wish Andy good luck, but it's too early to celebrate.

Nativenewyorker , 8/27/12 4:32 AM

LOL, fair enough. I just think he may be able to put it together this time. Some of the old timers agree too. He's due, don't you think?

Kelli , 8/27/12 5:43 AM

yeah, i had Muzz winning until the recent developments

RickyDimon , 8/27/12 5:56 AM

What recent developments?

holdserve , 8/27/12 6:07 AM

There's no question that he's due. That's for sure! He did have that setback at Cincy with the knee problem. If he is fine physically, then he's in the running for the win.

I would certainly be happy to see it happen.

Nativenewyorker , 8/27/12 6:08 AM

Recent developments are him bombing out of Toronto and Cincy. Old timers might have picked him but no one on ESPN or did. His first serve percentage against Bogo looked terrible.

pennster , 8/27/12 11:10 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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