Can Andy Murray carry his 2015 clay court renaissance in to 2016?

Flint

Hall of Fame
Losing only 1 match and that to Djokovic in 5 sets and 2 days.
Winning 2 finals (3 if you count DC).

I'm not expecting him to repeat those fantastic results but can he at least carry on with that form. So far this year he has looked like the GOAT of UE's and becoming a father appears to have had an awful affect on his game.

Perhaps the baby is crying all night and keeping him up, making him tired in matches/training? Maybe his form will pick up after the crying stage?

I think he mentioned something about finally understanding how to move on clay last year?

Anyway, hoping for an upswing in form soon after those poor masters performances.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
I really hope so. The only thing that holds me back is the fact that he no longer has Björkman coaching him but let him go at the start of the season when Mauresmo came back. Björkman helped him to play better on clay. I'm still not convinced that Mauresmo has helped him to win anything!
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I really hope so. The only thing that holds me back is the fact that he no longer has Björkman coaching him but let him go at the start of the season when Mauresmo came back. Björkman helped him to play better on clay. I'm still not convinced that Mauresmo has helped him to win anything!
Shhh… Murray's inner feminist can't handle that! :eek:
 
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nowhereman

Guest
He didn't get to play Monfils in Miami, so probably not.
 
I really hope so. The only thing that holds me back is the fact that he no longer has Björkman coaching him but let him go at the start of the season when Mauresmo came back. Björkman helped him to play better on clay. I'm still not convinced that Mauresmo has helped him to win anything!
Mauresmo is basically the closest thing there is to a female Murray as a player. You don't improve yourself by basically taking on your own clone. Lendl was a totally different style of player and temperament to Murray. She is also inexperienced as a coach (of any players, men or women). It is hard to see how she could help Murray to be honest, and thus far she hasn't.
 

killerboi2

Hall of Fame
the clay court renaissance was a pathetic clay field so given that yes I think he can.
I too question whether his "amazing clay form" was really that, or just him taking advantage of weak era. Credit for beating Nadal in that m1000 but has Nadal even won anything at m1000 level or above during or after that period? Doubt it... when he came up against a worthy opponent in Djokovic, he lost, which has become an annoying pattern since 2014.

I'd like to say he has a chance but I don't see Djokovic losing to no mug, which means he'd probably have to face him if he gets there. I have no confidence at all of him beating Djokovic these days and i'm not even gonna bother getting excited about their matches from now on (until Murray wins a few and makes it competitive that is_
 
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