Andy Murray’s slam total is now three, after winning his second Wimbledon title. How high can his total reach?
It took three years, but Andy Murray’s slam total has finally risen to three, ensuring his undisputable place as the “best of the rest”. He is nowhere close to Djokovic’s total of 12, let alone Nadal’s 14 or Federer’s 17. However, he’s now ahead of Stan Wawrinka, as well as former world number ones Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.
Now the question is how high Andy Murray’s slam total can reach. Having been in each final this year, he’s playing at the highest level of his career. If things go his way in the hard court season, another US Open title could get him close to being World Number 1. While Djokovic will still be the favourite for ever tournament, at least according to online sportsbooks, the Serbian has shown himself to be vulnerable. If Murray can keep up this level, he will surely win more slams.
Could Andy Murray total better reflect his quality?
If Andy Murray builds on this success he could equal the Grand Slam records of some legends of the game. Jim Courier won four, while Boris Becker won six. However, Murray has already played in more slam finals than both of them. He has more titles than Jim Courier ever won, while he’s not far behind Becker’s haul. He should be regarded as a legend of their standing, even if his grand slam results do not yet reflect that.
At 29, Murray can’t be expected to perform at his current level forever, but with his high fitness and exemplary care he takes regarding his health, it wouldn’t be surprising if he maintained this form for several years. If he were to do this he would have a great shot a winning several more grand slam titles, particularly if Djokovic succumbs to poor form or injury. If his biggest rival were to miss a Grand Slam, or get knocked out unexpectedly like he did this time, Murray’s odds at online sportsbooks in the UK would plummet.
If Andy Murray’s slam total were to reach 5, he would then be close to equally several legends of the game. Boris Becker and Stephan Edberg – who coach his biggest rivals, Djokovic and Federer – both reached six slam titles. Mats Wilander and John McEnroe both reached seven. And Murray’s own coach Ivan Lendl, along with Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi, all won eight slams.
While it may seem fanciful that he could win another five, it all depends on his opponent. The decline of Nadal and Federer means Murray could reach more finals and play opponents of a similar standard to Raonic. As we saw on Sunday, when Murray isn’t playing someone from the Big Four, he can look like one of the best ever.
How many more slams can Serena win?
A more important moment in tennis history occurred on Saturday afternoon, as Serena Williams equalled Steffi Graf’s open-era record of twenty-two women’s singles grand slam wins. She’s reached the final of seven of the last eight grand slams, and continues to dominate the sport. It seems a certainty that she will beat Graf’s record, and the question of how many she gets in total may reflect when she chooses to retire, rather than the quality of her opponents.
If she continues anywhere near her current level, it seems incredibly likely that she will win a slam or two within the next year. And, although she is thirty-four, she shows no obvious signs of decline. If she continues for even just a year or two more, she could set a very high total for the next legend hoping to win. If online sportsbooks in the US have high odds on her reaching twenty-six slam titles, it’d probably be a good bet to make.