Simon Reed

Consistent Murray should be cherished

Simon Reed

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Andy Murray gets his fair share of criticism for not having won a Grand Slam, but he should be cherished for his unrelenting consistency.

It was a very good move from Murray to go to Thailand, and none of the other top players followed suit, so it proved a very fine opportunity to gain silverware and points.

The world number four took just 48 minutes to thrash Donald Young in the Bangkok final, and I'm sure there was a very lucrative reward for him too.

Murray is playing incredibly well at the moment, and his consistency should be admired and respected by everyone because he has sustained it for so long.

The Brit bounces back every time he gets a knock, and he always responds well to a disappointment, which makes him the player that he is.

An example is the way in which he was absolutely distraught at having lost in the Australian Open, and that hit him really hard.

But there is always a way back for him, and he refuses to let high-profile defeats get him down or have a lasting effect on his form.

I think Murray manages to hit his peak form at just the right times, and that always stands him in good stead at Grand Slams.

It just happens, that Murray is very unfortunate to be playing in the best ever era in the sport with three true greats above him in the rankings.

No matter what the Brit does on the big stage, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer always find that tiny bit extra to have the edge.

Does the fact that Murray consistently reaches the latter stages of Grand Slams, only to be defeated make him a frustrating player? Absolutely not.

Murray is incredibly good at sustaining a high level throughout every tournament he plays in and that is why his ranking will always do him justice.

There are those who say that he will get lucky at one Grand Slam with the top three players having a poor tournament if he keeps his standard at the same level, but I don't see it like that.

Murray has enjoyed his fair share of luck at Grand Slams, but he is just not at the same level to the top three when it comes to the very biggest games.

The Brit may be the world number four, but his consistency is to be greatly admired and it is about time that we all gave him credit for this admirable characteristic.

It will be a very long time until we see a player of his calibre come from this part of the world.

Put simply, Murray should be cherished.

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