Andy Murray lost to WHO?

Andy Murray against Janko Tipsarević in the 20...

Andy Murray against Janko Tipsarević in the 2009 French Open third round (Photo credit: Wikipedia) is a great site for interesting stats about tennis.  Zoo tennis recently referred to a page on Andy Murray‘s junior career and I found some interesting facts.

Many years ago I coached 14 and under zonals and my #1 player was Nikita Kryvonas.  That name might be familiar as he won the Eastern U.S. Open Qualifier tournament earlier in the year over Columbia University’s Winston Lin, who I also had in zonals once.   Nikita got to be #390 in the world in the juniors and played Andy Murray in the first round of the Wimbledon juniors.  While Andy Murray, who was the 2nd seed, did beat Kryvonas, who was a qualifier, the scores were closer than you would think – 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Nikita had 3 matches with John Isner too.  While one was 6-3, 6-2 Isner the other two went to 3 sets including a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3) marathon.  The biggest surprise for me was not the close 3 set match with Murray but it was the 6-0, 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the Junior Orange Bowl. Nishikori is currently 19th in the world.  Also a 6-1, 6-3 win over Kevin Kim who reached a career high of 63rd in the world and is currently ranked 483rd.  Kevin Kim won the 18’s Nationals at Kalamazoo in 1996 beating Bob Bryan in the finals.

Lets look at Andy Murray’s Wimbledon record as a junior.  His first Wimbledon he lost to a qualifier – Alexander Skrypko of Belarus.  To be fair, Murray was only 15 years old and he only got into the tournament as a wildcard.  Skrypko played a few Davis Cuo matches for Belarus and played college tennis at SMU – mostly at #2 and #3 singles.  The next year Andy Murray came inti Wimbledon as the 10th seed and again lost to a qualifier – Peter Steinberger of Germany (6-4, 6-4).  Steinbeger’s highest junior ranking was 33rd and highest ATP ranking was 800th.  The year he beat Kryvonas, Murray got to the round of 16 where he lost to Woong-Sun Jun.  Although Jun was unseeded and Murray was seeded 2nd, Jun eventually got to be #4 in the world in the juniors.  In the pro’s he was never higher than 231st.

So, if Wimbledon wasn’t Murray’s best tournament as a junior ,what was.  It’s hard to say if the junior U.S. Open or Roland Garros was his best.  At Roland Garros as a 15 year old he came in as the 14th seed and beat future pro’s Brendan Evans and Gael Monfils before losing to top seeded Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-1.  At 17 he was the top seed but lost in the semi finals to Marin Cilic.  So probably his best Junior Slam was the U.S. Open.  He won the event in 2004 as the #3 seed.  He started out with a 6-0, 6-1 win over unseeded Juan Martin del Potro.  His only close match was against a wildcard from the United States – Sam Querrey (2-6, 7-6(3), 6-1).  A year prior he had made it to the quarter finals where he lost to 2nd seeded Florin Mergea. Murray was the 12th seed.

CLICK HERE for the complete table.   You can find all sorts of stats on your favorite players.  Right now the only way I have found to get a players stats is to click on their name when they play another player so for me to get Sam Querrey’s stats I had to click on his name as a challenger to a young Andy Murray.  Here are a few quick links to current players ATP career statistics:

Tomas Berdych

Juan Martin del Potro

Novak Djokovic

Alejandro Falla

David Ferrer

Roger Federer

Richard Gasquet

John Isner

Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal

Kei Nishikori

Sam Querrey

Milos Raonic

Giles Simon

Janko Tipsarevic

Jo Wilfried Tsonga

Fernando Verdasco


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