Just one win away from the Wimbledon final, Andy Murray has compared himself to LeBron James.Here’s what he told Reuters:
“LeBron James would be a good example. He obviously is a great basketball player. He came very close to winning quite a lot of times. Him winning this year I’m sure was massive. For me as a basketball fan it was nice to see. I would say for me I guess it’s a similar situation. I’ve been close a lot of times and not quite made it.”
Murray is, of course, taking some liberties here.
LeBron is the undisputed best player in the sport, which gave his struggle to win a title a unique dynamic.
Murray is the undisputed fourth-best player in tennis, but he’s playing in an era where three all-time great players happen to be all in different stages of their primes. If he was born seven years earlier or seven years later, he might have won multiple slams, but Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer are just too good right now.
So no, Murray is not the LeBron of tennis. He’s more like the Carmelo Anthony of tennis — insanely talented but a tier below LBJ, Durant, and Kobe.
That being said, Murray has his best shot yet to win Wimbledon this year. With Nadal going out early, he gets Jo-Willy Tsonga in the semis. He’d still have to beat either Djokovic or Federer in the final. But that’s much easier than having to beat two of the Big 3 back-to-back, which is basically what he has had to do his entire career.
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