We are two months into the ATP tennis season and the March American Hardcourt season is almost upon us. All the big four have been in action and have assumed their positions in the top 4 rungs of the ATP rankings. Djokovic won his 5th Australian Open in January defeating Andy Murray in the final. Federer won in the first week of the season in Brisbane and picked up another title in Dubai as he defeated the aforementioned Djokovic in the final in straight sets.
Murray has had a stop start season so far. In some matches Murray can demonstrate his immense talents and show he is very much a part of the top 4 but consistency has so far eluded the Scot. He lost to Frenchman Gilles Simon in Rotterdam and against Borna Coric in Dubai. Both these matches Murray was soundly beaten and showed signs of Murray of old. The tetchy irritable body language of old seems to have infiltrated Murrays game once again . What is probably most concerning is that Murray seems unwilling and uncapable of changing his game when it is clearly not working in a match.
Rafael Nadal is still getting game time as he recovers from injury. The Spaniard surprisingly has yet to win a title though is likely to get his hands on a trophy in the Argentian Open in Buenos Aires as he faces his buddy Juan Pico Monaco. Berrer, Berdych and Fognini have already beaten the Spaniard in 2015 as he frequently dodges questions of decline and retirement. One thing that must be said is that in the defeats Nadal has always got at least a set which gives his fans some hope.
So which of the top 4 is the match leader in 2015? Federer, Djokovic, Murray? No, none of these guys. It is actually 32 year old Spaniard David Ferrer. The veteran lifted his 3rd trophy of 2015 as he won the Abierto Mexicano following on from the Doha Open in January and the Rio Open in Brasil. The self styled road runner, who many thought would run out of steam in his 33rd year is showing that there is still plenty of gas left in the tank. Athough his favourite surface will certainly be clay courts, Ferru has beaten top 10ers Nishikori and Berdych in his championship runs.
March will be a massive month for tennis fans with Indian Wells and Miami Open in Key Biscayne. If he can win one of these he will certainly be in the mix for the clay court season.