Andy Murray needed a win over Grigor Dimitrov to secure a spot at the London ATP Finals. The Scot did it and did it in style as he dispatched Dimitrov 6-3 6-3 in a bit more than an hour. The world number 11 showed flashes of brilliance but the Scot was in control from the first to the last point of the match.
The 23 year-old Bulgarian had a great season with three titles on three different surfaces (Acapulco, Bucharest, Queen’s) and a semifinal at Wimbledon.
Win his straight sets win over Julien Benneteau on Wednesday, Andy Murray has now won 19 of his last 21 matches, with 3 titles under his belt (Shenzhen, Vienna and Valencia).
6-3 6-4 for the Scot who can thank Benneteau for all his unforced errors. Murray who is fifth in the race, needs to reach the quarterfinals to qualify for the London ATP finals. He next faces Grigor Dimitrov, who beat him at Wimbledon this year.
Fun fact: Benneteau’s coach, Loic Courteau is the former coach of Amélie Mauresmo who is now the coach of Andy Murray.
This year’s US Open could be the last Grand Slam tournament Andy Murray plays in adidas clothes as his current contract with adidas expires this November.
Murray signed with adidas in 2009 (his previous clothing sponsor was Fred Perry) and since then he has become a British hero after his victories at the Olympics and the US Open in 2012 and his triumph at Wimbledon in 2013.
According to Business Week Murray’s current agreement with adidas paid him a reported $16.5 million over five years, with bonuses possibly boosting the value as high as $5 million per year.
In comparison, Federer’s Nike deal is reportedly worth as much as $13 million a year, with a base value closer to $10 million. Rafael Nadal gets a reported $7 million per year.
The Daily Record projects that Murray’s next deal may be worth up to $83 million, a substantial increase in money.
I guess adidas will do everything they can to sign Murray otherwise they won’t have any top male players wearing their clothes.