Monday, July 8, 2013

75 years coming for Murray and England

Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the Wimbledon final to become the first British man in 77 years to win at the All England Club. As powerful as that statement is it may be a side note to exactly how big of a win it was for Murray and his personal career as he left the same court in tears last year with the same opportunity to break the streak and bring the trophy home for his country but instead was ousted by Rankin’ Roger Federer in four sets, after taking the first one 6-4. After that defeat, Murray's voice cracked and tears rolled as he told the crowd, "I'm getting closer."How prescient. Four weeks later, on the same court, he beat Federer for a gold medal at the London Olympics, a transformative victory if ever there was one. And 52 weeks later, on the same court, he beat Djokovic for the Wimbledon championship. For several seasons, Murray was the outsider looking in, while Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic collected 29 out of 30 Grand Slam titles. But now Murray has clearly and completely turned the Big 3 into a Big 4, having reached the finals at the last four major tournaments he entered (he withdrew from the French Open in May because of a bad back). And he's now a two-time Slam champion, having defeated Djokovic in five sets at the U.S. Open in September. So is this a sign of things to come for Murray or will this be his crowning moment? I think it will be a breakthrough of sorts and he will be back for more come the US Open but if winning his country’s championship in front of tens of thousands in person and at remote venues from all over the UK satisfies him then his stint as the King of the All-England club will be a short one and instead he’ll join an even bigger club though much less prestigious, the “Hall of One time Winners”.

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