Monday 18 December 2017

Andy Murray - Making of a champion


Born: Glasgow, Scotland, May 15, 1987.

A survivor of the 1996 Dunblane School massacre, he proves himself to be a talented all-round sportsman and turns down a promising career as a soccer player to focus on tennis, leaving his homeland at age 15 to train in Barcelona.

2008: Becomes the first British player since Greg Rusedski in 1997 to make a Grand Slam final when he plays the US Open decider in New York, losing to Roger Federer in straight sets.

2010: Makes the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, again in straight sets.

2011: Reaches the Australian Open final for the second straight year, but loses to Novak Djokovic, also in straight sets.

2012: Hires former world No 1 Ivan Lendl as his coach.

Becomes the first British man to reach the final at Wimbledon since Bunny Austin in 1938, but loses to Federer.

A few weeks later, he avenges his loss to Federer by winning the gold medal at the London Olympics.

Beats Djokovic in an epic five-set US Open final to win his first Grand Slam title – the first British player to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry won the US Open back in 1936.

2013: Djokovic gets his revenge at this year's Australian Open, coming from behind to beat Murray 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2.

Murray misses this year's French Open due to injury .

Beats top seed Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 to become first British man to win Wimbledon singles title since 1936.

Irish Independent

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