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Epic: Murray crowns golden summer of British sport with historic US Open win on day Team GB heroes parade streets of London
From London to New York, 10 September 2012 was the day when Britain celebrated arguably our greatest summer of sport ever. And watching proud Scotsman Andy Murray put the cherry on top of a remarkable succession of triumphs underlined Team GB’s boast that this is Our Greatest Team.
For many sports fans in England, 1966 – when our football stars won the Jules Rimet Trophy in a bygone era – will forever be our greatest triumph.
But this is a new world and 2012 is the year of the Brit. Thanks to a golden generation of heroes who have put the pride back into Great Britain
Just hours after Team GB staged a glorious victory parade in London to celebrate the unprecedented joint success of our Olympians and Paralympians, Murray made history when he ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam singles champion.
The 25-year-old from Dunblane emulated Fred Perry’s 1936 achievement, winning a five-set thriller against Novak Djokovic 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2. Murray’s victory in four hours 54 minutes at the Arthur Ashe Stadium completed an epic victory in the US Open final.
Murray’s breakthrough comes just a month after he won gold at the Olympics and crowns a remarkable summer of sport that began with Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France.
When Wiggins won cycling’s premier event many experts claimed his feat could not be bettered by a British sports star. But there have been so many superhuman efforts by our amazing men and women since that the Sports Personality of the Year Award is by no means a forgone conclusion.
BY JOHN GUBBA
Andy Murray’s appointment of the great Ivan Lendl is an intriguing move by the 24-year-old Scot.
Lendl was the world’s No.1 for 270 weeks during the 80s and won eight Grand Slams. But he is probably better known for being arguably the best player never to win Wimbledon.
When judging Andy Murray you have to give the kid credit for pushing one of the greatest tennis players of all time to serve up some of his best ever skills. Rafa Nadal, a true champion, paid the proud Scot the ultimate accolade after coming back from losing the first set to claim a stunning 4 set victory when he said: “I had to play my best tennis to beat him.”
As predicted, Murray pushed the Spaniard closer than many expected but still came up short because he was up against one of the all-time greats. “I feel sorry for Andy and I wish him all the best for the rest of the year,” were the genuine, comforting words from Rafa minutes after his latest briliant semi-final success over Murray.
Ever since his epic triumph over Roger Federer, arguably the greatest of them all, in the best ever Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final of 2008, Rafa has powered his way to staking his own claim to be the top player in the history of tennis.
After beating Murray for the second successive year in the semi-final, he’s now up against the new world No.1 Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Final.
But Nadal has been the best since his thrilling centre court triumph three years ago . . .
MURRAY IS THE REAL DEAL AND HOW GREAT TO SEE AN ENGLISH BULLDOG’S FIST-PUMPING SUPORT FOR SCOTTISH BRAVEHEART
There is something special about Andy Murray that sets him apart from all the British also-rans in living memory who have failed to win Wimbledon.
The Scottish braveheart is a rare breed for a Brit. He has skill, style and swagger with a delicious sprinkling of irreverent streetfighter that makes him a winner.
Maybe it is because he is a Scot, without the airs and graces of the privileged set who have served up generations of false hopes and predictable disappointments. In stark contrast, his predecessor as British No.1 Tim Henman was less of a tiger and more like the stereotypical English gentleman we expect to find at a typical Lawn Tennis Club.
Whether or not Murray reaches the holy grail and becomes the first British player in 75 years to win Wimbledon there is no doubt in my mind the 24 year old World No.4 from Dunblane is the real deal.
At times his raw passion and intensity reminds me of the great John McEnroe, the brash New Yorker who won the Wimbledon crown with a cocktail of brilliance and brutish aggression that regularly upset the establishment.
Murray is a talent with the hunger and genius to beat the best. But there is a big question mark against the Scot’s chances of winning the men’s singles title at the All-England Club. And it’s not because he lacks the quality to do so. It just so happens that he has not one, not two, but three great players standing in his way.
In Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer he faces the prospect of possibly having to conquer two of the greatest players ever to pick up a tennis racquet. While waiting in the wings is Novak Djokovic, this year’s form player who began 2011 with 42 straight wins.
With Murray safely through to the second week, we are still on course for the dream semi-final showdown between Murray and World No.1 Nadal. That will be a great sporting occasion to savour if both men get there in one piece. And I’ve a hunch that Murray will push the great Spaniard closer than many people expect if that epic contest becomes a reality. He is certainly growing in confidence following his tournament win at Queens with three impressive triumphs en route to the last 16.
“The matches are going to get tougher and tougher. But I’m ready,” was the Scot’s confident declaration after his third round win over the big-serving Ivan Ljubicic. And it was great to see the ferocity of the support on Centre Court with English bulldog Brian Moore mirroring the fist pumping actions of Murray on the big points.
Forget the petty tribal jealousy of some small-minded British sports fans, how great to see an English sporting legend give his unequivocal backing to a Scottish superstar.
MAGNIFICENT MURRAY WORTHY WINNER AT QUEEN’S – BUT STILL THE OUTSIDER TO WIN MEN’S SINGLES TITLE AT WIMBLEDON
It is 75 years since Fred Perry became the last British winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon – and the weight of expectation on Andy Murray will be greater than ever after his second win in three years at Queen’s Club.
But just in case anyone underestimates the size of the task facing the battling Scotsman ranked No.4 in the world, this just happens to be one of the most competitive eras ever in the history of the game.
To become Wimbledon champion Murray must overcome the challenge of two of the greatest players the sport has ever produced – not to mention formidable Serb Novak Djokovic, who began the year with an unbelievable 41-match winning streak.
Roger Federer – currently ranked No.3 in the world and arguably the greatest grass court player we have ever seen – was the man who finally beat the World No.2 in the semi-finals of the French Open at the beginning of the month.
While top dog is Rafa Nadal, the defending Wimbledon champion who won the French title at Roland Garros for a record-equalling sixth time.
For Murray to win at Wimbledon would be a major upset. But you have to admire his attitiude
“I’m going to Wimbledon with the feeling that I’m going to win the tournament,” declared Murray after winning at Queen’s when he fought back to beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets.