A Man On A Mission

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For tennis star Andy Murray, his best triumph on a tennis court came in 2013 when he defeated Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon. Murray is a native of Scotland, but he now resides in England and he always has a ton of support from the folks there that wave the Union Jack. Murray was on cloud nine after winning Wimbledon in 2013 as it marked the first Grand Slam Title of his career. But since that time Murray has been a bridesmaid and not a bride as he has been close to claiming another title, however it has just been out of his grasp. This past January, Murray reached the final of the Australian Open only to be turned back there by Djokovic. And it was the same situation last month in Paris at the French Open where Murray would reach the final, but Djokovic was too much for him as he lost in four sets.

But after having to settle for second place at Roland-Garros, Murray decided to change things up as he went back to Ivan Lendl as his coach and the dividends have paid off immediately.

Murray entered Wimbledon as one of the favorites to win the tournament and he breezed his way through the competition. Through the first six rounds at Wimbledon, Murray only lost two sets as he was pushed in the quarterfinals by Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who was able to stretch it to a five-set match. And when Djokovic fell in the third round, it opened a door for Murray that he was more than happy to step through. This past Sunday, Murray walked on to centre court at the All-England Club to face Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon Final with the support of the United Kingdom behind him. This marked the first final of a Grand Slam Tournament in Raonic’s career and it showed as Murray went through him in straight sets to claim his second Wimbledon Title, but this one might be sweeter than the first one.

Frustration reigned supreme for Murray last month at the French Open, as after winning the first set against Djokovic, he sensed that the crowd was more for Djokovic than him. Djokovic had been so close to winning at Roland-Garros, but it always slipped through his hands as the French Open was the only Grand Slam Title that eluded him. And Murray would use that frustration in Paris to motivate him which led to him being able to triumph in London.

And now after Murray has once again conquered Wimbledon, he can now set his sights on potentially adding more hardware to his mantle.

Andy Murray, Ivan Lendl

Just like Murray left Paris frustrated last month, the same can be said about his venture to Flushing, New York for last year’s U.S. Open. Murray was upset in the fourth round there by Kevin Anderson and he knows what it takes to win in Queens being that he won the crown there in 2012. Murray knows that he is one of the best male tennis in the world, and now it is time for him to do what the other members of the big four in Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal have been able to do which is to win multiple Grand Slam Championships in the same calendar year. But Murray was able to overcome a huge hurdle for him at Wimbledon, and with Lendl by his side, the sky is the limit for him.

 

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