SYDNEY – It was a grueling match against the Swiss but Andy Murray stood strong and eventually walked off the court the winner, now having to face Novak Djokovic in the 2013 Australian Open men’s singles finals on Saturday.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 25 2013 Sports
For Murray, standing on the doorstep of possibly claiming his 2nd Grand Slam is a far way removed from where he used to be just a few short years ago when the Scott, try as he might, simply could not get a victory and always had to settle for second best.
But his efforts, tenacity, dedication, hard work and pure persistence are most certainly beginning to pay off for 25 year old Murray who no doubt has been playing some of his best tennis ever since he got legendary tennis great Ivan Lendl as his coach.
It wasn’t easy fighting against Federer, the Swiss may be the oldest man on the court but he knows his abilities and is still a serious and real threat to anyone opposing him. It explains why it took Andy Murray five sets to finally push Federer out (6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2).
Murray has been on a streak of straight wins. He won the 2012 US Open, Olympics Gold medal – to only tennis player to do that back to back – and there is a solid chance he may be victorious over Djokovic on Saturday.
Regardless of the outcome, Andy Murray has made a name for himself in the tennis world and is restoring grace to a country where tennis was once considered to be ‘the game of the Gods’.
At the 2012 US Open, Andy Murray became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in five sets. This title makes him the only British male to become a Grand Slam champion during the Open Era.
At the 2012 Olympic Games, Murray defeated Roger Federer in straight sets to win the gold medal in men’s singles, becoming the first British champion in over 100 years.
When Andy Murray had an emotional loss against Federer at the 2012 Wimbledon, Federer said pointingly “Andy’s time is coming.”
On Saturday he gets his chance but he’ll have to first dethrone the Serb and that won’t be a simple thing to do.
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