Just want make this thread for Andrew Murray, Britain's biggest hope in Tennis
Andrew Barron "Andy" Murray (born 15 May 1987) is a Scottish professional tennis player, currently ranked a career high of World No. 2 and is the British No. 1. He achieved a top-10 ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals for the first time on 16 April 2007, and reached a career peak of World No. 2 for the first time in August 2009 and again in April/May 2013At the 2012 US Open, he 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 singles champion during the Open Eran. At the 2012 Olympic Games Murray defeated Roger Federer in straight sets to win the gold medal in men's single becoming the first British champion in over 100 years. He also won a silver medal in mixed doubles. He is the only man in history to win the Olympic gold medal and the US Open title back-to-back.
He has been the runner-up in five other singles Grand Slam finals: the 2008 US Open, the 2010 Australian Open, the 2011 Australian Open, 2012 Wimbledon and the 2013 Australian Open losing three to R.Federer and two to N.Djokovic. In 2011, Murray became only the seventh player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year.
Murray identifies himself as Scottish and British.
CONFIDENT MURRAY SETS UP ROBREDO CLASHSecond seed Andy Murray performed with confidence and great efficiency on Wednesday to reach the third round of The Championships.Murray improved to 10-0 lifetime in singles matches on No. 1 Court after he beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 in just over two hours. The pair also met at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March.Last year’s runner-up was a constant threat on Lu’s second serve, stepping one metre inside the baseline to return each delivery. He often turned defence into attack, moving up the court to put away the short ball and hit his targets on serve to send a warning to his rivals in the bottom half of the draw.“He started off pretty good and then I think he had a few break points at 2 2 in the first set,” said Murray. “Then when I saved them, I started to settle down a bit and he made a few more mistakes. The third set was high quality. I was putting a lot of pressure on him and he kept coming up with some good shots on break points. So I did well to finish it in three sets." Murray will next play No. 32 seed Tommy Robredo, who is enjoying a stellar comeback after a serious left knee injury saw the Spaniard drop to No. 471 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in May last year. “He's a tough player," said Murray. "He had a good win today against Mahut, who has been playing well on the grass. He's very, very experienced. He's extremely fit. He won three matches in a row at the French from two sets to love down. He fights right until the last point. He's been in the top 20 in the world for a number of years. He knows how to win tennis matches. So it's a tough match for me."
A Murray Made Of Strawberries The Curzon Gallery on Church Road, Wimbledon, has found an alternative use for the ever-popular strawberries and cream during The Championships' fortnight. In aid of The Royal Marsden, where British player Ross Hutchins is being treated for cancer, the gallery has made the Murray Strawberry Mosaic from strawberries and cream – on display until 30th June. The gallery invites people inside for free champagne and strawberries and welcomes donations to The Royal Marsden.
My Gosh!!! What match was it :D
In the stands and from afar, some of the biggest names in Britain were cheering on Andy Murray at Wimbledon.
There was Alex Ferguson, the recently retired manager of Manchester United, sitting among the crowd at the All England Club and smiling broadly. And there was David Cameron, the country's prime minister, tweeting his well-wishes before the match and then later a photo of him watching it on television.
Murray didn't let either of them down, or any of his other millions of fans, but he did make it hard to take at times.
The second-seeded Briton advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals for the fifth straight year, overcoming a two-set deficit to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 Wednesday on Centre Court.
''I think when you play more and more matches and gain more experience you understand how to turn matches around and how to change the momentum of games,'' Murray said, relating his comeback win to one of Ferguson's famous late turnarounds with Man United. ''Maybe when I was younger I could have lost that match. But I think I've learnt how to come back from tough situations more as I got older.''
Ferguson is becoming something of a regular at Murray's big matches. Along with Sean Connery, Ferguson even crashed a post-match news conference last year after Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.
Ferguson didn't make it that far this time, but there could be two matches still to go at Wimbledon, where a British man has not won the title since Fred Perry in 1936.
''Just got off the court a few minutes ago, so I haven't seen anyone yet,'' Murray said flatly about Ferguson, perhaps trying to downplay the feeling of having such an accomplished fan in his corner.
One of many accomplished fans, it turns out.
Cameron may have skipped the trip out to the All England Club, but before the match he wrote on Twitter that he wished Murray luck. He did the same for Laura Robson ahead of her fourth-round loss on Monday, leading some to think his gesture could be a bad omen, a so-called ''Cameron curse.''
It looked like there could have been something to that over the first two sets against Verdasco, but it didn't seem to matter in the end.
Or, according to Murray, it didn't matter at all.
''What he tweets has absolutely zero bearing on the outcome of my match today. Zero at all,'' Murray said. ''It's nice to get messages from the prime minister, but whether I win or not, his tweet has no bearing on that at all.''
In the semifinals, Murray will face Jerzy Janowicz, a 22-year-old from Poland who beat Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.
Great Britain hero comes after 77 years and wins The Wimbledon! Congratulations Andy
I almost never take a look in this thread, u certainly have seen that. Don't like ATP-TENNIS ANYMORE And when i see a NATURAL BORN SCOTSMAN without the colors of SCOTLAND(i love SCOTLAND A LOT)and with that BRIT TRAITOR CAMERON(Brit PM; male Thatcher) ...well, that makes me puke. If MURRAY had the balls to show some SCOTTISCH COLORS i would like it, but this is for me a traitor FREE SCOTLAND...my opinion of course !!!
I have never read such a excellent article and I am coming back tomorrow to continue reading. Classic Short Boots
grand slam silverware on Sunday when he said he would pass up the chance to be world number one if it meant he could taste more major success.
The 26-year-old will play his first match since being crowned Wimbledon champion when he lines up at the Rogers Cup Masters Series event this week in Montreal.
After spending some time away from the court following last month's triumph at the All England Club, and having reassessed his goals following a holiday in the Bahamas and a training block in Miami, Murray's desire to win the sport's main prizes runs deeper than ever.
"I sat down actually just few days ago and talked a little bit about that ... I want to try and win another grand slam," a refreshed and relaxed looking Murray told reporters.
"Every player would like to get to number one but I would rather win another a grand slam or two and not get to number one."
Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the man Murray beat to the Wimbledon crown, currently occupies the top spot, with the Scot the world number two by some distance.
Murray's next opportunity to add to his two grand slam titles will be when he returns to New York later this month as defending champion at the US Open, the title which he won in 2012 with a pulsating five-set victory over Djokovic.
"It took me a long time to win my first one (grand slam) and I know how difficult it is to win those tournaments," Murray said. "I'll work as hard as I can to give myself an opportunity at the U.S. Open and see how I do there."
The Scot boasts a good record on Canada's hard courts having been a back-to-back Masters champion in 2009 and 2010.
"The last couple of years I haven't always played my most consistent tennis in the build up to the slams and then when I got there I started to play better," Murray said.
"I've always looked ahead to the slams and sometimes not played my best tennis in the Masters series, which wasn't the case at the beginning of my career.
"I want to try and do well here."
Murray's decision to hire eight-time grand slam winner Ivan Lendl as his coach has been inspired and the Czech has helped him shake off the tag of "choker".
"He obviously lost his first four grand slam finals, I lost my first grand slam finals and felt like I was a loser, a choker," Murray said.
"Speaking to him made me feel more normal. He went on to become a great tennis player, one of the best of all time ... Being able to speak to him on an emotional level really helped."
Murray will meet either Spaniard Marcel Granollers or Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in his first match at the Rogers Cup.
I heard someone said Grigor Dimitrov??? LOL , I'm just kidding