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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Andy Murray: The New Power of Men’s Tennis

Andy Murray is perhaps the one of the most-talked about characters of 2008 in men’s tennis. The Briton has spent a very successful year in which he achieved his career high ranking 4th in the ATP ranking and became the first British male player to have reached a grand slam final since Greg Rusedski reached the 1997 US Open final. Though Murray could not defeat Roger Federer in the US Open 2008 final to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry winning a grand slam in 1936, his excellent run throughout the season was enough to show his potential, skill and quality as a player.

Telegraph reported:

And it should be remembered for his achievement of gathering five titles into his racket-bag, which was the biggest collection in a season by any British man since tennis turned professional. Murray, just 21 years old, has completed a more impressive season than Rusedski or Tim Henman ever managed.

Murray has won 5 ATP title this year and he seems to be the new power of men’s tennis alongside Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. In fact, his 4th position in the ranking has been highest achieved by a British man so far in the history of Tennis. Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer on 3 occasions in 2008, while he knocked out Rafael Nadal at the semi final of US Open 2008, but could not yet pull off a victory against Novak Djokovic. Next year will be the 100th birth anniversary for Fred Perry, the last British male player who won a grand slam, and many expect Andy Murray to mark the occasion by winning a grand slam title which has become a national hope in Britain.

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