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Background: Murray’s Journey to Madrid

Posted by elinord on October 27, 2008

The right-handed, singles and doubles player ironically began his tennis career at the ripe age of 14 in Spain. It was at this time that he left Scotland and moved to Barcelona, training at the Sabchez Casal Academy because, as he mentions in his blog, “It was getting harder and harder to push myself at home, so it was the right move for me.”

Murray began winning titles from a young age. In 2004, 17 years old, he won the US Open Boys title, beating Sergiy Stakhovsky. That same year, he was recognized for being the BBC Young Sports Personality and was also called up to the Davis Cup Squad, training alongside Tim Henman.

Turning professional in 2005, Murray made his debut at the Davis Cup, becoming the youngest player to represent Great Britain. It was at this point, aged 18 that his career soared.

His achievements on the court have included;

2006
•    First ATP tour final versus Roger Federer in Bangkok.
•    Became the youngest British player in the top 100 since 1974.
•    First ATP tour title beating two Grand Slam Champions Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick in San Jose.
•    British number one for the first time.
•    Makes third round of Wimbledon in his first ever Grand Slam appearance, taking ex-finalist David Nalbandian to five sets.

2007
•    Made 4th round at Aussie Open.
•    Defended San Jose title.
•    Reaches career high No. 8 in ATP rankings despite missing four months for back and wrist injuries.
•    Led Great Britain back into 2008 Davis Cup World Group by winning both of his singles matches versus Croatia in playoff.
•    Captures third career ATP title in St Petersburg against Fernando Verdasco.
•    Finishes season with best indoor record on ATP tour.

2008
•    Captures fourth career ATP title in Doha.
•    Captures fifth career ATP title in Marseille.
•    Knocks Roger Federer out in first round of Dubai Championship, to move to a 2-1 record against the world No. 1.
•    Reaches 4th round at Wimbledon, after coming from 2 sets down against Richard Gasquet.
•    Lifts first Masters Series shield (Cincinnati) after defeating Novak Djokovic for second time in a week, 7-6 7-6.
•    Reaches first Grand Slam final, defeating Rafeal Nadal for the first time en route to loss versus Roger Federer.

At a career high of 4th in the world, this month’s success in Madrid has been a well- deserved conclusion to a relatively short career for Andy Murray.

His equal opponent of Gilles Simon on Sunday was only their third meeting. Their last Clay matches were in Rome, May 2007, where Simon was the victor and in Hamburg. May 2007, where Murray first defeated him. Both went into the game with a tie 1-1.

Elinor D. Davies (elinor.d.davies@my.westminster.ac.uk)

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