Andy Murray: Wimbledon 2013 champion?
A look at Andy Murray's Wimbledon career to date suggests 2013 could well be his year . . .
As we look back at the timeline of Andy Murray’s professional career at Wimbledon so far, a clear pattern emerges.
This is a man with an iron will and determination to succeed that drives him to come back stronger every year, despite defeat.
2005 – 3rd Round
In his professional debut at Wimbledon aged 18, Andy eventually fell to a five-set defeat to David Nalbandian after a heroic run through the first couple of rounds.
2006 – 4th Round
After an immense win over Andy Roddick in the round before, he succumbed to a disappointing three-set defeat to Marcos Baghdatis. However, the British public were starting to take note of the boy from Dunblane.
2008 – Quarter-final
This was the year where Murray’s Wimbledon career really came to life, thanks to the epic Richard Gasquet quarter-final.
Two sets down and with Gasquet serving for the match, he somehow found the inspiration to break back and go on to take the next three sets - as chants of 'Murray! Murray!' thundered around centre court.
He eventually lost in three sets in the next round to a certain Rafael Nadal, but had announced himself on the global stage as a genuine future title contender.
2009 – Semi-final
With Nadal out due to injury, this was meant to be Murray’s year.
After navigating his way through to the semis however, he suffered a heart-breaking defeat after an inspired performance by Roddick – taking the win in four sets.
2010 – Semi-final
After a hugely disappointing performance in the football World Cup, the nation's eyes soon turned to Murray, as they looked for the Scot to bring Britain some sporting success.
However, after a run-in with his old nemesis Nadal, he suffered another frustrating loss in three sets.
2011 - Semi-final
Murray was now showing the type of consistency associated with true champions.
He had by this point made at least the semi-final in all Grand Slams, and had earlier in the year got to the final of the Australian Open for the first time.
All that was left to do was to make that final step up and actually win one of these things.
Unfortunately, again Nadal took him out in the last eight. Yet by taking a set, Murray had displayed his determination to improve year on year.
2012 - Runner-up
In terms of making the final, this was Murray’s breakthrough year and set up a clash with the best player ever to play the game – Roger Federer.
Although he eventually lost in four sets, in an emotional post-match interview that lead to tears from the man himself and fans around the country, Murray had finally won the hearts of the nation.
2013 – Winner?
It’s amazing what can change in a year. Murray now has an Olympic gold medal, has won his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open and is the world number two.
The timeline of his previous performances displays an unrelenting pattern of progression, and this, combined with the confidence he has gained from becoming a champion, could mean this really is his year.
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