Last year Andy Murray made the impossible possible when he became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry 77 years before him.
Proving he has what it takes to beat some of the greatest tennis players to grace the grass courts Murray secured his place in the group’s elite.
Murray's Wimbledon triumph was added to a gold in the 2012 London Olympics and the US Open in the same year Murray, while he has achieved numerous other notable victories in his career. But the question remains whether he can be a victor at Wimbledon again this year.
The Scot has earned his place in the French Open semi-finals on Friday bringing about yet another meeting with the title defender Rafael Nadal.
His success at this year’s tournament raises the nation’s hopes at the thought of another Wimbledon victory this summer.
However, with Murray competing against some of the best tennis players in history, where exactly does he fit in?
It must be remembered that he hasn’t had the easiest rides getting to the top, with a heartbreaking loss in the final in 2012 against Roger Federer, where Murray’s and a nation's dream was ripped away from his clutches.
Although this was a gutting loss for the player he became the first man to win the US Open and the Olympic gold medal in the same year. After the record-breaking win Murray was now classed as part of the ‘Big Four’, something he had been striving for so long to achieve.
With his newfound acceptance Murray managed to prove he was worthy of the place when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final of SW19 meaning he now the most coveted title under his belt.
However, with increasing concerns over his back injury and the problem of inconsistency a lot seems to be preventing Murray from having a double Wimbledon win.
Since winning the title, Murray’s back problems have dramatically worsened causing him to undergo minor surgery that saw him out of action from September to January earlier this year. So far the injury hasn’t caused him a great deal of discomfort in the French Open but a problem such as this is always capable of returning.
Alongside this, many have blasted Murray’s inconsistency in tournaments, especially outside of Grand Slams. After his disappointing loss to Santiago Giraldo at the Madrid Masters, Murray addressed this issue when he said: “My inconsistent form is probably mental, not physical.”
More worryingly is the split between Murray and coach Ivan Lendl; this has stirred up much debate at who is going to replace the former No. 1 professional star.
After coaching him to victory last year, nobody was expecting the pair have to go their separate ways. Murray has been left deeply wounded by his coach’s departure.
With a coach still yet to be announced we are left wondering amongst the hurdles whether Murray is capable of another championship win, but one thing we are sure of is that the whole nation will be backing him.
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