Winning Wimbledon is one of tennis’ greatest challenges.
For many years, the question was will Andy Murray do it? In an era of potentially the best three players of all time the challenge was most certainly tougher.
Andy proved during his career he could battle the best and make the top three into a top four.
In 2012, the British number one broke down on Centre Court losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. The heartbreak he suffered wasn’t going to stop him in his quest in picking up some of tennis’ greatest acolades.
Weeks later back at Wimbledon Andy defeated Roger to win Olympic Gold Medal something which still to this date eludes Federer and Djokovic and then defeated the latter in a thrilling encounter down in New York at Flushing Meadows to win his first Grand Slam title.
I remember the match fondly, it was a absolute rollercoaster having gone two sets up and being taken to a fifth set I was an emotional mess, my heart was racing and then a long forehand from Djokovic sealed a monumental night for Andy and British Tennis!
The question would be asked again in 2013, the same press headlines. Will he do it?
Nadal and Federer had gone out in the first few days leaving Djokovic and Murray on other sides of the court battling their own stories out.
One player I watched early on in tennis was Fernando Verdasco, I loved the way he covered the court and unleashed his forehand. I wished he wasn’t so inspired for his quarter final match against Andy Murray but he gave it to him good.
It was a test of nerves for Murray and fans all over the world as the dream of reaching another Wimbledon final.
It began to look shaky when Murray threw in a pretty bad double fault to lose the first set, a net cord on break point put Verdasco in good stead as he went onto take the second set leaving Murray a mountain to climb.
31 minutes later the world number one two had won his first set of the quarter final 6-1 and went onto a fifth set decider.
At this point I didn’t know what to expect, the level of tennis between these two guys was outstanding and the drama continued to unfold. It was a little bit more conservative in that fifth set until the eleventh game and Murray coming on top in a 28 shot rally to find a break point opportunity…
A big forehand pressured the Spaniard into an error and after 207 minutes Andy Murray kept the dream alive.
Jerzy Janowicz stood in his way of a second Wimbledon final but he saw off the Pole from a set down to win quite comfortably in four.
A new opponent in the Wimbledon final in world number one Novak Djokovic having beat him in New York could he do it once again on grass?
Throughout the match my heart was racing, it felt like I was playing every point as well. The tennis from Murray was all or nothing from start to finish and as expected in that final set the nerves took over.
6-4 7-5 up and a set away, trying not to think back to being pushed to five in Melbourne at times you could hear a pin drop on Centre Court.
At 5-4 in the third set Murray was serving to win Wimbledon.
Never have unforced errors been cheered soo much by a centre court crowd with 95% all in unison for that Andy Murray win.
He missed his first two first serves but led 30-0 and two points away from creating history, you could feel the goosebumps all over as the dream was edging towards a reality.
A big serve set up three championship points, chants of “Andy Andy Andy” rung around Centre Court.
Murray hustled but the defence of Djokovic wasn’t done yet. Finding that first serve became a problem and Djokovic ate up and spat out the second serve with 40-0 quickly becoming 40-30.
The crowd cheered and Djokovic laughed as a first serve was believed to be in but was miles out. A backhand long from Andy took us to deuce and even the stars of some of Hollywoods best films couldn’t believe what they were witnessing…
Break point Djokovic, four points dropped on serve in a row suddenly.
A first serve found the mark and Murray stopped the mini-rot, his team rose to their feet as Ivan Lendl sat in his usual calm position.
An incredibly lucky net cord went the way of Djokovic with the ball wiping it’s feet on the net before falling flat onto the court.
Murray continued to dig deep and looked physically, emotionally and mentally done at this point in the British summer heatwave moments away from history until Djokovic crawled to a drop shot to see a third break point.
The defence of Novak Djokovic extended this game beyond belief but it was the incredible defence of Andy Murray which stopped the Serb seeing a fourth break point and setting up a fourth championship pointed.
A backhand from Djokovic into the net sealed it!
Andy Murray, Wimbledon champion!! 6-4 7-5 6-4!!
Centre Court and many fans around the world in tears even the unbreakable Ivan Lendl in the British number one’s box couldn’t hold back his emotion on a sunny day in London the applause and celebrations went long until the night!