2008 was a bit year for Andy Murray. It was the year he turned 21 but on the court the Brit made his first US Open Final, and won his first two Masters 1000 titles but before all of that Andy put on a show.
Over the years Andy and Richard Gasquet have had some incredible battles and this was one of the best in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
This was one of the first and such a lovely embrace between Andy and Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon.
It was a performance of grit, determination and passion as he came from two sets down to win a Grand Slam match for the first time.
When you say to someone Wimbledon 2008 you do think of that most incredible final between Roger and Rafa but this one of the key highlights too.
Having defeated Tommy Haas and Fabrice Santoro on route a first quarter final at Wimbledon was at stake.
Gasquet and Murray played a close first set but with Murray serving at 5-6 the Frenchman began to find some openings. Murray pulled out some incredible shots to save some set points but a loose volley at the net sealed the opener.
The second set was a little bit more one-sided. Murray was continuing to use the drop shot but two bad efforts from the 21 year old and a double fault helped the Frenchman’s mood.
Half chances came for the Brit at 5-3 with Gasquet missing two set points but he couldn’t get that break over the line and as he was losing the second set 3-6 picked up a warning from the umpire for an audible obscenity.
The early evening quickly was heading towards the night. Gasquet had chances to extend his lead but it would be decided by a tie-break.
Murray showed incredible athleticism to get to the Gasquet backhand and ended up almost in the crowd as Centre Court rose to its feet with the tie still alive.
Suddenly the momentum had shifted. After losing the first set the crowd did go a little flat but that third set tie-break brought the atmosphere to another level.
What looked like being a defeat for the Brit suddenly it looked like the comeback could be possible. Murray raced to level the match at two sets each serving to love to win the set 6-2.
For the first time since the first games of the match which seemed a lifetime ago Murray led in the match. He broke Richard’s serve with some clever play at the net.
The one break was all that was needed, the light began to dim and Richard wasn’t too happy continuing play.
It was 21:29 in London when his serve down the T was unreturned and secured a monumental win for British tennis and in his career and of course that famous celebration!
After the match Murray had this to say:
“That was the best moment I’ve ever had on a tennis court. To come back from two sets to love and win it is an awesome feeling. The crowd got behind me just when I needed it and to have them behind me was a privilege.”