2008 was a big breakthrough year for Andy Murray. Following some good performances at Masters 1000 level the prior year Andy made his first Grand Slam quarter final at Wimbledon in 2008.
His preparations for the US Open where he was runner-up to Roger Federer was fantastic. He was a semi finalist for the second time at the Rogers Cup but went onto win his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati.
Murray was 21 when he won his first of 14 Masters 1000 title. World number one at the time Roger Federer went out to 16th seed Ivo Karlovic in a match dominated by two tea-breaks for the Croat.
Andy had seen off Sam Querrey and Dimitry Tursunov on route to the quarter finals. In the last eight he defeat Rafael Nadal’s now coach Carlos Moya from a set down.
Nadal himself was on the other side of the draw with Djokovic but the Serb defeated the Spaniard 6-1 7-5 to advance to the final!
In his semi-final the Brit has the big serve Croat Ivo Karlovic who of course defeated Federer in the third round. To get to the final four Ivo had won five consecutive tie-breaks to make it to the final four.
Murray even early on in his career had the pedigree of returning serve down to a T and halted the big serve of Karlovic in a straight sets 6-4 6-4 win.
A first Masters 1000 final up against Novak Djokovic, a person he had known since he was eleven years old as juniors.
It was very even and tense made which needed a tie-break to decide the first following no chances really created by either player. The two pulled each other around the court around the match and it was a fascinating early meeting between these two young players.
Championship points came and went for Murray with the third seed really turning on the power and extend this thrilling contest!
Another championship point went as Djokovic got out of a jail with a drop shot which skimmed the top the net and Murray couldn’t angle the ball back in.
The fourth went quite quickly, a second serve got put away with a magnificent backhand down the line.
A fifth went on a bad return.
Another tie-break followed in the second set.
Despite the efforts of the week and the match the level of intensity in the rallies just didn’t drop with Murray winning an lung-busting rally to take a 5-4 lead.
At the sixth time of asking a backhand sealed the deal for Murray who won his ATP Masters 1000 title!