Britain’s top ranked tennis player Andy Murray may have lost the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer on Sunday, but it has to be said that the performances of the 25 years old Scotsman has won a lot more hearts.
Although he joins his coach Ivan Lendl with the dubious distinction of having lost the first four Grand Slam finals they have reached, Murray has laid the ground for success in the future, just like his coach who won 8 Grand Slam titles after losing his first four finals.
It was the third time that Murray and Federer came head to head in the final of a Grand Slam after the Swiss Master had got the better of the Scotsman in the final of the 2008 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open and things could have been very different if Andy Murray managed to hold on to the start that he got off to in the final against the new world number one.
With the hope of all of Great Britain riding on his shoulders, many people considered this to be the best opportunity for Murray to get his hands on the elusive Grand Slam title and that too, with the Wimbledon crown and the way things started, there was firm belief that he would do it at long last. With an ageing Federer not in the best of forms, Murray took the game to the Swiss and won the first set with ease.
But the familiar grass of Wimbledon spurred FedEx on and he was almost unstoppable from then onwards, winning the next three sets comfortably to lift his 7th Wimbledon crown. And speaking at the post match media conference, even the Swiss Master congratulated Andy Murray for putting up a brilliant fight, adding that he has a Grand Slam title in him.