With Tim Henman’s career drawing to a close, there was plenty of speculation about who would pick up the torch for British tennis. The answer was an 18-year-old Scot, who made it to the third round on his first visit to the All England Club before eventually losing to former finalist David Nalbandian in a riveting five-set encounter.
2012 – Olympic glory
After suffering the heartbreak of losing his first Wimbledon final to Roger Federer just a few weeks prior, Murray bounced back in emphatic fashion by beating the Swiss master in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to capture Olympic gold – and his first major title – at London 2012.
2012 – His first slam
After four failed attempts, Murray finally triumphed in his fifth grand slam final at the US Open – becoming the first Brit to do so since Fred Perry in 1933 – after besting Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller that lasted nearly five hours.
2013 – Victory at Wimbledon
Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s Wimbledon singles champion came to an end in spectacular fashion when Murray once again defeated Djokovic – this time in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 – in front of a boisterous crowd on Centre Court.
2015 – Britain’s Davis Cup triumph
It was a victory that returned British tennis to the pinnacle of the sport after years in the doldrums, and it was largely due to a string of imperious performances from Murray, who won all of his 11 rubbers including eight singles and three doubles matches playing what Sunny Chan describes as ‘superb’ tennis throughout.