Andy Murray: Making of a Wimbledon champion

Last Updated: 07/07/13 8:54pm

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Andy Murray: stood tall in the Centre Court sunshine

Andy Murray: stood tall in the Centre Court sunshine

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Andy Murray added a second Grand Slam title title to his collection at Wimbledon, in the process ending a 77-year gap between British male singles champions at SW19.

Murray made his major breakthrough the previous year at the US Open, a result that followed on immediately from his gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

We pick out some of the key moments from his career.

US Open junior title (September 2004): Victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the final of the US Open juniors at the age of 17 cemented his position as Britain's brightest hope.

Making a mark on grass (June 2005): Wild card Murray made his ATP Tour debut and reached the third round at Queen's and Wimbledon, losing on his debut at the latter in five sets to David Nalbandian.

First ATP Tour final (September 2005): Murray reached the final of the Thailand Open before losing to Roger Federer. The run took him into the top 100 for the first time.

Maiden ATP Tour title (February 2006): Andy Roddick was the Scot's first top-10 victim as he overcame the world number three in the semi-finals of the SAP Open in San Jose. Murray beat Lleyton Hewitt to lift the trophy, climbing into the top 50.

Wimbledon thriller (June 2008): Murray gave the Centre Court crowd a roller coaster ride as he came back from two sets behind to beat Richard Gasquet and reach the quarter-finals for the first time. He was then well beaten by Rafael Nadal.

Masters magic (August 2008): The Scot won his first Masters title in Cincinnati, beating Novak Djokovic in the final.

US Open breakthrough (September 2008): Murray beat Nadal for the first time when they met in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows. Federer was a class act in the final, however.

King of Queen's (June 2009): Murray reached the quarter-finals of the French Open for the first time and then became the first British winner at Queen's Club for 71 years, his first title on grass.

Getting closer at SW19 (July 2009): Murray produced a thrilling run to the semi-finals at Wimbledon. He was favourite to beat Roddick but lost in four sets.

Missing out in Melbourne (January 2010): After knocking out Nadal and Marin Cilic to reach the final of the Australian Open, Murray's grand slam hopes were again dashed by Federer in straight sets.

Another Melbourne final (January 2011): Back in the Australian Open final, Murray was optimistic he could go one better. But he suffered a crushing defeat against Djokovic and lost three straight first-round matches afterwards.

Nadal has Murray's measure (June-September 2011): Murray was having his most consistent season, marked by reaching the semi-finals at every grand slam. At the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open it was the same story, though - Murray was good but not good enough to beat Nadal.

So near and yet so far (January 2012): Under new coach Ivan Lendl, Murray produced one of his best grand slam performances in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, pushing world number one Djokovic all the way before finally losing out in five sets after almost five hours.

First Wimbledon final (July 2012): Murray ended the 74-year wait for a British Wimbledon finalist by holding his nerve under intense pressure to defeat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, setting up a clash with Federer. He was unable to make the next step, though, losing to the Swiss in four sets.

Olympics golden moment (August 2012): Murray bounced back with a 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory against Federer at Wimbledon in the Olympic final before partnering Laura Robson to silver in the mixed doubles.

A grand slam title, at last (September 2012): Buoyed by Olympic success, Murray reached the final of the US Open. From two sets up against Djokovic, he was pegged back, but the Scot found something extra and triumphed 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2.

Royal approval (December 2012): Awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

Three slam finals in a row (January 2013): After Wimbledon and the US Open, Murray marched through to another grand slam final at the Australian Open. However the Scot was beaten 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2 by Djokovic in the Melbourne final.

Wimbledon title at last (July 2013): After tough battles with Fernando Verdasco and Jerzy Janowicz to reach the final, Murray saved his best for last as he clinched a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win against world number one Djokovic to take the title.

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