Scottish ace makes an impact on the world tennis stage
Last Updated: 09/09/12 7:38pm
Andy Murray: Won Olympic gold last month...
Andy Murray booked his place in a fifth grand slam final when he beat Tomas Berdych in the US Open semis on Saturday.
Here, we look back at the significant moments in the Scottish ace's career as he goes for a first-ever grand slam success against Novak Djokovic.
US Open junior title (September 2004)
Murray's talent for tennis was evident from an early age. He won the prestigious Orange Bowl in Florida aged 12 and went to train in Spain when he was 15 to develop his game. Victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the final of the US Open juniors cemented his position as Britain's brightest hope.
Making a mark on grass (June 2005)
Wild card Murray reached the third round at Queen's and was in a winning position against former grand slam winner Thomas Johansson before succumbing to cramp. It was a similar story on his senior Wimbledon debut as he beat world number 16 Radek Stepanek in round two and went two sets up against David Nalbandian only to lose in five.
First ATP Tour final (September 2005)
Murray enjoyed a superb run to the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok but found world number one Roger Federer one obstacle too far. 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 beat the world number three in the semi-finals of the SAP Open in San Jose. He then defeated Lleyton Hewitt in three sets to lift the trophy, climbing into the top 50.
Team Murray (December 2007)
The Lawn Tennis Association hired coach Brad Gilbert to work with Murray but the young Scot knew it was not for him. After only 18 months together, Murray ended the arrangement and assembled his own team of coach Miles Maclagan plus fitness trainers, a physio and various friends.
Wimbledon thriller (June 2008)
Murray gave the Centre Court crowd a rollercoaster ride as he came back from two sets down to beat Richard Gasquet and reach the quarter-finals for the first time. He was well beaten by Rafael Nadal, though.
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 and the US Open always seemed made for each other. After coming back from two sets down against Jurgen Melzer in round three, 21-year-old Murray beat Nadal for the first time, in a marathon match over two days. Federer was a class act in the final, however.
Back-to-back titles (October 2008)
Murray's US Open heroics lifted him to number four in the world for the first time and he cemented that position by winning the Madrid Masters, beating Federer in the semi-final, and successfully defending his St Petersburg Open title. He also qualified for the Masters Cup for the first time.
Biggest title (April 2009)
Murray was victorious at the Miami Masters - known as the unofficial fifth major - beating Djokovic in the final.
Ranking milestone (May 2009)
Murray became the first British player ever to be officially ranked number three in the world on May 11. He then climbed to number two in August, albeit briefly.
King of Queen's (June 2009)
Murray reached the quarter-finals of the French Open for the first time and then justified his number one seeding by becoming the first British winner at Queen's for 71 years, his first title on grass.
Getting closer at SW19 (July 2009)
Murray boosted hopes of a first home men's singles winner with a thrilling run to the semi-finals at Wimbledon. He was favourite to beat Andy Roddick but the American produced an inspired display to win 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. The Swiss triumphed 6-3 6-4 7-6 (13/11) at Melbourne Park.
Another Melbourne final (January 2011)
Back in the Australian Open final, Murray was optimistic he could go one better than in 2010. But he suffered a 6-4 6-2 6-3 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 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5, setting up a clash with Roger Federer. He was unable to make the next step, though, losing to the Swiss in four sets.
Olympics golden moment (August 2012)
Having lost to Federer on Centre Court, Murray bounced back with a 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory against the same opponent in the Olympic final before partnering Laura Robson to silver in the mixed doubles.