Andy Murray hopes to go one better than last year in eighth Wimbledon appearance
By Sam Drury. Last Updated: June 21, 2013 1:44pm
Andy Murray: Best effort at Wimbledon came when he finished runner-up in 2012
Having recovered from the back injury that forced him to miss the French Open, Andy Murray is set to make his eighth appearance at Wimbledon later this month.
The US Open champion returned to action at Queen's in a bid to get some playing time, and momentum, before he targets a second Grand Slam title at the All England Club.
Since making his debut at the tournament in 2005 the world No 2 has shown signs of improvement year on year and will now he hoping the trend continues as he attempts to become Britain's first male champion at SW19 since 1936.
2005: An 18-year-old Murray made his senior Wimbledon bow and there were high hopes for the teenager, after his victory at the US Open juniors the previous year. Wins over George Bastl and 14th seed Radek Stepanek only added to the hype.
Murray's Wimbledon record
2005: 3rd round
2006: 4th round
He faced Argentinian David Nalbandian in the third round and had the former finalist on the ropes, winning the first two sets. However, cramp set in and Murray eventually lost in five sets.
2006: Murray returned to Wimbledon the following year as Britain's leading player and with an ATP Tour title under his belt. He saw off Nicolas Massu and Julien Benneteau in the opening rounds to set up a clash with big-hitting American Andy Roddick in round three.
The home crowd roared the Dunblane-born teenager on and he responded superbly to comfortably defeat Roddick in straight-sets. He was unable to repeat the feat in the next round, however, as he succumbed to Marcos Baghdatis.
2008: A wrist injury forced Murray to miss the 2007 championships but the home favourite was back in 2008 and eager to make his mark. Having coasted through his first three encounters the Scotsman met France's Richard Gasquet in round four. The match turned out to be a thriller with Murray fighting back from two sets and a break down to reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final.
A certain Rafael Nadal lay in wait and, despite high hopes, the Spaniard dominated the match as he stormed towards his maiden Wimbledon title.
2009: With his conqueror from the previous year absent through injury, Murray was the top seed in his half of the draw. He survived a scare in the fourth round against Stanislas Wawrinka - winning in the fifth set - then he beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets to reach the semi-finals.
Roddick was again his opponent in Murray's first Wimbledon semi-final and the British No 1 was widely expected to see off the American. However, Roddick took advantage of Murray's cautious approach to win in four sets.
2010: The Queen was present to see the highlight of Murray's 2010 campaign at the All England Club - a crushing straight-sets win over Frenchman Gilles Simon. A quarter-final with another French star, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, provided Murray's first real test with the Scot winning through in four sets.
Murray close to full fitness
The then world No 4 faced the daunting task of overcoming Nadal if he wanted to reach his first Wimbledon final. Indeed, Nadal proved too strong again, winning in straight-sets 6-4 7-6 6-4.
2011: Another year, another semi-final defeat for Britain's finest. Nadal was once more the opponent. Murray started well and took the first set 7-5. Things started to unravel from there, however, and the Spaniard romped to a four-set victory.
2012: Murray made harder work than in previous years of making the latter stages of the tournament. He required four sets to beat Ivo Karlovic, Marcos Baghdatis and David Ferrer to reach the semi-final. There he dropped another set but beat Tsonga to reach his first Wimbledon final.
Six-time champion Roger Federer was all that stood in the way of Murray's first Grand Slam title. A fantastic start saw Murray take the first set 6-4 but the Swiss hit back to win the next three and claim the title. Murray's revenge came just weeks later as he hammered Federer in the Olympic final, also held at Wimbledon.