Murray at Wimbledon

We look back on the Wimbledon career of Andy Murray as he prepares to mount a defence of the title he won last year

Last Updated: 04/08/14 1:32pm

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Andy Murray celebrates with the Wimbledon trophy after winning the title in 2013

Andy Murray celebrates with the Wimbledon trophy after winning the title in 2013

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British No 1 Andy Murray is set to make his ninth appearance at Wimbledon where, he will be looking to retain his singles crown.

The former US Open champion and Olympic gold medallist has recovered well from the back surgery he underwent at the end last year and is now targeting a second grand slam title at the All England Club and the third of his career.

Since making his debut at the tournament in 2005 the world No 8 has shown signs of improvement year on year and after becoming Britain's first male champion at SW19 since 1936, he will hoping to hang to his mantle as the 'Grasscourt King' this summer.

Here, we take a trip down memory lane to look back on how Murray thrilled the crowds as a teenager to eventually achieveing his lifelong ambition of becoming a champion at the greatest tournament of them all.

2005 - Wimbledon bow

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.

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 6-7 1-6 6-0 6-4 6-1.

The tennage wildcard proved his world-class potential on Centre Court and trudged off to a standing ovation.

After the match, Nalbandian admitted he had been surprised by the quality of Murray's performance.

"You always think it will be tough but he played very well," he said. "He surprised me a bit in the beginning but set by set I started to see his game a little better. He lost because of physical problems but he has plenty of time to work on his fitness."

Murray's Wimbledon record

2005: 3rd round
2006: 4th round
2007: -
2008: Quarter-finals
2009: Semi-finals
2010: Semi-finals
2011: Semi-finals
2012: Final
2013: Winner

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 flamboyant Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-4 7-6 in rather subdued fashion on Centre Court.

Murray was at a loss to explain his under-par performance, admitting that he played "10 times worse" than he did against Roddick.

He said: "I didn't feel like I put up any resistance and I didn't create many chances for myself, therefore I lost comfortably. It was 10 times worse than I played on Saturday.

"I just struggled, it's hard to explain. I didn't feel good all match. I tried to get myself going in the third set but I came up with a bad service game.

"I hardly got myself into any rallies which is normally what I do best and, when you are missing so many returns, it's difficult to win the match."

2008 - The Gasquet match

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 to win 5-7 3-6 7-6 6-2 6-4 and a break down to reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final.

The moment of the match came when Murray won the third set tie-break with a astonishing backhand winner that was played so far out of court that he almost ended up in the photographers pit. Not surprisingly he bought the house down.

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 - Under the lights

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 in a dramatic five-set win.

It was the first full match played under the roof and it became a classic. The Scot had to dig deep to win it as the match ended at 10.38pm (BST) - the latest finish in Wimbledon history.

"It was great, always when you play indoors the atmosphere is great, but when you've got 15,000 supporters it makes it extra special, so thanks a lot," said the 22-year-old from Dunblane.

Following that epic victory 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.

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 - Runner-up

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.

2013 - The dream comes true

Murray finally realised his lidelong dream in 2013 when he become Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles champion for 77 years after beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets in an historic final.

The British No 1 was in ice-cool form in the searing heat of Centre Court to defeat the 2011 champion 6-4 7-5 6-4.

The US Open champion’s second grand slam triumph saw him become the first Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the men’s crown at SW19.

After being presented with the trophy by the Duke of Kent, last year’s runner-up said: "It feels slightly different to last year. I’m so glad to finally do this.

"I have played Novak many times and when everyone finishes playing, he will go down as one of the fighters. He did the same today and that is what made it tough. I understand how much everyone wanted to see British winner at Wimbledon and I hope everyone enjoyed it.

"I hope you guys enjoyed it. I did my best! I did forget Mum, but then I did remember. My team have stuck by me through some tough moments. This one is for Ivan (Lendl) as well, I know he did everything to try to win this one when he was playing. He’s fantastic, he’s been patient and I thank him."

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