Wimbledon, one of the most famous tournaments in the history of tennis, is set to open its doors to the public once again next month, when thousands of spectators will come to visit the well-loved grass courts in the hope of catching a glimpse of their favourite tennis players and witness some epic wins.
As we approach the exciting 2015 Wimbledon tournament, Newitts takes a look at our very own Andy Murray and speculates whether he has the playing power to score a double win at Wimbledon 2015.
"I started the match badly and I think that gave him confidence." (Andy Murray)
On 7th July 2013, Andy Murray made history when he won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships and became the first man to do so since Fred Perry 77 years previously, beating World No. 1, Novak Djokovic, in straight sets.
Prior to his triumphant win at Wimbledon, Murray enjoyed a highly successful year in 2012 defeating Roger Federer at the 2012 Olympic Games in straight sets to win the gold medal in the men's singles final, and becoming the first British singles champion to do so in over 100 years. Murray went on to become the first British player since 1977 and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament at the 2012 US Open when he defeated Djokovic in five sets.
By 2014, Andy Murray was certainly on a high. His game was improving and he had everything to play for, but sadly, this was not to be the case at Wimbledon. Prior to the semi-final between Murray and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, Andy had been on a 17-match winning streak and was looking to reach his sixth consecutive semi-final, until he was outplayed in straight sets putting a sad end to his Wimbledon title defence.
What went wrong?
Some would argue that 11th seed Dimitrov was simply the better player last year - with his big serve, variety of shots and athletic defence proving too much for Murray to handle. But others would argue that the back surgery which Murray had undergone in the previous September, coupled with the loss of his former coach, Ivan Lendl in March, and Amelie Mauresmo stepping in as his new coach on the eve of Wimbledon, may have influenced his game overall.
But, let's not be too harsh on Murray, after all, it has been well documented that only four men in the open era - Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer - have ever returned after their first Wimbledon victory to defend the title.
"Murray won his second title on clay recently beating World No.3 Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters"
Can Murray retain his Wimbledon title in 2015?
Murray's position in this year's tennis tournaments is strong. In February this year, Murray became the first man in the open era to achieve four runner-up finishes at the Australian Open after losing once again to Djokovic in the final of the tournament.
Murray has also become the 46th man in the Open era to reach 500 career ATP singles match wins when he beat Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open last month - an achievement only some of his current peers have managed to better.
The World No.4 has so far managed to secure 31 titles at the cost of just 155 defeats, and at the age of just 27, he still has plenty of time at the top of the game to maintain his extremely high standards.
At the Madrid Masters played just days ago, Murray took his second title on clay when he beat World No. 3 Rafael Nadal in 3 straight sets- a man who has dominated the game of tennis for the last decade.
Since marrying his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in April, Murray has yet to lose a grand slam title. After winning his second clay court title in Madrid, he simply declared, "marriage works". Murray has received so far this year a huge £1.93 million in prize money, his highest total ever at this stage of his campaign, and another great incentive to do even better.
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