Champion in Focus: Andy Murray




The 2016 tennis season has been a remarkable one for Andy Murray. Clinching a total of 9 titles from the 13 finals he played this year, Andy has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time and hailed as “extraordinary” by no less than 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. We take a look at some of the Brit’s greatest accomplishments this year.

Andy Murray - BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016

Andy Murray – BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016

#1 – Olympic Gold

At the Summer Olympics in Rio, Murray won the gold medal in singles, becoming the only player to have done so twice. Defeating Argentine Juan Martín del Potro in four sets in the final, Murray created history by successfully defending his 2012 Olympic singles title.

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#2 – Wimbledon

Murray won his second Wimbledon title with a straight sets victory over Milos Raonic. The match was Murray’s third Grand Slam final of 2016 and eleventh overall, a feat achieved by no other British man before. Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  and   Tomáš Berdych were among those he defeated en route to the final. This is the third Grand Slam title of his career.

#3 – ATP World Tour Finals

Murray defeated four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets to claim his 24th consecutive match win and first ATP World Tour Finals title. With this win, the Brit became the first man to win singles titles at a Grand Slam, the Olympics, a Masters 1000 event, and the ATP World Tour Finals in the same calendar year. He defeated world No. 7 Marin Cilic,  No. 5 Kei Nishikori and No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the Group Stage and conquered No. 4 Milos Raonic for the sixth time in 2016 to reach the final. The match against Raonic set the record for the longest match in the Tour Finals, lasting 3 hours 38 minutes.

#4 – No. 1 Ranking

Murray’s triumph at the ATP World Tour Finals ensured that he would hold the year-end No. 1 ranking for the first time. He had first attained the ranking in November, displacing Novak Djokovic and becoming the first British man to hold the distinction. Murray is also the oldest first-time singles No. 1 in the last 40 years.  Andy and his brother, Jamie Murray, are the first brothers to finish as year-end No. 1 ranked players in singles and doubles team, respectively.

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