Australian Open 2012: Why It Is Finally Andy Murray's Time to Shine

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Australian Open 2012: Why It Is Finally Andy Murray's Time to Shine
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At the age of 24, Andy Murray holds career statistics that would make most other players' eyes water. He has beaten the top three players in the world on numerous occasions, has reached three Grand Slam finals, amassed eight Masters 1000 titles and has been as high as No. 2 in the world. And yet, no one, it seems, will be truly impressed until he wins a Grand Slam title—something that he is trying to put right this week at the Australian Open.

The Scot has always had his critics, and they have always had their ammunition, but for now they are silent as Murray hits form that is getting his fans excited. The critics have been replaced by experts who believe that this will be Murray's tournament, that finally Murray will be the last man standing on the final Sunday of a Grand Slam tournament.

But what has changed? Why only now is Murray being talked about ahead of the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal?

Here are five reasons why, I believe, Andy Murray's time is now.

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