Andy Murray: The Making of the 2012 US Open Champion, Part 2
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Continued from Part 1
2005 started off poorly for the 17-year-old Murray, who made little impact on the South American Challenge clay-court circuit, on which he and coach Pato Alvarez had decided he should compete.
Because of these poor results, and partly because of the age difference between them, he then decided to split with Alvarez.
Having turned 18 years old, Murray lost to Marin Cilic in the semifinals of the French Open juniors, but as a result of his success in futures and challenge events, he was ranked just outside the world’s top 300.
He then teamed up for the grass-court season with British coach and former world No. 80 Mark Petchey.
Having received wild cards and reached the third rounds at both Queen’s and Wimbledon, Murray moved inside the top 200.
He then qualified and reached the second round of the U.S. Open, before reaching the final of the ATP event in Bangkok, where he lost to Roger Federer.
In October he entered the top 100, and he ended 2005 ranked No. 64 in the world.
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In February 2006 Murray beat Lleyton Hewitt in the San Jose final to win his first ATP title and entered the top 50.
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He reached the fourth round at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open but then decided to split from Petchey.
In September he teamed up with Brad Gilbert, who had previously been the coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, and ended the year as world No. 17.
2007 started well for Murray, who reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the semifinals of the Masters Series events at both Indian Wells and Miami—results which lifted him into the top 10.
Disaster struck in May, though, when at the Hamburg Masters, he suffered a wrist injury, which kept him out of action for the next four months.
Despite being unable to play at the French Open and Wimbledon, he still ended the year ranked world No. 11.
At the end of 2007, Murray announced his split from Gilbert and the appointment of a new team of coaches, led by Miles Maclagan, and physical trainers to help him.
In early 2008 he returned to the top 10, winning titles at Doha and Marseille before losing to Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Murray then won the Masters event at Cincinnati and at the U.S. Open reached his first Grand Slam final, losing there to Federer.
At age 21 he ended 2008 ranked world No. 4.
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Murray began the 2009 season fantastically, beating Andy Roddick in the final of Doha, and then Nadal in the final of Rotterdam.
These results lifted him to world No. 3.
After winning Queen’s Murray lost to Nadal in the semifinals of Wimbledon, but he then won the Masters event at Montreal.
In August, at the age of 22, he reached a career-high ranking of world No. 2.
Murray reached the final of the 2010 Australian Open, losing there to Federer.
He again reached and lost to Nadal in the semifinals of Wimbledon, before winning Masters titles at Toronto and Shanghai.
Having lost in a third-set tiebreaker to Nadal in the semifinals of the end-of-year ATP World Tour Finals, at the age off 23, Murray ended 2010 world number No. 4.
In 2011 Murray lost to Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open and to Nadal in the semifinals at Monte Carlo, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
He then won three consecutive titles in Asia, including the Shanghai Masters, and rose once again to world No. 3.
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Having been forced to withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in London with a groin injury, at the age of 24, he ended the year world No. 4.
In December Murray announced the appointment of Ivan Lendl, the eight-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1, as his new coach.
2012 - A GOLDEN YEAR
The year got off to great start for Murray when he reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, losing an enthralling five-set encounter to the eventual champion, Djokovic.
Having struggled for much of the year with a back injury, Murray lost at the quarterfinals stage to David Ferrer at Roland Garros and then headed to Wimbledon.
Murray faced a daunting Wimbledon draw, but despite this, he made his way to the final to face Federer once again in a Grand Slam final.
With the Swiss back to his imperious best, Murray won his first set in a Grand Slam final before losing in four sets.
A month after losing to Federer at Wimbledon, Murray defeated the Swiss in the final of London 2012 in straight sets to collect the Olympic gold medal, and along with Laura Robson won the silver in the mixed doubles.
Approaching the 2012 U.S. Open world No. 3 Murray had earned over $21 million in on-court prize money and won 23 career singles titles.
And then in the early hours of 11 September 2012 he beat Novak Djokovic in five tough sets to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a Grand Slam title.
Hopefully he'll go on to win many more.
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