Andy Murray: 5 Steps Needed to Win a Grand Slam

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Andy Murray: 5 Steps Needed to Win a Grand Slam
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Winning a Grand Slam title in tennis is not easy. That is why relatively few men accomplish it. Getting over the hurdle of capturing your first is often only accomplished after many tries.

It took Roger Federer several years to reach that point in his career—from 1998 until 2003, when he captured his first Wimbledon Championship. 

It took Ivan Lendl from the time he turned pro in 1978 until 1984—six years and four grand slam finals—before he won his first at the 1984 French Open.

For Andy Murray, who turned pro in 2005, it has taken him seven years and four major finals before winning that first elusive Grand Slam title.

After winning the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Andy Murray entered this year's U.S. Open with very high expectations.

But the road to this particular final was a long one.

Murray's dream was ignited many, many seasons ago, starting back in 2008 in this same setting in Flushing Meadows.

It began and ended with a U.S. Open final.

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