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Great Expectations: Will Andy Murray Live Up To Them?

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 17:  Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates match point to win 7-6, 6-4 in the quarter final match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia on day five of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 17, 2009 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Michael LanichCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

Imagine for one second, the pressure that a tennis player places on himself when he plays.  Now imagine that you not only have to live up to your own expectations, but that of the country you are playing for.  There is a person who experiences that every day and his name is Andy Murray.

The last British player to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936 and since then there have been many great British players like Tim Henman.  It makes one wonder if the pressure of living up to the expectations of winning that tournament, proved to be too much.

It makes me wonder if Andy finds himself in that crucial set at Wimbledon, whether the inevitable voices that run through your head in the moment, will cause him to crumble.  There is not doubt that in that moment you are thinking about what this win would mean to you, but in his situation, the thought about what it would mean for his country would be there too, because let's face it, the two are inextricably linked forever.

In a way, I feel bad for Andy.  I'm not an Andy fan, though I am not a hater either. He's in a situation that few players will ever really be in.  He now has to live up to the great expectations set for him by himself, and a nation.  The question now is, will it prove to be his ultimate bane, or the ultimate motivation?

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