Bangkok Flashback 2005: The Rise of Andy Murray

Aaron KumarSenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2009

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates break point against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland during the fourth rubber match of the Davis Cup tie between Great Britain and Poland at Liverpool Echo Arena on September 20, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As some of the world's top players compete at the ATP tournament in Bangkok, Thailand this week I thought it would be an appropriate time to look back at the rise of Andy Murray who really took the tennis world by storm at that tournament four years ago.

Murray who was aged just 18 had reached the third round of Wimbledon on his debut before losing to the former Finalist David Nalbandian in an epic five set match. Murray went into the tournament in Bangkok without too much expectations on shoulders but despite this he produced a series of superb performances to reach the first ATP Final of his career.

In the final Murray was up against none other than the world number one, Roger Federer, although Murray put up a spirited performance Federer's experience proved decisive as he emerged a 6-3 7-5 victor. It will be interesting to see if any up and coming talented players can make their mark and reach the first final of their career in Bangkok this week. Murray will have to raise his game if he is to upset the Betting Odds and win the first Grand Slam of his career.

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