Sunday, 7 July 2013

Conquering the final frontier – Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

It was not a great match that can be elevated to a classic status. But for a nation waiting to see their own Wimbledon winner for the past 77 years, it was pure classic fit for the Wimbledon folklores. The moment Novak Djokovic’s backhand hit the net cord, the collective gasps of spectators were released and the whole arena erupted with joy. Andy Murray just translated their dreams into reality. He won Wimbledon 2013 by defeating Novak Djokovic, 6-4,7-5,6-4.

The euphoric scenes that had followed just showed as how much this win meant for Murray, his team and the crowds. The whole stadium along with those crowded in Murray Mound and Henman Hill exploded with cheers. The celebrities in the Royal Box were also exuberant  – from the beaming Gerald Butler, grinning Victoria Beckham, smiling Ivan Lendl and  to whistling Kim Sears. Even the Wimbledon announcers didn’t try to contain their delight.

The main thing is, Andy Murray deserves every single bit of adulation and admiration he receives now. For so long he has been juggled from being Scot to Brit and Brit to Scot, depending on wins and loses. British media and fans were very harsh towards Andy. His appearance, personality and approach to the game have been a talking point. They didn’t even spare his mother Judy Murray and her coaching practices.

Before his 2012 US Open victory, Andy Murray often remained in the news and discussions with this main question, “Whether Andy Murray can win a grand slam or not?”. British media constantly asked other players and coaches about this. Murray’s consistency in the Master’s tournament was not enough for them. Finally when he won 2012 Olympic Gold and US Open, the constant pressure somewhat eased off from Murray.

This victory proves that perseverance is the key to success. Murray has been in the shadows of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic for so long. Earlier, he had reached grand slam semi-finals and finals, only to bow out by the hands of these players. But, with unwavering faith in his skills and the quest to improve his game, Murray successfully converted the setbacks into laurels. And he has conquered the final frontier also – The Wimbledon.

Along with Murray’s effort, there are two important things to look at. One is Judy Murray’s determination and support. She is the pillar of support for Murray and is instrumental in moulding his tennis career. The funny or ironic thing is that after winning, while in his hurry to meet everyone in the box he forgot to hug Judy. He later came back to hug her. Another factor is the presence of legendary Ivan Lendl in his coaching team. After the appointment of Lendl, Murray has gone from strength to strength. Even his plan to concentrate on Wimbledon by withdrawing from FrenchOpen was a genius.

Whatever the British press might say, this Wimbledon final can never be considered as a great match. The match was in favour of Murray from the first game itself. He never really choked. On the other hand, Djokovic was not at his usual best and made the error of losing his cool. Finally, the better player won the match – fair and square.

Anyway, this is the time for Andy Murray and the rest of Britain to bask in the glory of his Wimbledon victory. He has conquered the final frontier on grass – in front of his countrymen. Rest assured, for them Andy Murray will forever be ‘The Brit who smashed Fred Perry’s Record’. 

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