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Fever-Tree Championships: Murray's greatest grass court moments

  • 03/06/2019

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Andy Murray is preparing to make his return to the game after after signing up to compete in the doubles tournament at the Fever-Tree Championships, held 17-23 June.

With five singles titles to his name, Murray has long since established himself as a legend at the iconic tournament, and his career achievements on grass alone have cemented a legacy to ensure he will be remembered as one of the best grass court players of all time.

To celebrate his comeback, we look back at some of his greatest grass court moments. 

A history maker at The Queen's Club 

Andy's return to the Fever-Tree Championships will revive plenty of magical memories over the years at The Queen's Club.

First up, he clinched his maiden win on the ATP Tour in 2005 when he was 18 years old. He sailed past Santiago Ventura 6-1, 6-2 and backed that up with an impressive 6-3, 6-3 triumph against Taylor Dent in the second round.

Four years later, he claimed the title by defeating America's world No.16 James Blake 7-5, 6-4 to become the tournament's first British champion in 71 years. Success followed and he went on to lift the trophy again in 2011 (def. Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4), 2013 (def. Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3) and 2015 (def. Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4). 

By achieving this feat four times, he joined the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick, but rewrote the history books 12 months later by capturing the title for a record fifth time. In a final against Canada's Milos Raonic, Murray prevailed 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3. 

Britain's first Wimbledon champion in 77 years

Making his debut in the main draw at Wimbledon in 2005 - just weeks after clinching his debut ATP Tour wins at The Queen's Club - Andy made a huge impact as he beat George Bastl in the first round, and then saw off 14th seed Radek Stepanek before losing a five-set thriller to Argentine 18th seed David Nalbandian in a memorable match on Centre Court.

An inspiring third round win against former Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick in 2006 was further evidence of his prowess on grass courts, and three successive appearances in the semi-finals (2009, 2010 and 2011) were followed  by a run to the final in 2012, where he lost to Roger Federer in an epic encounter that ended under the roof.

Andy's tearful speech on court after the game touched the hearts of the nation, and he went one better the year later, beating long-term rival Novak Djokovic in a dramatic final to become the first British player to win Wimbledon in 77 years.

2014 and 2015 saw him reach the quarters and semis respectively, but in 2016 he lifted the trophy once more as he defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2) to become a three-time Grand Slam champion. 

In 2017, he continued to hit career milestones as he reached the quarter-finals for a remarkable 10th consecutive time. 

Olympic glory

A month after his heartbreaking defeat in the 2012 Wimbledon final against Roger Federer, Murray returned to Centre Court for the London 2012 Summer Olympics and set up a rematch final against the Swiss superstar after defeating Stan Wawrinka, Jarkko Nieminen, Marcos Baghdatis, Nicolas Almagro and Novak Djokovic en route. 

By capturing a stunning 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Federer, he became the first British player to win the men's singles Olympic gold medal since Josiah Ritchie in 1908.

He backed up his singles triumph by securing a silver medal alongside Laura Robson in the mixed doubles, with the British pair narrowly missing out on gold as they lost a decisive tie-break against top Belarusian seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in the final.

Davis Cup delights

Murray played his first of his 47 Davis Cup matches on a grass court at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park in 2006, as he battled to a five-set win against Israel's Andy Ram in his singles rubber. A year later, he defeated Croatia's Marin Cilic in a five-set thriller and Roko Karanusic in his fourth rubber on No.1 Court at Wimbledon to secure Britain's return to the World Group.

Murray recorded two more singles wins against Austria in 2008, in another match played on No.1 Court, but his next tie on grass was seven years later when Great Britain played France in the quarter-finals at The Queen's Club en route to their historic 2015 triumph. 

He captured a three-sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his opening singles rubber, clinched a five-set marathon win with brother Jamie against Nicolas Mahut and Tsonga, and clinched the tie for Great Britain after battling past Gilles Simon in four sets.

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