Recapping the three Grand Slams won by Andy Murray
During the reign of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic over Grand Slams in the 21st century, one name is easily forgotten – Andy Murray. He is a former World No 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner.
He has been in Grand Slam finals 11 times, winning three and losing eight. He lost five times in the finals to Djokovic and three times to Federer. In the three Grand Slam finals he won, Murray defeated Djokovic twice with Milos Raonic being the other victim.
Here’s a list of Murray’s three Grand Slam wins.
2012 US Open
Murray defeated Djokovic 7–6 (12–10), 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2 in the final, setting a series of records on the way. He became the first British man in 76 years to win a Grand Slam after Fred Perry in 1936. Murray also posted his 100th Grand Slam match win by defeating Djokovic in the final. The first set saw the longest tiebreak at 12-10 in the history of the tournament’s final. It was also the joint longest final in US Open final’s history. Murray was included in the ‘Big Four’ post this win.
Murray was in the form of his life on grass, posting 11-match winning streak ahead of 2013 Wimbledon. He fought his way into the final, defeating Fernando Verdasco in quarterfinals after being two sets down, and beating Jerzy Janowicz in the semis, to set up title clash with Djokovic. He outclassed Djokovic in straight sets in the final 6–4, 7–5, 6–4 to become the first British man to win Wimbledon after Fred Perry in 1936. He extended his winning streak on grass to 18 matches.
The 2016 Wimbledon crown was a walk in the park for Murray as except one match, he defeated all opponents in straight sets. Seeded second, Murray had straight sets wins in the first four rounds before he faced a tough challenge in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinal. He defeated Tsonga in five sets before beating Tomas Berdych in the semis to set up title clash with Milos Raonic. He defeated Raonic 6–4, 7–6, 7–6 in the final to win the third major of his career.
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