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Friday 26 December 2014

Andy Murray can top great summer for British sport

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Andy Murray recently missed the French Open because of a back injury but is returning to Wimbledon
Andy Murray recently missed the French Open because of a back injury but is returning to Wimbledon

Make a date in your diary to celebrate Andy Murray becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years – July 7 to be precise.

Last year he came up short against Roger Federer in a thrilling decider before going on to beat the Swiss supremo in the London 2012 final. That was followed by finally ending his Grand Slam famine at the US Open and his transformation into a player totally at ease in his own skin.

The weight of expectation has been lifted from Murray's shoulders and his belief that he can beat the very best is as solid as his rasping backhand.

Yes, the hyperbole surrounding Murray's bid for SW19 glory will rise to a pitch never seen before and lesser men would wilt but the Scot will not.

The draw could make it awkward for him with a possible quarter-final date with French Open champion Rafael Nadal but I wouldn't be surprised if the Spanish King of Clay is placed in the top four seeds by the Wimbledon organisers.

Yes, Nadal is a major threat to Murray's bid to make history, as is World number one Novak Djokovic and Federer but he has the game to take down any of them on grass.

Last week's success at the Queen's Club underlined his mettle with victories over Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from a set down down.

Justin Rose's US Open golf success kicked off what will be another great summer of British sport, with Ashes success for England to come and Murray topping the lot at SW19.

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