johnwnguyen [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsA Look Back at the Career of Andy Murray The MMA Corner Staff January 23, 2019 News Although Sir Andy Murray has yet to officially confirm his retirement, with a recurring hip injury hampering his chances at Grand Slams, it is likely that the former British number one will retire at some point this year. He has stated that he would like to retire after Wimbledon, but his defeat at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open could end up being his final match. After falling two sets behind to his Spanish opponent, Murray fought back to level the scores at 2-2, but in the final set, Agut managed to reassert himself, winning the final set six games to two, winning him the match. Murray’s defeat means he is no longer in the Australian Open odds, however, there are plenty of top contenders to back if you’re feeling lucky. If that is his final match, then he will retire with a career to be proud of and here we will take a look back at what the Scotsman has achieved. His First Grand Slam Final With Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer dominating the men’s game, it’s easy to understand why it was so difficult for other players to get a look in. In 2008, three years after turning professional, Murray finally reached his first grand slam final. He took on arguably the greatest man ever to grace the tennis court, the Swiss Maestro, Roger Federer it the 2008 US Open final. Federer defeated Murray in straight sets, 2-6, 5-7, 2-6 to claim what was his fifth US Open title. Four Years Later The US Open was not only the tournament in which he reached his first grand slam final, but also the tournament where he first tasted success. In 2012, the same year he won Olympic singles gold and mixed doubles silver, he won the US Open. Murray was unable to secure a measure of revenge on Federer, as the Swiss was knocked out of the tournament by Czech giant Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. Murray defeated Berdych in the semi-final in four sets, to set up the final against world number two Novak Djokovic. The Brit won the first two sets to put the pressure on the Serbian, who composed himself and fought back to make it 2-2 on sets. Murray kept a clear mind though and stormed to victory by six games to two in the final set of the match. This victory was just the first taste of success he would achieve in his career. The Holy Grail Of course there was one title that both Murray and the entire of the United Kingdom were desperate to win, Wimbledon. Arguably the most prestigious of the four grand slam events, no Brit had won the men’s Wimbledon singles’ title since 1936 when Fred Perry won his third consecutive title. 2013 was to change all of that. Britain’s long wait for another Wimbledon champion was finally over. Andy Murray disposed of Benjamin Becker, Lu Yen-hsun, Tommy Rebredo and Mikhail Youzhny in the first four rounds before being drawn against Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals. After going two sets down to the Spaniard, it looked as though Britain would have to wait at least another year for a winner in the men’s competition. Somehow though, Murray managed to get his game together and fought back to win 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5. The semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz was somewhat straight forward, with the only scare coming in the first set defeat. After that, Murray took control and promptly defeated his Polish opponent in four sets to set up a final showdown with the man he defeated to win his first grand slam title, Novak Djokovic. It took just three years for Murray to repeat the feat as he secured his second Wimbledon title and likely to be his final grand slam title, when he won the 2016 Wimbledon title. Murray won his first four matches in straight sets before setting up a quarter-final showdown with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman took Murray all the way to the final set, but couldn’t keep his momentum going, as Murray won the final set six games to one. His semi-final match against Tomas Berdych saw him return to top form, as he defeated the Czech in straight sets. In the other semi-final, Milos Raonic secured a surprise victory over Roger Federer, providing the Canadian with the chance to win his first grand slam title. Murray was in no mood to let this happen and secured another straights sets win to give him his second Wimbledon title and third grand slam title. This straight sets victory meant that during the tournament, only Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was able to win a set against the eventual champion. A great player who has achieved a lot, Sir Andy Murray will be recognised as one of the top players in arguably the strongest period tennis has ever seen.