Andy Murray’s decision to retire from tennis this year’s ends a career that has helped rejuvenate and revive British tennis in recent time.
As a member of the so called Big Four, Murray has claimed 45 ATP titles since his first triumph at the 2006 Pacific Coast Championships. An achievement that places him 14th on the all-time list for most trophies won on the tour in the Open Era. Against top 10 opposition, the Brit has recorded 101 wins. The first was against Andy Roddick at the 2006 San Jose Open and the last was against Kei Nishikori in the 2017 French Open.
Arguably the greatest achievement of Murray’s career occurred in July 2013 when he defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the Wimbledon Championships. Becoming the first British man to win the title for 77 years. That final drew a national TV audience of 17.3 Million and became the most discussed Facebook topic in the UK that year, according to atpworldtour.com.
“I think when I step back over the next couple of days, and sort of relax and think about what I did today I’ll realize it was a big day in our sporting history,” Murray told CNN shortly after his triumph.
Murray has been a trailblazer in British tennis with him being considered as the greatest ever tennis player from the country. He is the first and so far only British player to become world No.1 in the ATP rankings. A position he held for 41 weeks between 2016-2017. In 2016 he became the first British man to reach a French Open final in the Open era. The last to do so was Bunny Austin back in 1937.
At the Olympic Games, Murray was the first player in history to defend a title. At the 2012 Games in London, he downed Roger Federer in straight sets to win the gold medal. Then four years later, Murray claimed another gold medal in the singles when he edged out Juan Martin del Potro in a four set thriller.
In the Davis Cup, he was the driving force behind his country winning the tournament for the first time in 79 years back in 2015. During that season, he contributed to 11 out of the 12 winning rubber’s for Great Britain in their world Group campaign. He achieved a perfect 8-0 record in ‘live’ singles rubbers alone. Something that had never previously been achieved before.
Murray is also one of only ten players in the Open Era to feature in all four grand slam finals at least once. He has featured in 11 major finals – five at the Australian Open, three at Wimbledon, two at the US Open and one at the French Open.
His contribution to the sport has earned him a knighthood. Giving his the right to be called ‘Sir Andy Murray’ from the age of 30. At the time he was known as the youngest knight in living memory. His achievements have also resulted in him winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year three times. Becoming the only athlete is history to win the award a trio of times since it was introduced back in 1954.
Murray’s career in numbers
$61,055,135 – career prize money, not counting endorsements (as of 11/1/2019)
67 – number of ATP finals played
45 – ATP titles won
- 3 grand slams
- 1 season-ending ATP Finals
- 14 Masters 1000
- 2 Olympic Golds
- 9 ATP 500
- 16 ATP 250
41 – weeks spend as world No.1
29 – combined number of wins Murray has scored over Roger Federer (11), Novak Djokovic (11), and Rafael Nadal (7).
3 – grand slam titles – Wimbledon 2013, 2016 and US Open 2012
1 – Davis Cup title
Past Champions Wozniacki and Kerber Cruise Into Third Round
Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber continued their search for a second Australian Open with comfortable second round wins.
Past Australian Open champions Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber cruised into the third round with straight sets wins.
The defending champion Wozniacki made it back-t0-back wins with a crushing 6-1 6-3 win over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.
While 2016 champion Angelique Kerber proved why she is one of the favourites for the title after a 6-2 6-3 win against Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia.
The German will now play Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell after she stunned Donna Vekic while Wozniacki could face Maria Sharapova on Friday.
Although it was Wozniacki’s first time of defending a grand slam title, she sure hasn’t looked nervous so far as she went too work against the world number 77.
A break to love in the second game sealed a good start as the Swede was made to pay for early match nerves. In this Scandinavian clash the Dane had 10 break point opportunities as she continued to be aggressive.
After a second break in the sixth, the clinical Wozniacki sealed the opening set in 28 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.
The second set provided fans with a similar pattern as the Dane assumed control by breaking in the third game to love for a 2-0 lead.
Even though Larsson created a couple break points, she wasn’t aggressive in the big moments to capitalise as Wozniacki sealed her fourth break of the match to book her place in the last 32.
A great performance from Wozniacki, who is sending a real message that she has no plans of giving up her title without a fight.
The win from the world number three means she could face Maria Sharapova in the next round, who still has to play Johanna Larsson.
Kerber Continues Good Form
Another player who is sending a real message in world number two and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber who dropped five games in a great win over Beatriz Haddad Maia.
The Brazilian qualifier had to work very hard to keep hold of her serves but was broken three times without reply as the Kerber advanced to the last 32.
In the next round Kerber will now play Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell after she knocked out 29th seed Donna Vekic 6-4 4-6 6-1.
The world number 200 is making the most of her Aussie summer as she makes the last 32 of her own slam after sealing her first top 10 win in Brisbane earlier this year against Daria Kasatkina.
Angelique Kerber Eases Past Hercog, Goerges Ousted By Collins
Angelique Kerber set a marker for the rest of the tournament to follow after crushing Polona Hercog 6-2 6-2 in a dominant display in Melbourne.
Angelique Kerber sent a message to the rest of the field after she thrashed Slovenia Polona Hercog 6-2 6-2.
The world number two has looked impressive all season and continued that form by dropping only four games in her Australian Open opener.
A clinical Kerber converted four of five break point opportunities to seal a comfortable first round win and will face Beatriz Haddad Maia in the next round.
However the Melbourne heat got the better of 14th seed as she was ousted out of the Australian Open by in-form Danielle Collins 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4.
The 2016 champion headed into this year’s Australian Open having won five of her six matches to start the season in Hopman Cup and Sydney, with her only defeating coming to Petra Kvitova.
It was easy to see why she was one of the favourites to win the title early on as she dominated the Slovenian early on with her impeccable groundstrokes.
A 4-1 lead was secured in very quick fashion as the world number 92 was facing a very difficult task to try and outsmart the three time grand slam champion.
The 30 year old was only forced to save one break point in the first set as she won the opener in 38 minutes. Although Hercog had forced the issue a bit more in the second set, the same result was produced as Kerber opened up another 4-1 lead.
The Slovenian failed to convert any of her three break points as her 47 unforced errors would prove costly. Eventually Kerber served out a 74 minute win to progress into the next round.
After the match the German stated that she felt good despite the heat, “I am feeling and my body was feeling good and I’m happy I could play a little more than one hour today.”
The German who will be seen as a favourite for the tournament will now play Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the next round.
Goerges Stunned By Heat And Collins
However it wasn’t a good day for another German as 14th seed Julia Goerges crashed out in a three set defeat to powerful American Danielle Collins.
The American played a very good last set and a half to take out the Auckland winner 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 in brutal heat. The loss will be even more frustrating for Goerges who served for the match at 6-5 in the second set.
It’s good news for Kerber though as she was scheduled to play Goerges in the fourth round and will now avoid the big-serving German in the last 16.
As for Danielle Collins she could produce a big threat in the tournament as she has an all-American clash with Sachia Vickery in the next round.
Serena’s Bid, Halep’s Test and Wozniacki’s Mission: Five Australian Open Storylines To Follow In The Women’s Draw
What will the always unpredictable WTA Tour produce in Melbourne Park this year?
It has been almost four years since the same woman won two grand slam titles in a row. The WTA Tour is renowned for its unpredictability, which draws an equal amount of criticism and excitement from fans. There is no telling what that this year’s Australian Open will bring, but here are the main topic’s to follow in the women’s draw.
Serena eyes No.24
During her comeback season last year, it was a case of so near, but so far for Serena Williams. Twice the American came within touching distance of equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record for most grand slam titles. At Wimbledon, she suffered a comprehensive defeat to Angelique Kerber. Then at the US Open she was outplayed by Naomi Osaka in a final that was overshadowed by her clash with umpire Carlos Ramos.
“Last year she made an incredible effort to come back in shape after having a baby and actually she came back in a decent shape quite fast,” Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou said.
“It was a big deal. She had a lot of medical issues after the delivery but she definitely was not 100 percent.
“And I think she’s fitter now … she came back (this season) to a very, very high level of fitness.
“So she’s ready. She’s ready to compete and when Serena’s ready to compete, she’s ready to win.”
Already a seven-time Australian Open champion, should she win again Williams would become the most successful female player in the Open Era to ever participate at the tournament. Her first triumph was in 2003 and last was in 2017, when she defeated sister Venus in the final.
“I think it’s possible for Serena to equal me,” Court told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper Sunday. “If anybody’s gonna do it, it’s Serena, but I don’t think there’s a clear-cut favourite.
“I think it’s a pretty open tournament and I think an outsider can win it.”
Williams is yet to play a WTA Tournament this season heading into Melbourne. The only indication her current form occurred on December 27th when she defeated Venus in an exhibition match at Mubadala World Tennis Championships.
The former world No.1 will make her 18th appearance in the main draw. The event where she made her grand slam debut back in 1998. At present she has a 89% winning record at the event (81-10).
Williams will take on Tatjana Maria in the first round.
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