Wimbledon 2013: Five shots that won the Championship for Andy Murray
A look at the key shots that saw Murray home on Centre Court
Sunday 07 July 2013
The shots that defined Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory:
Five shots that won Wimbledon for Murray:
1. 3-3; 0-0 - At three games all, and having just had his serve broken after initially breaking Djokovic’s, Murray tried every way possible to beat Djokovic. An attempted passing shot was somehow returned by the Serb, so Murray lobbed him only to see it returned by a determined Djokovic who had taken up position in centre court. So Murray, running out of idea’s, smashed it through Djokovic, giving him no chance to return. Murray went on to break Djokovic in that game, a crucial game in determining the first set.
2. 6-4, 2-4; 15-30 – Murray’s on the ropes in the second set, having already been broken and seeing Djokovic go on a run of 10 straight points. The world No 1 has the Brit chasing all over the court, and when he smashes a forehand along the left tramline, it clips the net with such speed that Djokovic can’t move his racket in time. It hits the Serb square and Murray wins the point, going on to hold service.
3. 6-4, 5-5; 0-0 – Having fought back into the set with three consecutive games, Murray could now smell blood, but first he had to hold serve before he could get a crack at his ooponent. Queue the backhand of all backhands from Murray. He unleashed a thunderous drive across the court that not only beat Djokovic, it humiliated him as he slipped all over in an attempt to change direction. Murray left him no hope with that shot though, in it set the bar for what would happen when he clinched the second set in the following game.
4. 6-4, 7-5, 0-0; 30-40 – Djokovic was on the ropes having seen Murray clinch the second set. Two uncharacteristic errors from him had given Murray a lead in the opening game of the third, before he had battled back to level 30-30. He then volleyed wide when he had the court at his mercy, but it was the next point – and crucially a forehand from the right of the court – that Djokovic went on the attack. The ball was called in, and Murray stood in bemusement, his racket thrashing in the air with an immediate challenge. The crowd, sensing blood, started to clap and cheer as Hawkeye did its thing, and as the ball missed the line, Murray broke Djokovic in the opening game of the third set. A crucial mistake from Djokovic that would ultimately cost him.
5. 6-4, 7-5, 5-4; A-40 – Having seen three Championship points come and go, the typically pessimistic British crowd were getting nervy. Their thought s could almost be heard – “Not another one” – as Djokovic was attempting the unlikeliest of comebacks. On his fourth attempt, Murray served to the left of Djokovic, his retrun ever-so-close to the baseline, but it was in. Some premature shouts from the crowd were quickly silenced, and as Murray sent it back, Djokovic could only return into the net, shoulders slumped. The crowd exploded, SW19 saw unprecedented scenes, and Andy Murray had triumphed at Wimbledon.
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