Andy Murray’s exceptional year continued as he made history in becoming the first player to win a gold medal in back-to-back Olympics.
Despite the early agony of the unwelcome, but all so familiar feeling having to settle for second at the Australian Open, Murray has been on formidable form this season.
Murray had a torrid time in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in March exiting in the second and third round at Indian Wells and the Miami Open. He rallied back in one of Villers’ favourite events, the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, defeating Milos Raonic on his way to a semi-final match with the returning Rafael Nadal. Despite winning the first set, Murray was defeated by Nadal who went on to win the tournament.
The Madrid Open lead to another final encounter with his familiar foe, Novak Djokovic. Once again, Djokovic was too strong for Murray winning in straight sets and dropping Murray down to third in the world rankings. A resurgent Murray didn’t let this last long, shooting straight back to No. 2 as soon as the opportunity arose, tearing through everybody in straight sets to win the Internazionali BNL d’Italia – this included his first win over Djokovic on clay and saw him become the first British player to win the title since 1971.
The marvellous setting of the Queen’s Club at this year’s Aegon Championships, provided a great warm up for Murray’s quest for a second Wimbledon title. He came through a very competitive field to win a historic fifth title, beating Canadian Milos Raonic from one set and three games down.
Murray was dominant at Wimbledon, sweeping aside all his opponents in straight sets to reach the quarter-final against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Tsonga provided a sterner test for Murray but with the home crowd behind him he pulled through in five sets. Murray also won the semi-final in straight sets to reach his third successive grand slam final. This time Murray was able to diffuse Raonic’s big serving attack early on and went on to win his second Wimbledon title.
Onto Rio, with world No. 1 Djokovic desperately looking to assert his dominance over the sport with the only title that has so far alluded him, Olympic gold medallist. However, Murray had different ideas and looked to repeat his victory four years ago at The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Djokovic prematurely exited the Olympics in straight sets, whilst Del Potro kept a resurgent Rafael Nadal at bay to guarantee he went at least one better than 2012.
The other side of the draw saw Murray tested throughout, reaching three sets in both round three and the quarter-final, Murray managed to make back-to-back Olympic finals. Del Potro tested the Brit but Murray dominated the final to take home his second Olympic gold medal.
In 2012, he quickly followed up his Olympic triumph by winning his first US Open at Flushing Meadows. The final grand slam of the season starts on August 29th for two weeks so could Murray win victory making it his most successful year to date?
The tennis season comes to an end in November when Murray will try and win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals trophy for the first time. Starting on November 13th, the eight days of tennis-filled action takes place at The O2, another of Villiers prized tennis offerings here in the capital. Villiers offer everything from a MATCH Business Seat to a MATCH Private Suite, so be sure to get in touch if you would like to witness Andy Murray try to make history once again.
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