Andy Murray — A Champion in the Making
by Danielle Diniz | Cornell University
Andy Murray. What more can you say? His cute Scottish accent and lean, muscular physique (although making him a chick magnet) are hardly what have contributed to his recent accomplishments on the court. Despite narrowly losing at Wimbledon, he battled Fed to the end, and this past Sunday he dominated the All England court to win the gold. Yes, I said GOLD. The talents of Murray finally emerge as he ascends from No.4 in the world into the ‘circle of the top three.’ Djokovic, Nadal and especially Federer have given him a run for his money, but in the Olympic final his endurance proved true and, in a sense, epic. On Fed’s “home court” he defeated him easily in straight sets: 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.
But what possessed him to perform this well? We all ask the same questions: what made the Wimbledon championship so different than the Olympics? Did he step it up or did Fed come up short? Murray’s athleticism definitely played a huge part in Sunday’s beating; he covered the court effortlessly, a strong point that Fed usually matches with grace and ease, but that wasn’t the case this time around. His “old” age finally showed, highlighting just how the legs of a 25-year-old can outdo those of someone who is 30. Is it the onset of an era where Federer now becomes a veteran? As of now the soon-to-be retiree still holds the No.1 spot and almost every record in history, but Murray seems to be showing his skills better than ever before.
Britain has never wanted a winner more than they do now, and even though it was slightly prolonged, Murray still snagged his biggest win in England. It was on the same court as four weeks before, but for a different title, and the title was more than just for himself. It was for his country, as well.
During Wimbledon, networks delved farther into what Murray winning would mean to Britain. Despite him being Scottish, initial tensions have dissipated, and he’s become a national hero, accepted by everyone and cheered by all. He hails from the small town of Dunblane, where when he was in the fourth grade there was a school shooting, killing about 16 kids and one adult on March 13, 1996. Since this tragedy Murray has humbly lifted the spirits of the residents and reputation of the town. He was still a youngster when he would whip out his muscles and kiss them after winning a match and has since learned to refine his ways, celebrate with class and even shed a tear or two after performing to the best of his ability for all of Great Britain.
To return to Sunday, he showed the determination of a champion and said so when McEnroe interviewed him as, “he’d like to win the U.S. Open,” which starts August 27. He’s bound to win more majors in the future, and the first step is to take his first grand slam. He’s certainly paid his dues — four slam finals later, he has yet to win, exactly like his coach Ivan Lendl.
As the U.S. Open steadily approaches, Murray prepares. Of course at the tournament he’ll have his stunning, long-time girlfriend Kim Sears in tow, but it’s still worth tuning in to watch the Scotsman take a stand. Although he faces the greats, he’s well on his way to becoming one himself.Danielle is a NGJ Staff Writer and a junior double majoring in English and Theater at Cornell University, with a particular interest in Shakespeare. She also writes for the Cornell Daily Sun.