Andy Murray is living proof of this having just earned himself the World Number 1 spot in the Emirates ATP World Tennis Rankings, following an adrenaline filled battle of unquestionable fitness, skill and overall mental toughness.
Breaking Djokovic’s serve and winning three straight games to take the first set 6-3, Murray entered the second set on fire. Covering every bit of the court with speed, commitment and pure determination.
Despite a few errors in the second set & a momentary blip, losing 8 points in a row and leaving Novak an opportunity to take advantage, Andy’s mental resilience served him well and he regained his composure to get back into “flow”. The pure focus and concentration was palpable.
Some relentless rallies, one consisting of 33 shots. A whole host of unforced errors by Novak (30 in the whole match). Murray took the opportunity and broke him down physically and mentally, pulling out every shot in the book. The control and technical accuracy was phenomenal. Then unexpectedly Murray was challenged by Djokovic, who Tim Henman (commentating) described as being “Like a dog with a bone, he just won’t let go”!
The crowd went wild. The atmosphere electric as they championed Murray to his World Number 1 Title.
Murray pulled it out of the bag & showed no sign of fatigue despite having played a week of long, grueling, exhausting matches. He maintained an unbelievable level of intensity throughout. Attacking the ball without hesitation. He ate the match up. His resilience was impressive given that he lost a few unfortunate points in the beginning of the match & the blip in the second set. Especially with Djokovic stepping up later in the match.
It seemed there was never any doubt in Andy Murray’s mind… He was here to win. He took control and dominated the majority of the match. Sealing the deal after 3 championship points.
Though he couldn’t help putting the crowd on the edge of their seats at 5-4 in the second set. He was then at match point… His quickest game of the week, BOOM.
An extraordinary physical, mental, technical and tactical performance.
The sportsmanship between the players was humbling. Two very inspiring tennis greats.
ND: “In the decisive moments I wasn’t able to come back. I left it too late. Andy is definitely the best player of the year. Congratulations to him & his team on a phenomenal year.”
AM: “A very special day playing against Novak in a match like this. I’ve lost many of them before. This was something I never expected. Thank you to my family & team for the sacrifices they’ve made to support me”.
I’m sure I speak on behalf of the nation when I say… “Andy Murray, we are all so very proud of you.”
Having won 77 matches this year. 24 match wins in a row. 5 tournaments in a row. It’s the rise of Andy Murray.