US Open 2013

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

High Five

Whilst those for whom tennis exists but for two weeks per year, may believe that the germinating of Andy Murray’s 2013 Wimbledon triumph was his 2012 brave but ultimately futile SW19 defeat by Roger Federer, the sport’s connoisseurs know better.

Just over two months after that crushing blow, and following a cheeky Wimbledon revenge over Rog at the Olympics, Murray’s biggest test had come to pass. Having taken the first two sets against a brilliant Novak Djokovic 7-6 & 7-5, Murray lost the next two, winning just five games in the process. To quote Baddiel & Skinner – “everyone seemed to know the score, we’d seen it all before.” Brits staying up to watch the drama over the pond feared the worst.

As Murray left the Arthur Ashe for a comfort break though, he decided to seize the moment, to rewrite the history that many saw as inevitable. As Murray himself said, “I stood in front of the mirror with sweat dripping down my face and I knew I had to change what was going on inside. So I started talking. Out loud. ‘You are not losing this match,’ I said to myself. ‘You are not losing this match.’ I started out a little tentative but my voice got louder. ‘You are not going to let this one slip. This is your time.’”

And indeed it was. Murray played the set of his life, crushing the resurgent Serb by 6-2.

If you fancy a repeat of last year’s final, Novak is priced at 2.94 favourite, whilst Murray is value at 4.7, both prices with our good friends at Betfair.

Watch the highlights of the entire match below

 

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