Before Murray, there was Henman. Although at times he came in for a lot of criticism, Tim Henman was no slouch, racking up no less than 6 Grand Slam semi-finals and at one time rising as high as number 4 in the world. It is no insult to Henman to say that Murray stands head and shoulders above him. As a junior he sparkled, but British fans waited for the breakthrough which many feared would never come. They had a long wait, but when Murray did break through, he did so in style. The fact that he is now ranked only
number 4 in the world down from number 2 says more about the opposition than about the man, because it is tough at the top.
Although it seems like he has been around for ages, Murray is still only 24, and for the past two years has been runner up
in the Australian Open. In 2008, he was runner up to Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows. A summary of his career highlights (till 2010) can currently be found here
Recently, Murray engaged Ivan Lendl as his coach
. As a player, Lendl did it all - except win Wimbledon - which means Lendl will if anything push him harder. Down Under, Murray has just picked up the Nth title of his career, the Brisbane International, and is currently focusing on the Australian Open, where he will surely be hoping to go one better than the past two years. The big one though is Wimbledon at the height of the British summer.
No Briton has won the Men's Title since Fred Perry picked up three in a row back in the 1930s, and no Briton has a better chance than Murray who is now surely at his peak, something that for tennis players is preciously short, but which may see the Pride of Dunblane into his early 30s. He has all the equipment, including the temperament, something he has had to work on. Although not the most articulate of sportsmen, he lacks neither modesty nor humility, and appears to be a genuinely nice guy, certainly away from the tennis court he never puts a foot wrong, well, there was the little matter of Autograph
, but if he does pick up the Wimbledon title later this year, the British public will forgive him for that. And if he doesn't? Well, he will still be a Scotsman.