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Murray ends 76 year old jinx

September 12, 2012

Fred Perry won US Open in 1936. After that there was a very long silence. An endless draught in the world of tennis for England. A pathetic jinx ensued... something like it's not possible for England to produce another grand slam champion anymore.

England was looking at Andy Murray to break this jinx for quite some time now.

In the year 2008 he was defeated in US open Final by Roger Federer at the Flushing Meadows. Expectations skyrocketed at that time and people started counting on this young lad to get that illusive Grand Slam Title. However reality had something else in store. Murray kept trying but failed to reach any Grand Slam Final for the next two years. 

In the year 2010 he reached Australian open Final but got defeated.  

He again lost the 2011 Australian Open final to Djokovic.

In 2012, he lost Wimbledon Final to Federer. Heartbroken and pain stricken, he couldn't hold back his tears this time. He was shattered.

But 2012 London Olympics proved to be a turnaround. Murray thrashed Federer in straight sets (6-2, 6-1, 6-4) and clinched a gold medal. This happened in the same Wimbledon court in which he had suffered defeat in Wimbledon Finals against the same Federer a few months back. The history of tennis witnessed one of its biggest turnarounds.

But still the illusive Grand Slam title was a faraway dream. A jinx... that was waiting to be broken... a new history waiting to be written. By this time Murray had already played 27 Grand slam events. US Open was in the offing. Murray had it in him...but everyone was wondering... “when? When he is going to win? And if not in this US Open, then when?”

Grit, patience, dedication and hard work finally pays off. After 27 grand slam events, four grand slam finals and one Olympic gold, Murray finally achieves the target. He defeats Novak Djokovic this time in the US Open Final 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. It was a hard fought battle, with fortunes turning back and forth and finally ending in favour of the Briton. Images of Andy's reaction after this incredible victory shows him bending down low with disbelief and shock. The jinx is finally broken.

While the world of tennis was dominated by Federer, Novak and Nadal, Murray was always overlooked, underestimated and he seldom created big headlines... however he kept toiling hard incessantly... keeping his self-belief intact... waging a lone battle with unbelievable tenacity for a long long period... until he finally achieved his goal. After the victory Murray said, "It is what I have been working towards for the last 10 years of my life. It means the world to me."

We only hope this is just the beginning and there are many more glories and titles yet to come his way. We also know he is not going to rest on his laurels.

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