Andy Murray, the man who brought an end to Great Britain’s Wimbledon men’s singles drought, is today sitting on 499 career wins – the only man standing in the way of his 500th is world no. 15, Kevin Anderson. Should Murray win the fourth round of the Miami Open this afternoon, he will become the 46th man in the Open era and the 9th active player to achieve this astonishing feat.
Though he is still some way behind Roger Federer’s 1,012 career wins, one needs only to look at some of Murray’s impressive stats since his professional career began in April of 2005 with a wild card entry into the Barcelona Open. After losing in three sets to Jan Hernych, Andy Murray was given a wild card entry into Queen’s and later into Wimbledon.
Tomorrow will mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the Scot’s professional career, and since then he has been on court for an impressive 55,642 minutes, during which time he has served 3,404 aces, on his way to winning 1,138 sets. Of these wins, Murray cites many of his earlier victories as his most important ones, such as his first win at Queen’s in 2005, commenting, “It may seem irrelevant now, but at the time, for me, it was huge”. Modesty is obviously a prominent aspect of Andy Murray’s character, as his victory at Wimbledon in 2013 is not mentioned unless he is asked about it directly.
In the Ladies’ tournament, Venus Williams last night progressed through to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Caroline Wozniacki, suggesting afterwards that she may end her 14-year boycott of the WTA event in Indian Wells, after a late withdrawal in the semi-final of the 2001 championship led to a hostile reception for her sister Serena in the final.
Author Daniel Foster.
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