A resur­gent Mur­ray hopes to make his­tory

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I t’s the last week in June, so that can mean only one thing – that’s right, the start of Wim­ble­don 2013 (Mon­day, BBC2, 5.15pm). It’s also, of course, the time when ten­nis fans eat co­pi­ous amounts of straw­ber­ries and cream while en­dur­ing un­sea­son­ably bad weather and do­ing lots of cheer­ing on Hen­man Hill, just as the light be­gins to fail... Once again, Brits every­where will be keep­ing their fin­gers crossed that we’ll be cel­e­brat­ing the first home-grown win­ner of the men’s tour­na­ment since Fred Perry lifted the fa­mous tro­phy for the third and fi­nal time in 1936. Andy Mur­ray has as good a chance as any­body of be­ing crowned cham­pion this year, hav­ing come so close in 2012. How­ever, he isn’t the kind of char­ac­ter to let the hopes of a na­tion weigh too heav­ily on his mus­cu­lar shoul­ders. In the past he’s been de­scribed as dour and even bad-tem­pered; but the emo­tional speech he made af­ter los­ing to Roger Fed­erer in four nail-bit­ing sets helped to im­prove his im­age, as well as win over a new set of fans. Hav­ing won a Grand Slam (the 2012 US Open) and the gold medal in the men’s sin­gles at the Olympics, he now knows what it takes to tri­umph in ma­jor cham­pi­onships – which means he’s bet­ter equipped to go one step fur­ther this time around.

it One man who knows a lot lot about about car­ry­ing the the ex­pec­ta­tion ex­pec­ta­tion of of an an en­tire en­tire coun­try is is Tim Hen­man, who claims he didn’t didn’t re­ally re­ally mind mind the pres­sure. “I “I never had a prob­lem with with it it be­cause I I never re­ally re­ally felt felt like like there was any pres­sure,” pres­sure,” says says Tiger Tim. “My at­ti­tude at­ti­tude was that that it it had been my dream to to play play at at Wim­ble­don on Cen­tre Cen­tre Court. Court. I I played a lot lot of of my best best ten­nis ten­nis and and got a lot lot of of my best best re­sults re­sults out out there. there. “At the end of of the the day day it’s it’s slightly slightly self­ish, but but I I was go­ing go­ing on on the the court to to play play for for my­self, my­self, I wasn’t I wasn’t play­ing play­ing for for any­body any­body else else and and I I think think that’s that’s the the right right ap­proach ap­proach to to have. have. I look I look at at the the way way that that Mur­ray’s Mur­ray’s played played and and I think I think he he has has a a sim­i­lar sim­i­lar at­ti­tude at­ti­tude be­cause be­cause he’s he’s also also played played some some of of his his best best ten­nis ten­nis there.” there.” Hen­man Hen­man also also can’t can’t wait wait for for this this year’s year’s tour­na­ment, tour­na­ment, dur­ing dur­ing which which he’ll he’ll be be part part of of the the BBC’s BBC’s com­men­tary com­men­tary team team once once again. again. Can Can Mur­ray Mur­ray do do it? it? Let’s Let’s hope hope so. so. But But even even if he if he doesn’t, doesn’t, we’re we’re still still promised promised a a two-week two-week feast feast of of ten­nis, ten­nis, courtesy courtesy of of Tim Tim and and his his col­leagues col­leagues Sue Sue Barker, Barker, John John McEn­roe, McEn­roe, Boris Boris Becker, Becker, Tracy Tracy Austin, Austin, Lind­say Lind­say Daven­port, Daven­port, Vir­ginia Vir­ginia Wade, Wade, Pat Pat Cash, Cash, Martina Martina Navratilov­a Navratilov­a and and Anne Anne Keothavong. Keothavong.

Aces Aces high high Andy Andy Mur­ray Mur­ray will will hope hope to to go go one one bet­ter bet­ter this this year year

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