Underappreciated Murray Always His Own Man

Underappreciated Murray Always His Own Man

Only the culmination of one more incredible journey could properly cap Britain’s greatest summer of sport, days of unforgettable bliss that saw a nation swoon over fairy tales as unlikely as a kid riding from a London council estate into Tour de France legend and a cheeky tearaway coming out of Africa to become our greatest runner.

It was always going to take something special to follow the golden exploits of Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah et al, and somehow it felt just perfect that the last chapter in these days of wonder should be written by a small-town Scot who survived one of Britain’s most unspeakable horror stories and has now made history in the world’s biggest tennis arena.

What an inspiring, indomitable journey it has been for Andy Murray, the boy from Dunblane who tried, tried and tried again. On Monday night in New York he did what no British man had done in 76 years, lifting the US Open trophy in the Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows and breaching what felt like the final frontier of British sport.

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