Friday, January 28, 2011

Australian Open: The Wait Of A Nation

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World No. 5 Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open Final.

He did so by disposing of No. 7 David Ferrer, 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, 7-6, in their Semifinals match in Melbourne. And now Murray has a monumental date in the Final with No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia for all the marbles.

Murray is looking to capture his first-ever Grand Slam title but probably more importantly to end Great Britain's long and exhausting title-less drought. It has been 75 years since a British player has won a major title, way, way back in 1936 when Fred Perry won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Murray is one win away from history and becoming the most revered man in Great Britain.

So step aside Prince William, if Murray captures this title, all the brouhaha surrounding your wedding will have to take a back seat for a few days.

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Here's a list of the FEW British player's who have made the Final of a Grand Slam event since Fred Perry in 1936, but came up short:

1. Bunny Austin - Lost 1937 French Open Final.
2. Bunny Austin - Lost 1938 Wimbledon Final.
3. John Lloyd - Lost 1977 Australian Open Final.
4. Greg Rusedski - Lost 1997 U.S. Open Final.
5. Andy Murray - Lost 2008 U. S. Open Final.
6. Andy Murray - Lost 2010 Australian Open Final.
7. Andy Murray - 2011 Australian Open Final (????)

Note: Prior to Murray, Tim Henman was England's most popular and highest ranked player (No. 4 in 2002) in recent times. Henman, however, never advanced past the Semifinals of any Grand Slam event. He reached the French Open semis once, Wimbledon semis four times and U.S. Open semis once but always came up short.

So does Murray have the WAIT and the WEIGHT of an entire nation on his shoulders? You betcha!

Good luck, Andy!

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