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And Sharapova insists he is one of few. When reminded about her doubles history with the Scot, Sharapova's memory was foggy. Clearly it wasn't that memorable," she said with a smile. Like, let's not waste our time'. Andy Murray. The victory was Murray's first doubles title and the second time he had reached a final with his brother. They battled for over three hours, before Murray fell to the Spaniard in a final-set tie-breaker, bringing an end to his season. Murray and Laura Robson lost in the round-robin stage Hopman Cup , losing all three ties even though Murray won all of his singles matches.

Then Murray, along with other stars such as Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, participated in the Rally for Relief event to help raise money for the flood victims in Queensland.

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Seeded fifth in the Australian Open , Murray met former champion Novak Djokovic in the final and was defeated in straight sets. In Rotterdam , he was defeated by Marcos Baghdatis in the first round. Murray easily won the small class Thailand Open , and the following week he won his third title in four tournaments at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. His opponent in the final was Rafael Nadal, whom he beat for the first time in the year in three sets. Murray then won the doubles with his brother Jamie Murray, becoming the first person in the season to capture both singles and doubles titles at the same tournament.

Murray then successfully defended his Shanghai Masters crown with a straight-sets victory over David Ferrer in the final. Murray ended the year as No. With Ivan Lendl as his new full-time coach, [] Murray began the season by playing in the Brisbane International. He overcame a slow start in his first two matches to win his 22nd title by beating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final.

Murray lost in the opening round of the Queen's Club Championships to No. Murray next competed at the London Summer Olympics in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. They made it all the way to the finals where they lost to the Belarusian top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in three sets, settling for the silver medal. In singles, Murray lost only one set on his way to the finals where he met Federer, defeating him in straight sets, for the loss of just 7 games. He next competed in the final major of the season at the US Open.

Murray defeated Djokovic in five sets, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam final since Fred Perry in , [] and the first Scottish-born player to win a Grand Slam final since Harold Mahony in The victory made Murray part of the " Big Four " according to many pundits and contemporaries, including Novak Djokovic. In his first tournament after the US Open, Murray reached the semi-finals of the Rakuten Japan Open after entering as defending champion. He was beaten by Milos Raonic in a close three-set match. He was defending champion in the doubles with his brother Jamie.

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At the penultimate Masters tournament of the year in Shanghai, after receiving a bye into round two, Murray's first match was due to be played against Florian Mayer. However, Mayer had to pull out due to injury, giving Murray a walkover into round three. Murray next faced Roger Federer in the semi-finals, whom he defeated in straight sets to set up a second consecutive final against Djokovic, and his third consecutive Shanghai final.

After failing to capitalise on five match points, Murray eventually lost in three sets, bringing to an end his 12—0 winning streak at the competition. This was the first time Murray had finished the year higher than No. Murray began his season by retaining his Brisbane International title, defeating Grigor Dimitrov in the final in straight sets. After exchanging sets, Murray eventually prevailed in 5 sets, recording his first Grand Slam tournament triumph over Federer. With this victory, each member of the ATP's most dominant quartet of the previous four years Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray had beaten the other three at the Majors.

After taking the first set in a tiebreak, Murray was eventually defeated in four sets. After losing the first set, and facing match point in the decider at 5—6, Murray eventually took the match in a third-set tiebreaker to win his second Miami Masters title, and leapfrog Roger Federer into second place in the rankings, ending a near-decade long time period in which neither Federer nor Rafael Nadal were ranked in the top two.

At the Rome Masters , Murray retired due to a hip injury during his second round match against Marcel Granollers on his 26th birthday. Murray had just battled back to tie the match at one set all after winning the second set on a tiebreak. This left Murray with only eleven days to be fit for the start of the French Open. Speaking at a press conference after the match, Murray said, "As it is, I'd be very surprised if I was playing in Paris. I need to make a plan as to what I do. I'll chat with the guys tonight and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on Paris after the next five days.

After a rain delayed first day, Murray had to complete his second round match against Nicolas Mahut, and his subsequent match against Marinko Matosevic on the same day, both of which he won in straight sets. Going into Wimbledon, Murray had not lost a match on grass since the previous year's final, and was on a winning streak of 11 matches on grass. In the first two rounds, Murray faced Benjamin Becker [] and Yen-hsun Lu [] respectively, defeating both in straight sets. His third round match was against 32nd seed Tommy Robredo , and despite a tour comeback over the past year, Murray overcame the Spaniard in straight sets to set up a clash with Mikhail Youzhny , the highest seed left in Murray's half following the unexpectedly early exits of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

For the seventh time in his career, Murray had to come back from a deficit of two sets to ultimately come through in five, [] setting up a semi-final clash with 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz , the Polish player who beat Murray in their previous encounter. After Murray failed to break Janowicz's serve, the Pole took the opening set in the tiebreak, following a double fault from Murray. However Murray managed to up his level of play, and won the next three sets, making it through to his second consecutive Wimbledon final, and third consecutive major final against Novak Djokovic.

Despite the Serb being the favourite to win the title throughout the Championships, Murray overcame Djokovic in a straight sets match that lasted over three hours, to become the first British winner of the men's singles title since Fred Perry in , the first Scot of either sex to win a Wimbledon singles title since Harold Mahony in , and to extend his winning streak on grass to 18 matches. He backed this up with wins over Leonardo Mayer , Florian Mayer and Denis Istomin to reach the quarter-finals at a major for the 11th straight tournament. In the last 8, Murray faced Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, but lost in straight sets, ending Murray's streak of four consecutive major finals.

Murray then sealed Britain's return to the World Group by defeating Dodig in straight sets.

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Following the Davis Cup, Murray's season was cut short by his decision to undergo surgery, in order to sort out the lower back problems that had caused him problems since the early stages of the previous season. After being forced to withdraw from the French Open in May, the injury flared up again during the US Open and later during the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs, Murray made the decision that surgery was the best way to sort the problem out for the long-term. Murray started his season at the Qatar Open in Doha.

In the first round, he defeated Mousa Shanan Zayed in straight sets in 37 minutes without dropping a single game, but was defeated in three sets by No. He next headed to Melbourne for the Australian Open , where he drew the No. Despite worries that he was not match-fit, Murray got off to a strong start, dispatching the Japanese number 2 in under 90 minutes, losing just 5 games in the process. In the fourth round, Murray dropped his first set of the tournament on his way to beating Stephane Robert in four sets to set up a meeting with long-standing rival Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

Despite saving two match points to take the third set, he ultimately went out in four, ending his streak of four consecutive Australian Open semi-finals. Murray won both of his ties against Donald Young and Sam Querrey respectively, helping Britain to their first Davis Cup quarter-final since His following competition, the Mexican Open in Acapulco, ended in a semi-final defeat by Grigor Dimitrov in a thrilling three-setter that required two tiebreakers to decide the final two sets.

Murray offered to play with Wimbledon Doubles champion Jonathan Marray , because Marray was unable to convince anyone to join him on court. In March, Murray split with coach Ivan Lendl, who had been widely praised for helping Murray achieve his goal of winning Grand Slam titles. Murray had only beaten one top ten player on clay, Nikolay Davydenko, back in , and so in his final singles match, was stunned by Fabio Fognini in straight sets, which took Great Britain to the deciding final rubber.

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Murray next competed at the Madrid Open and following his opening win, over Nicolas Almagro, he dedicated the victory to former player Elena Baltacha. Murray then reached the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters where he lost to No. This was the first time Murray had ever gone beyond 7—5 in a deciding set. However, he subsequently lost to Nadal in straight sets, winning only 6 games in the match. After strong grass court seasons in and , Murray was seeded third for the Wimbledon Championship, behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who were seeded first and second respectively.

Murray's defence then came to a halt as Grigor Dimitrov ended his 17 match winning-streak on the grass of Wimbledon this includes the Olympics with a straight sets win, meaning Murray failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time since As a consequence Murray fell outside of the top 10 ranking places for the first time since June Murray took a wildcard into the inaugural Shenzhen Open in China, entering as the number 2 seed. In the final he faced Tommy Robredo of Spain, the second final between the two. After saving five championship points in the second set tie break, Murray went on to win the title in three sets, Robredo's drop in fitness ultimately proving decisive.

He reached the final, where he once again faced Ferrer, and triumphed in three sets for his second title of the season, and the 30th of his career. Following the conclusion of the season, Murray mutually agreed a split with long-term backroom staff, training partner Dani Vallverdu and fitness coach Jez Green. They had been with him for five and seven years respectively but were both reported to have been unhappy at the lack of consultation they had been given about the appointment of Mauresmo. Murray began his year by winning an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

His first competitive tournament of the year was the Australian Open. He won his opening three matches in straight sets before defeating 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-final. Murray next participated in the Rotterdam Open as the top seed, but he lost in the quarter-finals to Gilles Simon who ended a 12 match losing streak against Murray. He won both his matches against Donald Young and John Isner , allowing Great Britain to progress to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive time with a 3—2 lead over the United States.

Murray then reached the semi-finals of the Indian Wells , overtaking Tim Henman 's record of career wins to have the most career wins for a British man in the Open Era. He defeated German Philipp Kohlschreiber in three close sets to become the first Briton since Buster Mottram in to win a tour level clay court event. The win was Murray's first over Nadal, Federer or Djokovic since Wimbledon , and his first over Nadal on a clay court. Murray continued his winning streak at the Italian Open , beating Jeremy Chardy in straight sets in his opening match, but then withdrew due to fatigue after having played nine matches in the space of 10 days.

Murray then reached his third semi-final at the French Open , but lost to Djokovic in five sets after threatening a comeback from two sets to love down, ending his 15 match winning streak on clay. To start his grass court campaign, Murray went on to win a record tying fourth Queen's Club title, defeating the big serving South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets in the final. Murray lost to the Swiss veteran in straight sets, gaining only one break point in the entire match. Murray then teamed up with his brother Jamie to win the doubles rubber, coming back from a set down to defeat Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut in four sets, giving Britain a crucial 2—1 lead going into the final day.

He then faced Simon in the fourth rubber and after initially being a set and a break down, he suddenly found his form again towards the end of the second set and eventually won in four sets, winning 12 of the last 15 games in the process with Simon struggling from an ankle injury. With a 3—1 lead over France, this resulted in Great Britain reaching their first Davis Cup semi-final since Murray next participated at the Citi Open for the first time since , as the top seed and favourite to win the tournament.

However, he suffered a defeat in his first match, losing to No. In doubles, he partnered Daniel Nestor , however they lost in the first round to the fourth seeds, Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea , also in three sets. He bounced back from this defeat by winning the Montreal Masters Rogers Cup , defeating Tsonga and Nishikori in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. He then prevailed in the final against Djokovic in three sets.

This broke his eight-match, two-year losing streak against Djokovic his last win against him being in the final of Wimbledon in In winning the title he also surpassed Federer in terms of ranking, becoming the world No. In doubles, he partnered Leander Paes and they won their first match against Chardy and Anderson, but were then defeated by Murray's brother Jamie and John Peers in two sets — the first time the Murray brothers had competed against each other in a Tour-level match, a situation which Andy described as "awkward" and Jamie as "a bit weird".

In the second Master Series tournament of the US Hard Court season, the Cincinnati Masters , Murray defeated veteran Mardy Fish in the second round, and then beat both Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet in three-set matches, having to come from a set down on both occasions, while Dimitrov had served for the match in the deciding set. In the semi-final, he lost to defending champion Roger Federer in straight sets, and after Federer went on to win the tournament, this result saw Murray return to the No.

At the US Open, Murray beat Nick Kyrgios in four sets before beating Adrian Mannarino in five sets after being two sets down, equaling Federer for winning eight matches from two sets to love down. He then beat Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets but suffered a defeat in the fourth round to Kevin Anderson in four sets.

This ended Murray's five-year run of 18 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals not counting his withdrawal from the French Open since his third round loss to Stan Wawrinka in the US Open. After a three set win over Richard Gasquet, he joined Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the only players to reach the semi-finals or better at all nine of the ATP World Tour Masters tournaments, and also ensured that he compiled his best match record in a single season. As the world No. He went out in the round-robin stage, after defeating Ferrer and losing to Nadal and Wawrinka. In the Davis Cup final, Murray's victory over Ruben Bemelmans in straight sets pulled Great Britain level in the final after Kyle Edmund had lost the first singles rubber in five sets, played on indoor clay courts at Ghent.

He then partnered his brother Jamie in a four-set victory over the pairing of Steve Darcis and David Goffin, before defeating Goffin again in the reverse singles on Sunday, thus ensuring a 3—1 victory for Great Britain, their first Davis Cup title since and their tenth overall. Murray began his season by playing in the Hopman Cup , pairing up with Heather Watson again.

However, they finished second in their group after losing their tie to eventual champions Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova from Australia. Murray played his first competitive tournament of at the Australian Open where he was aiming to win his first title there after four runner-up finishes. However, in a rematch of the previous year final, he was unable to win his first title as he lost in the final to an in-form Novak Djokovic who won a record-equalling sixth title in straight sets.

Subsequently, in February, Murray appointed Jamie Delgado as an assistant coach. Murray then competed at the first Masters of the year at the Indian Wells Masters. He defeated Marcel Granollers in the second round in straight sets but had an early loss to Federico Delbonis in the third round. Murray then played at the Miami Open as the 2nd seed.

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He defeated Denis Istomin in the second round in straight sets but had another early loss, to 26th seed Grigor Dimitrov , despite taking the first set. Murray began his clay court season at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters as the 2nd seed. Murray struggled in his second round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert but Murray came through in 3 sets. Paire also served for the match in the third set but Murray still came through in 3 sets. Murray then defeated 10th seed Milos Raonic in straight sets in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals Murray lost to 5th seed and eventual champion Rafael Nadal despite winning the first set.

Murray then played at the Mutua Madrid Open as the 2nd seed and the defending champion. In the semi-finals Murray defeated Nadal in straight sets who Murray had lost to earlier in the year. In the final Murray lost to number 1 seed Novak Djokovic in three sets. Shortly afterwards Mauresmo and Murray issued a joint statement announcing that they had "mutually agreed" to end their coaching partnership.

Murray regained his number two ranking after he won the Internazionali BNL d'Italia for his 1st title of the season and 36th overall. This was his first win over Djokovic on clay and became the first British player since Virginia Wade in to win the title and the first British man since George Patrick Hughes in Murray defeated Wawrinka in four sets to become the first male British player since Bunny Austin in , to reach a French Open final. In June , Ivan Lendl agreed to return to his former role as Murray's coach.

Murray defeated Nicolas Mahut in straight sets despite facing a set point in the first set and three set points in the second set. He then had three set wins over Kyle Edmund, another countryman, and No. In the final he was down a set and a break to 3rd seed Milos Raonic. Murray still managed to come back and win a record 5th Queen's Club Championships and it was also his 2nd title in Murray then played at the third major of the year at the Wimbledon Championships as the 2nd seed.

In the final on 10 July, Murray defeated Raonic in straight sets to win his second Wimbledon title and third Major title overall. Murray next played at the Rio Olympic Games. However his run came to an end when he lost to sixth seed Kei Nishikori in five sets despite holding a two sets to one lead. His next activity was the Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow against Argentina. This marked his 6th title of and drew him even with former No.

Murray brought his win streak to 15 consecutive match wins by winning the Erste Bank Open for his seventh tour title of the season. His tournament started slowly with three-set wins over Martin Klizan and Gilles Simon in the first two rounds.

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However, a decisive win over John Isner in the quarter-final and a walkover due to David Ferrer's withdrawal with a leg injury saw Murray reach the final. Murray entered the Paris Masters knowing that in the event of Djokovic not reaching the final, winning the title would be enough to see him crowned world No.

After reaching the quarter-finals, courtesy of wins over Fernando Verdasco and Lucas Pouille , Murray faced Berdych for a place in the semi-finals, winning in straight sets. Meanwhile, Djokovic lost to Marin Cilic , meaning that Murray would replace Djokovic at the top of the rankings should he reach the final. He was due to face Milos Raonic in the semi-finals. However, Raonic withdrew prior to the start of the match, giving Murray a walkover. As a result, Murray became the first British man to reach No. Murray was knighted in the New Year Honours for services to tennis and charity.

There he won his only tournament of the year, beating Fernando Verdasco in straight sets, [] despite almost losing in the quarter-finals to Philipp Kohlschreiber where Murray had to save seven match points. After missing a month due to an elbow injury, Murray returned to compete in the Monte-Carlo Masters in April, losing out in the third round to Albert Ramos-Vinolas. As the five-time champion at Queens, Murray pledged his prize money to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire , [] however he was defeated in straight sets by Jordan Thompson in the first round.

Murray missed the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Masters due to his hip injury, which led to him losing his No. Murray withdrew from the Brisbane International and Australian Open due to hip injury. He added that hip surgery was also an option but that the chances of a successful outcome were not as high.

In March, Murray lost his British No. He subsequently lost to Nick Kyrgios in the first round in three sets. He then entered the Washington Open , where he won his first round match against Mackenzie McDonald in three sets. His next match, a dramatic three-set victory over Marius Copil in the third round, lasted until just past AM local time; Murray wept after the conclusion of the match, overcome with emotion. He then withdrew from the tournament and the Canadian Open the following week to continue his recovery and to focus on the Cincinnati Masters for which he was awarded a wildcard.

He eventually lost in the first round to France's Lucas Pouille in three sets. Murray then withdrew from Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan in Glasgow to continue his rehabilitation from his injury. He entered the Shenzhen Open at a wildcard. He advanced to the second round after Zhizhen Zhang retired in the third set of the first round. Murray travelled to Brisbane early in order to better prepare for the Brisbane International. On 11 January , at a press conference just prior to the Australian Open , an emotional Murray announced that he would retire from professional tennis due to struggling physically for a "long time", particularly with his hip injury.

He said that he had been suffering with hip pain on a daily basis, and that it caused him to struggle with tasks like putting his shoes and socks on. Murray entered the singles of the Australian Open, however lost his opening match against 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in a four hour, 5 set epic. At its conclusion, a video montage of tributes featuring other top players Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Sloane Stephens and Caroline Wozniacki played in deference to his impending retirement.

Bob Bryan urged Murray to have the " Birmingham hip BHR " operation he underwent in August , involving a cobalt-chrome metal cap being placed over the femur with a matching metal cup in the acetabulum and is a conservative bone saving alternative to a traditional Total Hip Replacement. Bryan informed Murray that the BHR would improve his quality of life and may help him return to the professional tennis tour.

Murray said that any potential Wimbledon return would be dependent on how his hip felt, and that he would not rush his comeback and may test his condition by playing doubles. On 16 May , Murray received his knighthood from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace , two years after he was awarded the honour. Murray returned to the professional tennis circuit in June, entering the doubles competition of the Queen's Club Championships alongside Feliciano Lopez.

Novak Djokovic and Murray have met 36 times with Djokovic leading 25— The two are almost exactly the same age, with Murray being only a week older than Djokovic. They went to training camp together, and Murray won the first match they ever played as teenagers. The pair have met 19 times in finals, with Djokovic leading 11—8. Djokovic has won in Australia four times and their single French open final, Murray emerged as the victor at the US Open and Wimbledon.

The former of Murray's victories was the longest ever final at the US Open , tying with the final played between Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander at 4 hours and 53 minutes, while the latter was notable for being the first home triumph in men's singles at Wimbledon since They also played a nearly five-hour long semi-final match in the Australian Open , which Djokovic won 7—5 in the fifth set after Murray led 2 sets to 1. Murray and Djokovic met again in at the London Olympic Games , with Murray winning in straight sets. During the final of the Shanghai Masters , Murray held five championship points in the second set, however Djokovic saved each of them, forcing a deciding set.

He eventually prevailed to win his first Shanghai Masters title, ending Murray's 12—0 winning streak at the event. In , Murray suffered his 4th loss his 5th total in the final of the Australian Open from Djokovic, then the Serbian defeated the British player in four sets in the Roland Garros final, where Djokovic won his first Roland Garros title and completed the Career Grand Slam. Murray and Roger Federer have met 25 times with Federer leading 14— Federer leads 12—10 on hard courts, 2—1 on grass, and they have never met on clay.

After Federer won the first professional match they played, Murray dominated the first half of the rivalry, winning 8 of their first 13 matches from until The second half of the rivalry has been dominated by Federer, who since won 9 of their last 12 matches from , and has led their rivalry since the ATP World Tour Finals. Murray leads 6—3 in ATP tournaments and 2—0 in finals. Murray defeated Federer in straight sets to win the gold medal, denying Federer a Career Golden Slam. In Murray beat Federer for the first time in a Major in the semi-finals of the Australian Open , prevailing in five sets after Federer had come back twice from a set down.

Murray is one of only three players to have recorded 10 or more victories over Federer, the other two being Nadal and Djokovic. Their most recent meeting took place at the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals, with Federer winning the match in two close sets, recording his fifth consecutive victory over Murray.


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Murray has played against Rafael Nadal on 24 occasions since , with Nadal leading 17—7. Nadal leads 7—2 on clay, 3—0 on grass and 7—5 on hard courts. The pair regularly meet at Grand Slam level, with nine out of their twenty-four meetings coming in slams, with Nadal leading 7—2 3—0 at Wimbledon , 2—0 at the French Open , 1—1 at the Australian Open and 1—1 at the US Open.

They have never met in a Slam final, however, Murray leads 3—1 in ATP finals, with Nadal winning at Indian Wells in [] and Murray winning in Rotterdam the same year, [] Tokyo [] in , and at Madrid in The pair had not met for three years since the final of the Japan Open until the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters , although they were scheduled to meet in the semi-final of the Miami Masters before Nadal withdrew with injury. In one of their most recent meetings, Murray beat Nadal for the first time on clay, [] and the first time in a Masters final, [ citation needed ] at the Madrid Open in Murray fell to Nadal in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters , despite taking the first set.

Murray and Stan Wawrinka have played 19 times with Murray leading 11—8. Murray leads 7—4 on hard courts and 3—0 on grass courts while Wawrinka leads 4—1 on clay courts. They have also met six times in Grand Slam tournaments with each player winning three matches. Murray won the Canada Open and Shanghai Masters. While Murray has led the majority of the rivalry, Wawrinka won their first two matches and beat Murray three consecutive times between and , winning all of them in straight sets, until Murray ended the losing streak at the French Open , beating the defending champion Wawrinka in four sets to reach his first ever French Open final and become the first British man to do so since Their most recent match was played in the first round of the Eastbourne International , which Murray won in straight sets.

Due to this match-up and since both players each have three Grand Slam titles, Wawrinka has been identified by some, including Djokovic, as a potential contender to turn the Big Four tennis quartet into a "Big Five", although Wawrinka himself has downplayed those suggestions, stating that he is still far behind them. Murray plays an all-court game with an emphasis on defensive baseline play, and in professional tennis coach Paul Annacone stated that Murray "may be the best counterpuncher on tour today.

Murray also has one of the best two-handed backhands on the tour, with dynamic stroke execution [] while he primarily uses his forehand, which is more passive, and a sliced backhand to let opponents play into his defensive game before playing more offensively. He is capable of injecting sudden pace into his groundstrokes to surprise his opponents who are used to the slow rally.

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