It’s safe to say current World No. 2 Andy Murray has had one incredible year. In a breakthrough 12-month stretch, the Scottish powerhouse counter-puncher has won Olympic gold, claimed the 2012 U.S. Open, and inspired an entire nation after winning Wimbledon (the first time a British man has taken home the top trophy in 77 years). Naturally this is sure to give him major confidence once he hits the hard courts at Flushing Meadows.
“The last year for me, most importantly, it has changed my perception of myself,” says Murray, 26. “When you lose a lot of big matches, even when being successful in other tournaments, and you’re still getting asked why you’re not winning the big matches, it makes you feel a bit like a loser. When I’m in those positions in the future, I should have a bit more confidence, and hopefully that’ll help me.”
Unfortunately, Murray did not continue his hot streak in Flushing Meadows. He lost to Stanislas Wawrinka on September 5.
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