Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skill and Spirit Not Enough for Murray; Seven-Times Champion Defeats Andy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skill and Spirit Not Enough for Murray; Seven-Times Champion Defeats Andy

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Byline: Ellen Branagh ; James Edgar

ANDY Murray will have to wait another year to challenge for the crown of Wimbledon champion.

For the last four SW19 tournaments the Scot has been Britain's best hope for a homegrown winner, but 2012 was not to be his year.

The 25-year-old was the first British man to reach a final for 74 years, and he showed spirit, skill and style on Centre Court.

After flying out of the blocks and taking the first set, Murray was overpowered by Roger Federer, who took the next three to win the match and his seventh Wimbledon singles title.

But it was an unusual show of emotion that is likely to secure his place in the hearts of the British public.

Often criticised for an apparent lack of emotion, the Scot broke down during his post-match interview.

"I'm going to try this and it's not going to be easy," he said, his voice cracking after taking the microphone from presenter Sue Barker.

He congratulated his opponent before talking about "Team Murray".

"I'm going to try and not look at them because I'll probably start crying again but everyone who is in that corner over there, who has supported me, we did a great job, so thank you.

"And last of all to you guys," he said tearfully to the crowd.

Just reaching the final may have seemed like a dream for the boy from Dunblane.

Born in the Scottish town in 1987, he was spotted by junior coach Leon Smith at the age of five, who described him as "unbelievably competitive" when he first saw him wield a tennis racket in 1993. Some have questioned where his quiet steeliness may have come from.

At the age of eight, he witnessed the Dunblane massacre, when Thomas Hamilton killed 17 people, mostly children, at the local primary school before turning a gun on himself.

Murray has always been reluctant to talk about the ordeal but, in his autobiography Hitting Back, describes attending a youth group run by Hamilton and the fact his mother Judy used to give him lifts in her car.

His parents separated when he was nine, when he and brother Jamie went to live with their father Will.

As a youngster, Jamie was rated the second-best junior player in the world and beating him became Andy's greatest motivation. …

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