After reaching a fourth consecutive Wimbledon semifinal behind a four-set win over David Ferrer, British favorite Andy Murray compared his plight to that of the NBA’s LeBron James on Wednesday.
James has and continued to be under immense scrutiny for his actions and persona in the U.S. And until he finally earned his first NBA title last month public perception was the Miami Heat star would never win. But he then proved the critics wrong.
Murray, who has come up just short in three Grand Slam finals, takes inspiration from James.
“He obviously is a great basketball player,” Murray said about LeBron. “He came very close to winning quite a lot of times. Yeah, I don’t need to go into the whole background of his whole story, but him winning this year for him I’m sure was massive. For me as a basketball fan it was nice to see.
“I would say for me I guess it’s a similar situation. I’ve been close a lot of times and not quite made it. You know, just have to keep putting myself in the position, and hopefully it will click.
“There’s a lot of people out there that didn’t want him to win. There’s a lot of people that said he would never win. There’s a lot of people who said he never played his best in finals. In the fourth quarter of games he never steps up.”
Murray will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday in the Wimbledon semifinals. The 25-year-old has never reached the Wimbledon final, but he’s twice finished runner-up at the Australian Open in addition to a final appearance at the US Open.
Murray is trying to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
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