Andy Murray: This Has Been The Best Season Of My Career By A Mile
by Tom Gainey | November 12th, 2012, 10:07 am

It’s wasn’t the best of finishes but Andy Murray is still very proud of his 2012 season. Murray, who fell to Roger Federer 76, 62 in the semifinal of the ATP Finals yesterday, still enjoyed his best season by far winning his first Grand Slam title and an Olympic gold at the London Olympic games.

“It was an incredibly positive year,” Murray said in his final presser of 2012. “I would have liked to have finished, obviously, with a win. But, yeah, that didn’t happen. But for me, it’s been the best year of my career by a mile. So why I would look back on that negatively now would be silly because I’ve achieved things I’ve never achieved before. I have to look back on it positively. If I don’t, then that would be worrying.”

Murray began the year under the guidance of new coach Ivan Lendl, and the partnership paid off immediately as the Scot claimed the opening title in Brisbane. But that would be Murray’s last victory until the summer when just as the the anti-Lendl sentiment was building Murray reached the Wimbledon final then won the Olympics and later added the US Open.

“He’s obviously helped me a lot,” Murray said of Lendl. “There’s been a lot of decisions made, off‑the‑court decisions that are very important to your career, also decisions when you’re out there playing matches, as well. Moving over to Spain when I was younger was a very hard decision to make, and that would be up there with this one. You know, but since I’ve maybe been on the tour, I think it was a step that I needed to take and was very important to me and helped me get over that final hurdle.”

Murray will begin his 2013 year by playing the Abu Dhabi exhibition.

“I was coming back for Christmas this year,” said Murray who trains in Miami. “So I was going to go over to Australia that way. It’s a good way to start the year. You’re practicing against the best players in the world. The guys that have played there the last few years have gone on to be very successful in Australia, as well. So I think before you start playing tournaments, it just gives you a little bit of extra sharpness because you’re playing against the best players. That’s why I’m doing it.”

After four straight years finishing No. 4, Murray will end 2012 as the No. 3 ranked player in the world.

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22 Comments for Andy Murray: This Has Been The Best Season Of My Career By A Mile

RZ Says:

I hope Murray can keep it going. His Olympics win following his heartbreaking Wimbledon loss was easily the best storyline of the year on the men’s side.

subo Says:

still no nadal no story from the press nadal is receiving a silent dopin banned from the itf it happen at wimbledon can you say cover up

the DA Says:

@ RZ – agreed. The summer in particular was the standout period. To beat Nole and Roger back-to-back (in straight sets) and win gold in front of a home crowd was magical enough, but following that by winning a first Slam provided a glorious coda to the storyline.

Also noteworthy, he broke three long-standing records: first British man to reach the Wimby final in 74 years, first British Tennis Gold medalist in over 100 years and first British man to win a slam in 76 years. He also created a new one, only man to win the Olympic Gold and the US Open back-to-back.

He overcame many of his inner demons and silenced the detractors and cynics (albeit briefly). Long may he keep it going. Tennis in 2012 became even more compelling with an improved Murray. With Rafa returning in 2013 I can scarcely wait to see what unfolds.

Brando Says:

He’s heading in the right direction as far as his game is concerned for sure.

Just WISH that he is able to cut out the mental lapses that he has during matches- as I feel that costs him matches that he could, potentially, win.

rogerafa Says:

“when just as the the anti-Lendl sentiment was building”

Was it? I can not recall any such sentiment.

jane Says:

Andy should indeed be very very proud of his year. He had a fabulous late summer and reached what was no doubt a key objective of his and Lendl’s: winning that first slam. He’s maybe been less consistent at non-slam events this year, as he didn’t win a masters for (I think?) the first time since 2008, but he has had his best results at the slams, he reached the semis of WTF and of course he won GOLD (and silver) and the Olympics! The heights he reached were great and his holidays are well deserved!! Good on him!

grendel Says:

re jane’s Guardian link: yes, good article by Kevin Mitchell, although if Colin reads it, I daresay he will notice Mitchell’s annoying confusion of “childlike” (sort of good) for “childish” (sort of bad).

“Small sections of the capacity crowd in the city where he lives – and not just those enamoured of Federer – had behaved poorly. They cheered his minor sins, heckled him mid-serve at one point, whistled and booed when he changed his racket and generally reserved their love for the Swiss.” I think you get a different sort of crowd at the O2 to Wimbledon, much more cosmopolitan. I have no evidence for this, just a feeling. But if true, this will explain that unpleasant jeering – which Murray handled gracefully, I thought.

re the training camp in Miami (in another thread, I mistakenly located it in California) Margot, if she is reading, might like to know that Murray invited a young British tennis hopeful Ollie Golding, in whom she has expressed interest (I believe she likes the gap in his teeth)to join him there, for the experience – a generous gesture. Margot hasn’t appeared on this site since she was gratuitously attacked by some poster who imagined he was being witty, instead of just being unpleasant.

jane Says:

grendel, I think margot posted that she was going to the O2 for the weekend? But yeah, I hope she comes back and posts some more soon.

Brando Says:

‘But yeah, I hope she comes back and posts some more soon.’


racquet Says:

@ jane

You (or Giles) beat me with posting that Jon Wertheim article. It’s great. And yes, Margot please come back soon.

Michael Says:

Certainly 2012 has been a breakthrough year for Andy when he achieved what he was all along yearning for and the whole Britain was waiting with bated breath. He also added it up with a Olympic Gold medal vanquishing the GREATEST player of the All India Lawn Club. But the best match he played according to me was in Shanghai when he almost won against Novak. It was a pulsating final when the two players produced top quality Tennis all the way. Andy has the game to be the No.1 player. There is no doubt about that. But what he lacks is the right temperament and it is where there is tremendous scope for improvement. He gets frustrated quite easily on the Court which disturbs his motivation and zeal. I think Team Lendl should concentrate on this aspect of Andy which is pristine mind game. He needs immediate counselling if he is to become the No.1 player.

Margot Says:

Yes, Andy has had a terrific year and I hope he continues to make excellent progress. Can’t wait for 2013.
@grendel. Thanks for noticing my absence and commenting so supportively :) Am developing quite a carapace as regards nasty comments directed at me. Only way.
Just got back from O2 where, as well as sadly being at Andy’s semi, was also at his Tsonga match which was pure Murray magic. Gotta agree with Kev about the crowd at semi, large sections were obnoxious.
Did know about Golding going to Miami, but also think a couple of others are as well.
A really nice gesture from Andy. :)
No tennis for what, 8 weeks? How will we survive…;)

Margot Says:

PS. Racquet, Brando and jane. Ah, cheers guys *hugs*
@grendel, Andy’s serve was decidedly “off” against Fed and, I think we all know, when that happens, he is unlikely to beat the top players…and a few others…;)
When his serve is off, his game generally deteriorates and, gotta say, he seems to lose heart :( Though the partisan crowd undoubtedly played its part too :(
Could learn a lot from Nole :)

jane Says:

Margot, yes, Andy wasn’t having a good serving day versus Fed; i believe he was below 50% firsts at some points! And I think, too, he happened to face Fed on a day when he was firing from both wings, and then the crowd. A combo of factors, but still he gained points getting to the semis and continues to evolve!! So much to which to look forward. :) Glad you had fun at the O2, and great to see you back. :))

racquet Says:

Yes margot, good to see you back. Happy that at least you were able to enjoy a win at the Tsonga match.

I suppose this is as good a thread as any to recount my favorite Andy memories in 2012:

1. the AO match vs Llodra – a match with scintillating rallies and incredible variety.

2. the AO match vs Nole – he pushed Nole to the limit and was 2 points from the win. Also saw the first signs of a willingness to be more aggressive consistently.

3. Roland Garros vs Gasquet – he smiled at the boos and channeled the negativity towards him into sublime play and thrashed Reechard in the last 3 sets.

4. Wimbledon vs Daveydenko – a thrashing in straight sets (esp. after Davey badmouthed him before the match. After the match Davey said Andy would never win a slam….haha.) Karma is a bitch.

5. Wimbledon vs Baghdatis – the last set under the roof with 10 mins left on the clock; Andy ran away with the last 3 games & avoided postponing the match 2 days. He should play under a stopwatch more often.

6. Wimbledon vs Tsonga – Andy stormed out the gates with aggressive play and outplayed Jo for 2 sets. Of course the lapse came in the 3rd but he showed a new mental strength by saving a set point in the 4th and prevailed to make the final. Fabulous match.

7. Wimbledon vs Federer – the first 2 sets were superlative from Andy but then the roof closed and we know the rest. I’ll always wonder “what if…”. Then there was THAT speech.

8. Olympics – beating Nole in 2 with controlled aggression and clutch serving. Beating Fed so decisively in straight sets in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. The boy who wanted a hug afterwards. The silver medal.

9. US Open – thrashing Raonic in straight sets. Turning around matches vs Lopez and Cilic that he might have lost a year earlier. The slam breakthrough by beating Nole, the hard way in 5 sets, in front of a crowd largely on his side.

10. Shanghai – dominating Federer to win in straight sets. Even though he had 5 MPs and lost it was an enthralling match.

racquet Says:

^^ that should have read ‘Even though he had 5 MPs in the match with Nole and lost, it was an enthralling match.

Margot Says:

racquet: loving your picks. Will have a “thunk” about mine, though agree with you on most :)

the DA Says:

@racquet – I concur with those picks. The one I would add is this screen capture of some hubristic RF fans during the Olympic final:-

jane Says:

Nice list racquet: the Raonic match was a stand out for me.

grendel Says:

@Margot 4.58am. nov13 – the serve is part of a player’s game. I think in analysing a loss, of course you must bring up what went wrong. But you have to be careful that you don’t thereby detract from the winner. The fact is, Federer deserved to win on that day. And b.t.w. it is never obvious why a player’s serve, say, is not firing on a given day. But one reason can simply be the pressure exerted by the other player.

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