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  • 10 May
    Weve revisited Andy Murrays career milestones as he prepares his challenge for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. From US Open junior champion in 2004 to the King of New York and Olympic gold back-to-back and then the ultimate dream of winning Wimbledon - not once, but twice. Murrays climb to greatness Andy Murray has climbed to the top of the tennis rankings The world No 1 has been through every possible emotion. He is all too familiar with losing in major finals too - five times in Australia, once in New York (2008) and at his beloved All England Club in 2012. We take a look back at some of the greatest moments of Murrays magical career, starting with his finest victory on Sky Sports ...US Open champion 2012Murray emerged from the shadow of the great Fred Perry to become Britains first Grand Slam winner in 76 years after a gladiatorial battle against Novak Djokovic.It was a spellbinding 7-6 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 victory over the world No 1 that took four hours and 54 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium and in front of celebrity spectators including Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Sean Connery. Murray beat old foe Djokovic at Flushing Meadows It was a marathon first set at 87 minutes that featured the longest tie-break a US Open final has ever witnessed as Murray edged Djokovic 12-10.After Djokovic restored parity by taking the fourth set to send the final into a deciding-set shootout, Murray took a career-defining bathroom break. That helped him refocus and to leave the court with no regrets.Murray came out and showed incredible resilience to break the Serb three times before sealing a remarkable victory.When Djokovic smashed a return long on championship point, the crowd rose to their feet to recognise Britains history-maker.Wimbledon 2013 & 2016 Andy Murray - Wimbledon champion in 2013 Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s singles champion after defeating Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 just 12 months after being denied his maiden major in London.The 26-year-olds were playing each other in a Grand Slam final for the third time in the previous four majors, with Murray winning at Flushing Meadows and Djokovic taking the 2013 Australian Open five months prior to Wimbledon. Murray was prepared to go the distance against the six-time Grand Slam champion on a sweltering summers day.It was a match dominated by lengthy baseline rallies the Scot let three championship points slip away. On the fourth opportunity, Djokovic slapped a weak backhand return into the net and the celebrations - mixed with plenty of relief - could finally begin. Murray lifts the trophy following victory over Raonic He had to wait three years to repeat the feat with a hard-fought 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) success over Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic.By nullifying Raonics power, Murray became the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1935.Olympics 2012 & 2016 Murray shows off his gold medal at London 2012 Murray had never beaten old nemesis Roger Federer in a best-of-five-sets match going into the gold medal contest at the 2012 London Olympics.Only 28 days earlier, the Swiss had stopped the Scot from becoming Britain’s first male Wimbledon champion for 76 years. Murray celebrates winning Olympic gold in London In front of a partisan Centre Court crowd Murray showed immense focus to claim a memorable 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory.Murray fittingly described this victory as the biggest in his career and after his win admitted that athlete Mo Farah had given him the motivation he needed to win gold after his amazing victory in the 10,000m. It was amazing to see Mo Farah run his final 400 metres in 53 seconds when I can only do it in 57 seconds when Im fresh. That gave me the motivation to try to win the gold medal, because I wanted to be part of it if I could. Farah inspired Murray I watched the athletics last night, and it was unbelievable,” Murray said. It was amazing to see Mo Farah run his final 400 metres in 53 seconds when I can only do it in 57 seconds when Im fresh. That gave me the motivation to try to win the gold medal, because I wanted to be part of it if I could.It was the first time since Josiah Ritchie in 1908 that a British man won an Olympic singles gold medal in tennis. Del Potro congratulates Murray after an epic Olympic final Four years on and he retained his Olympic singles title in sensational style against Juan Martin del Potro in a Rio epic.Murray added yet more career history when he overcame the giant Argentine 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5 in a brutal, gladiatorial battle lasting four hours and two minutes.Cincinnati 2008In a battle of the 21-year-olds, Murray was meeting Djokovic for the first time in the final on the ATP World Tour and at a Masters 1000 event too.It was a hugely significant victory, which encompassed some inspired tennis as power, strategy, fitness and near-genius won the day. Watch the moment Andy Murray won his first Masters 1000 event, at Cincinnati in 2008 against Novak Djokovic The straight sets win over the man who had beaten him on four out of the previous five occasions marked the beginning of a new phase in Murrays career.US Open semi-final 2008Murray was making his debut in a major semi-final and it was a triumph that sent a message to the world of tennis, the message being: I can compete and beat the best.At only 21 years of age at the time, Murray defeated the then world No 1 Rafa Nadal to guarantee he would equal Tim Henmans highest ATP world ranking of four. Murray upset Nadal to reach the US Open final Murray entered the contest with a 0-5 record against the Spaniard, who crushed the Brit at Wimbledon that year, but produced one of his greatest ever performances to outlast his opponent in four sets.He became the first Brit to reach a Grand Slam final since Greg Rusedski lost to Pat Rafter in the 1997 US Open final.Montreal 2015Murray beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4 4-6 6-3 for his fourth tournament victory of the year and third title in the Canadian event.The second-seeded Murray also won the tournament in 2009 and 2010. The Scot ended an eight-match losing streak against Djokovic since the 2013 Wimbledon final. A look back to the 2015 Montreal final between Djokovic and Murray Murray dedicated the victory to his coach, Amelie Mauresmo, the former womens star who gave birth to a baby boy hours earlier.He also moved to No 2 in the world ahead of Roger Federer said: If this was the US Open, wed have to play another couple of sets like that, which isnt easy.Best of the RestMiami 2009With Miami being regarded by many as the fifth major at the time, Murray picked up his third Masters title, following wins in Cincinnati and Madrid in 2008, under the searing Florida sunshine. See how Murray won his first Miami Open in 2009, against old foe Djokovic The Scot beat Djokovic 6-2 7-5 to move even closer to breaking into the top three in the world at that time.Montreal 2009Murray was forced to come from a set down to beat world No 6 Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 7-6 6-1 in a tense and high-quality Rogers Cup final. See how Andy Murray won his first Canada Open, back in 2009 against Juan Martin Del Potro in Montreal The triumph saw Murray move above Nadal to second in the world rankings as well as becoming the first player to post 50 match wins that season.Toronto 2010In a final frequently interrupted by rain, Murray upset Federer 7-5 7-5 and enjoyed a seventh win in 12 meetings against the Swiss legend. A look at how Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in the 2010 Canada final in Toronto It was a victory that saw Murray capture his first title of 2010 - a month after he parted company with coach Miles Maclagan - and confirmed that he was back to his best following a post-Melbourne slump.Miami 2013The Scot moved up to second in the world with a gruelling 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-1) victory against David Ferrer at Key Biscayne in Miami. A look back at how Andy Murray picked up his second Miami Open title against David Ferrer in 2013 It was a brutal, brutal match. Both of us were kind of on our last legs, Murray said. It was a good job it wasnt a best-of-five-set match, because I dont know how the last few sets would have ended up.It was one of the toughest matches I have had to play in a Masters Series, for sure, he added.Valencia 2014Murray was greeted at the net by Tommy Robredos middle fingers following a colossal 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (10-8) victory which lasted three hours and 20 minutes. Highlights of Murrays epic victory over Robredo at the Valencia Open In front of his home fans, the indefatigable Robredo wasted five match points against Murray. It was the second time in a month that the Briton saved five match points against his opponent, the other time being in the final of the Shenzhen Open.Paris 2016Murray beat American John Isner 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 for his eighth tournament win of the year and fourth in a row as he celebrated reaching world No 1 in style. Heres how Murray beat Isner in the final of the Paris Masters The 29-year-old holds three Grand Slam titles, two Olympic gold medals, a Davis Cup title, 14 Masters 1000 titles and he finally tops the rankings for the first time.No one would have expected what I have done the last few months, Murray said. I dont really know if its sunk in or not.Check our game-by-game updates from Andy Murrays matches at the ATP World Tour Finals from London on skysports.com/tennis, our app for mobile devices and iPad and our Twitter account @skysportstennis. Also See: Murrays climb to greatness WATCH: Murray is world No 1 The strangest feeling Murrays magnificent year Nike Air Max Plus Ireland . Louis Blues absence from top spot in the TSN. Nike Air Max Plus Clearance Ireland . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. http://www.wholesaleairmaxplusireland.com/ . 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The U.S. women have started their run for a sixth straight Olympic gold medal in basketball in record-setting fashion.The Americans scored their most points ever in beating Senegal 121-56 Sunday, while also notching their largest margin of victory in the Olympics in topping the 60-point win over Zaire in 1996 in Atlanta.They also won their 42nd straight Olympic game, easily handling an African nation still looking for its first victory in its second Olyympics.dddddddddddd.Diana Taurasi finished with 15, all on 3s.The Americans led 35-9 after the first quarter with Taurasi shooting so well. Senegal got a boost from local fans embraced the underdog, cheering every shot. It didnt help as the United States led 64-21 at halftime and 94-38 after the third. That left only the final margin in doubt. ' ' '