10 of Andy Murray's greatest moments

Wednesday, 10th January 2018, 10:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th January 2018, 2:36 pm

In a candid and typically humorous post on Instagram Andy Murray revealed this week that he had undergone surgery on his hip.

The two-time Wimbledon champion now begins the long road to recovery.

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Few would doubt Murray's ability to return to the game stronger than ever.

But if the thirty-year-old were to retire tomorrow he would leave a career of unforgettable moments that most players could only dream of.

Here are ten of the Scot's finest achievements.

Winning the junior US Open, 2004

On September 12, 2004 - barely three months after his 17th birthday - the Dunblane raised player stormed to a straight-sets victory over Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the US Open Boy's Singles final.

Despite the victory, Murray showed ambition beyond his years, stating: "getting to a Grand Slam junior final is a great achievement, but it's not the most important thing. I want to go on to achieve other things."

First Wimbledon appearance, 2005

Under a year later, Great Britain caught its first glimpse of their new tennis poster boy.

Appearing at Wimbledon, Murray stormed to straight sets victories in his opening two matches against George Bastl and Radek Stepanek (then ranked number 14).

In the third round he came up against 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian. Despite racing to a two set lead, Nalbandian's experience let the Argentinian to a five set victory. From this tournament onwards, Murray's career come under intense scrutiny.

First major final, 2008

Between 2005 and 2008, Murray went from strength to strength and at the site of his junior triumph he reached his first Grand Slam final.

After sweeping aside nemesis Rafael Nadal in the semi-final, Murray came up against 12-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.

Federer was at his inspired best and defeated Murray in three sets, but Murray had proven himself worthy of his place at tennis' top table after stunning performances against Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Potro and Nadal.

Olympic gold, 2012

Between his US Open final berth and the 2012 Olympics Murray reached three more Grand Slam finals, including an emotional match-up versus Federer at Wimbledon in 2012. Questions were constantly being raised about Murray's mettle as he failed to win that elusive first major.

At the London Olympics, however, Murray took his biggest step yet towards a Grand Slam victory with a stupendous victory over his Swiss rival in the final at SW19.

The pair would be reunited on the same court under a year later.

US Champion, 2012

Under a month later, Murray returned to Flushing Meadows - a happy hunting ground for the Scot.

Murray navigated a difficult draw defeating Cilic and Berdych on the way to a final where he came up against Serb Novak Djokovic.

After taking the first two sets - including a nail-biting first set tiebreak - Djokovic responded with two sets of his own, before Murray displayed the spirit of a champion to claim the fifth and final set 6-2.

Great Britain had its Grand Slam champion.

Wimbledon champion, 2013

With his first Grand Slam in the bag, Murray's ambitions turned to Wimbledon - a tournament not won by a British man since Fred Perry's victory in 1936.

Never had the British public been so expectant.

In the first four rounds Murray didn't drop a set, sweeping aside solid opposition. His first wobble came in the quarter-final where he came up against Fernando Verdasco, dropping the first two sets before recovering to a five set victory.

In the final Murray dismantled Novak Djokovic in a polished three set victory. The Scot had succeeded where so many Brits had previously failed.

Davis Cup champion, 2015

In 2015 Murray showed his ability as a team player, spearheading Great Britain's Davis Cup team.

Following victories over the US, France and Australia, Team GB came up against Belgium.

Murray earned three decisive points, winning both his singles matches and a doubles match alongside his brother, Jamie.

2nd Wimbledon title, 2016

Three years on from his maiden Wimbledon triumph, Murray returned to SW19 again with expectations on his shoulders.

Murray saw off stiff opposition from Thomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before meeting up with big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the final.

Murray's ever reliable defensive game proved too effective a weapon against Raonic's serves and the Dunblane hero had another Wimbledon title for his collection.

2nd Olympic gold, 2016

Fresh from his second Wimbledon victory, Murray crossed the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro with the aim of becoming a double Olympic gold medalist.

Murray, now regarded as one of the finest sportspeople in the country's history carried the Union Jack at the opening ceremony.

With formalities over Murray took to court cruising to the final and defeating Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro in four sets.

World Number 1, 2016

2016 proved to be a year to remember for the Scot.

His victories saw him ascend to number one in the world and before the year was out he had collected his third Sports Personality of the Year award and a knighthood to top it off.

Not bad for a lad from Dunblane.