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Czech mate for Andy!

7th July 2013
What a weekend for British sport! After the British Lions thumped the Wallabies by an incredible 25 point margin in Sydney, it was down to the perceived drama of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final with the top 2 gladiators facing each other on a sweltering Centre Court.

There were so many questions to be answered. How much did the epic semi final between Djokovic and Del Potro take out of the Serb? Could Andy rise above the mediocrity of the first two sets of his quarter final against Verdasco? Would the heat work against the fair skinned Scot? Would the 77 years of hurt give the splendid Serbian world number 1 a psychological advantage?

Well these questions were answered in emphatic style by Murray, whose secret weapon was staring at every point with the same steely look as he has throughout the tournament. Ivan Lendl, the Czech machine who never won Wimbledon as a player has brought that Eastern European winning mentality to the normally “plucky” British sportsman. The relationship had already borne fruit at last year’s Olympics and at the US Open, but the Wimbledon scenario was surely another matter!

To the outside world, Lendl and Murray are similar and clearly Murray totally respects the man who dedicated his early sporting life to winning Grand Slams. The reaction when Andy clambered up to see his team was telling and his comments at the post match interview showed just how valued the Czech coach is to Team Murray. All the hard work that Andy has put in over the past few years has now been honed into a fiercely competitive winner.

So, a great weekend for British sport is engineered by a Kiwi managing the British and Irish Lions and a man from the Czech Republic finally ending one of the most frustrating and enduring voids in this glorious sporting event!

Come on Andy, do it again next year!
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