To have both players in this era is a true gift to spectators and this piece highlights how much of a gift they are to the sport. Under the influence of new coach Ivan Lendl, Murray was a player to be reckoned with; in 2012, Murray reached the Wimbledon Final, however unfortunately losing to Federer in four sets. Then came the 2012 Summer Olympics, where Murray triumphed, taking the singles gold medal, becoming the first Brit to do so since 1908. The US Open was his next triumph, and with this he secured his place in the ‘Big Four’. The next year, Murray made Wimbledon history, storming his way through the tournament to become the first Briton in 77 years to win at the All England Club. His form during this time was phenomenal, he was simply faultless, and dealt with pressure with this calm nature he never displayed before.Novak Djokovic tasted Grand Slam success in 2008, triumphing in the Australian Open. But it was 2011 where even more success came. It was a year many consider to be the best of all time. Novak’s year-end record was 70-6, winning the Wimbledon, US and Australian Open titles. The following year, the World Number 1 won the Australian Open in the longest final in Open Era history at 5 hours and 53 minutes against Rafael Nadal. The match was truly grueling, and the only thing that truly kept him going was his perseverance; that mental strength no one is the sport has to the same level.
To have both players in this era is a true gift to spectators and this piece highlights how much of a gift they are to the sport.