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Murray at majors

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A Grand Slam winner at the 2012 US Open and Wimbledon 2013, Andy Murray has reached the final of eight majors in total. 

The Brit most recently made the final at the Australian Open earlier this year, but was beaten in four sets by world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

Murray has made the final at Melbourne Park four times in six years and lost them all, while he has also lost in the final at Wimbledon and the US Open once apiece.

Here, we look back at Murray's previous performances in Grand Slam finals.

US Open, 2008: Roger Federer beat Murray 6-2 7-5 6-2

This was Murray's major breakthrough as he survived a two-day, rain-affected thriller to defeat Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. The odds were firmly against him as he returned the next day to face Federer, the four-time defending champion, and the Swiss maestro's dominance at Flushing Meadows never looked in any real danger as experience won the day.

Australian Open, 2010: Federer bt Murray 6-3 6-4 7-6

It took Murray another 18 months to reach a second Slam final, and again it was Federer across the other side of the net. This match was certainly closer but once more Federer proved too strong, although Murray should have extended the match at least to four sets. The loss hit the British player a lot harder than his first final loss, and he broke down in his on-court interview, saying: "I can cry like Roger, it's just a shame I can't play like him."

Australian Open, 2011: Djokovic bt Murray 6-4 6-2 6-3

Twelve months later, Murray was back in the final in Melbourne and for the first time, it was not Federer he was facing. However, Djokovic was at the start of a season in which he would win three Grand Slam titles and establish himself as the world's best player. The Serbian was far too strong but Murray put in a poor performance and was badly affected by the loss, failing to win a match for the next two and a half months.

Wimbledon, 2012: Federer bt Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4

Murray ended a 74-year wait for a British men's singles finalist at Wimbledon and for the first time in a Grand Slam final, he produced his best tennis. He won a set for the first time and threatened to take a two-set lead, but Federer turned the contest around. Helped by the closure of the roof, Federer won a seventh Wimbledon title. Murray struggled to speak through tears in his post-match interview and was loudly cheered as he said: "I'm getting closer." Four weeks later, he thrashed Federer to win Olympic gold on Centre Court.

US Open, 2012: Murray bt Djokovic 7-6 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2

Four years after he first reached a Grand Slam final and at his fifth attempt, Murray finally became a champion. It was fitting that it should happen in such dramatic circumstances after his tortuous journey. The Scot edged both the first two sets but Djokovic hit back to level and it seemed Murray might miss out again. But he seized his chance in the decider with Djokovic ailing physically and became Britain's first male Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936.

Australian Open, 2013: Djokovic bt Murray 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2

Djokovic and Murray met in a second straight Grand Slam final, and there were high hopes it could be the same result as in New York when the British No 1 took the first set on a tie-break. But Djokovic levelled and from there it rather got away from Murray, who struggled with blisters and ran out of steam. Djokovic's victory made him the first man in the open era to win three straight Australian Open singles titles.

Wimbledon, 2013: Murray bt Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4

Facing Djokovic yet again, Murray ended 77 years of hurt for British tennis as he clinched the Wimbledon title, the first Briton to win it since Fred Perry won his third successive title in 1936. Murray looked strong from the start, earning three early break points to set the tone. Djokovic rallied in the second set to go 4-1 up, but Murray came storming back as he won the next three games and then nosed ahead. Murray was behind again in the third, down 4-2, but was not to be denied despite a tense finish, which saw Djokovic come back from 40-0 behind in the final game of the match to force deuce and threaten to level up at 5-5 before Murray saw him off.

Australian Open, 2015: Djokovic bt Murray 7-6 6-7 6-3 6-0 

In his fourth attempt to win a Melbourne final, Murray would land another meeting with Djokovic, as he tried to finally end the Serb's stranglehold over him at the tournament. During a dramatic opening set, Djokovic appeared to injure his thumb and then his ankle in falls, but still managed to edge the tie-break. Murray appeared unconvinced by his opponent's ailments and levelled the match in another tie-break. But he allowed an early break to slip away in the third set, with Djokovic again struggling with apparent fitness problems. The world No 1 would make a swift recovery, seizing a 2-1 lead before racing through the fourth set as Murray slumped to defeat.

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