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The best of Andy Murray's rise to the top

Press Association logoPress Association 18/12/2016 Eleanor Crooks

TIMELINE OF A CHAMPION - ANDY MURRAY'S RISE THROUGH THE RANKS:

September 2005: Murray reaches his first ATP Tour final, losing the Thailand Open decider to Roger Federer.

February 2006: Claims his maiden ATP title in San Jose, which elevates him to a place in the top 50.

April 2007: Breaks into the top 10 for the first time after reaching the semi-finals of Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.

July 2012: Murray ends the 74-year wait for a British men's singles Wimbledon finalist but was unable to make the next step, losing in four sets to Federer.

August 2012: Murray bounces back a month later with a 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory against Federer at Wimbledon in the Olympic final before partnering Laura Robson to silver in the mixed doubles.

September 2012: Buoyed by Olympic success, Murray wins his first grand slam title, beating Novak Djokovic in five sets in the US Open final.

July 2013: Murray survives a nerve-shredding last game to clinch a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win over world No.1 Djokovic to finally end Fred Perry's 77-year reign as the last British men's singles champion.

November 2015: The Scot wins 11 of Britain's 12 points, including three in doubles with brother Jamie, to lead Great Britain to Davis Cup success.

January 2016: Murray's search for an elusive Australian Open title continues after his fourth final loss to Djokovic.

June 2016: Having turned himself into one of the world's best clay-courters, Murray completes his set of slam finals by reaching the decider in Paris but the result was familiar - defeat to Djokovic.

July 2016: Murray shows his class against first-time slam finalist Milos Raonic to triumph 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) and claim his third grand slam title.

August 2016: As part of a run of 22 straight victories, Murray becomes the first tennis player to retain an Olympic singles title with a gruelling victory over Juan Martin del Potro in Rio.

November 2016: Murray reaches the final of the Paris Masters after semi-final opponent Raonic withdraws due to injury to finally take over as the world No.1.

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