Murray, a Scotsman whose sometimes dour, always expressive demeanor on the court did not always endear him to the rest of the nation, defeated No. 1-ranked
The last singles champion the country has produced was Virginia Wade in 1977, which seemed ordained by the stars because it coincided with the silver jubilee, the 25th anniversary of
Previous players, particularly Tim Henman, came to symbolize British striving but also the country's failure to break through. Henman embodied a certain middle-class Englishness, a gentlemanly competitor who never failed to try his best but who came up short and showed his class through his grace in losing.
Murray is more of a gut player, one who may be British but is most definitely not English. He once told an interviewer that the soccer team he supported was whichever one happened to be playing against the English squad, annoying many English fans. It merely gave more credence to the shibboleth that, when he wins, the country considers Murray "British"; when he loses, he's "a Scot."
But as he began to rack up victories, the home crowd began warming to him, and his heartfelt, weepy runner’s-up speech at last year’s Wimbledon final, where he lost in four sets to Swiss ace
When, just a few weeks after last year's Wimbledon, he won the Olympic gold medal on the same grass court against the same opponent – Roger Federer – the nation celebrated. But that was part of the overall jubilation over Britain's excellent showing at the Summer Games in London.
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