CHARLES GRAHAM - Double cause for tennis celebration

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SO in the end it was Marray not Murray who broke a 74-year Wimbledon hoodoo.

I don’t think Andy and his family were the only ones crying after his nail-biting defeat to Roger Federer.

Rarely has a whole nation rallied behind one man as it did behind the belligerant Brit.

But the poor fellow came up against the best tennis player who ever lived back on his top form.

And what several commentators have said is worth repeating: Murray did not so much lose this Grand Slam final (as he had the previous ones), Federer won it from him with touches of genius when it really mattered.

Folk keep predicting that Murray will have his moment, but no-one can be that sure that his sporting epitaph isn’t one of the dreaded Montgomerie-White syndrome (ie, they either choked at the “big ones” or always had the misfortune of there being at least one person better at the key moment).

After all he is unfortunate to be peaking in an era when there is not only Federer usually in the way of a major title but usually Djokovic and Nadal as well.

But never let it be forgotten that Murray is the greatest tennis player this country has ever produced.

He also became the first Brit into a Wimbledon final since 1938 and also got that monkey off his back about never winning a set in a Grand Slam final. So, you never know...

Let’s leave the last word though with the British Wimbledon champion we did see this year: Jonny Marray who, 10 years ago looked just as exciting a singles prospect as his near namesake but whose career has been dogged by injury and he decided to concentrate on doubles.

His win in the Men’s Doubles with Freddie Nielsen came after they entered as wild cards, had never won a tournament together before and they beat many of the best pairings in the world to get the title, including the number one seeds, the Bryan brothers.

This was a major achievement in sporting terms: the trophies I remember being won by great pairings such as McEnroe and Fleming, McNamara and McNamee, Fibach and Okker, Newcombe and Roche.

What a great hall of fame to join. Well done Murray and well done Marray!