(AFP) – Jun 15, 2009
LONDON (AFP) — Andy Murray had barely hung up his racket after his win at Queen's when the press began depicting him as the player who could -- finally -- win the men's singles for Britain at Wimbledon.
"Next stop Wimbledon for champ Murray," headlined the Daily Express. "Winbledon," screamed the Sun, while the Independent said: "Magical Murray ends long wait for home winner".
Murray clinched his fourth ATP Tour title this year on Sunday as he became the first Briton since Bunny Austin in 1938 to win the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's with a 7-5, 6-4 win over America's James Blake.
The Scot can now turn his attention to ending an even longer wait for British success at Wimbledon, shouldering the burden of landing the country's first men's singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.
Even as they acknowledged the pressure they were placing on the 22-year-old to fulfil what Tim Henman never managed to do, newspaper commentators could not contain their excitement.
The Daily Mail called him "comfortably the best player this island has produced in the post-war years".
"There is no getting away from the possibility that feats of much greater historical significance beckon," it said.
The Guardian tried to hold back from predicting a historic Wimbledon but said that Murray, "with good fortune and a fair wind, appears poised to change entirely the sepia-tinged contours of the domestic landscape".
However, The Times welcomed Murray's tight-lipped response to his win on Sunday, saying that while he was playing well, he would have to keep his cool.
"This is a nice one to win -- Murray is the first Briton to triumph in the event for 71 years, he earned a decent cheque, it was on grass and only a week before Wimbledon -- but that is all it amounts to," one commentator wrote.
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