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Andy Murray aims to end a long British tennis drought

Andy Murray at the US Open Photo: Reuters/Tim Wimborne

It's an open secret to my friends: if I wasn't a news reporter I would be a tennis writer. Luckily today I can combine the two.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will be a scintillating match up. Not least because a Murray victory would be the perfect end to the British sporting summer.

And what a season it would cap for the Scot: an Australian Open semi, a French quarter, a Wimbledon final and a Gold and Silver medal at the Olympics.

Great Britain's Andy Murray after winning the Olympic gold medal. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Djokovic goes in the favourite. Not only is he the defending champion here at Flushing Meadows but he's been on unbelievable form this fortnight, losing one set all tournament (and that was in near hurricane-force winds to Ferrer).

But here's a few reasons to believe Andy can finally win - at the fifth attempt - a Grand Slam title:

  • The Gold Medal has put him in the best emotional condition of his life, and he beat Novak in the semi-final in straight sets on his way;
  • With Ivan Lendl in his corner, he finally has the master strategist;
  • He's had an extra day's rest over Novak;

Murray and Djokovic are friends and rivals. They first played each other in a junior tournament aged 11 (and, yes, Murray won). They even spent Saturday in the locker-room watching the Scotland-Serbia World Cup qualifier.

So let's hope that in the coming hours Murray ends one of the longest droughts in British sport. Then we no longer have to remember 1936 as the year when Fred Perry last gave us a Grand Slam champion. How many ITV viewers - and website users - can remember that match?

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