Andy Murray’s 30 at 30: Records and milestones achieved by world No1—so far
Marianne Bevis examines Andy Murray's achievements in a decorated career so far after the world No1 turned 30 on Monday
The Rome Masters has invariably coincided with the birthday of Andy Murray, but last year, his 29th, was just a bit more special than usual. He won his first title in the Italian capital, and that was just the start of what would become a ground-breaking 30th year for the Briton.
Little wonder that, before that 30th year had played out, he had been honoured as one of the youngest recipients of a knighthood.
He shone, of course, long before he actually made it to the top of the pile in one of the most mentally and physically challenging of sports, and in an era that has produced three of the all-time greats of tennis: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Murray reached his first main-tour final at 18, won his first title age 19, won two Masters and made the final of the US Open as he turned 21, as well as beginning a run at Wimbledon that would never fall short of the quarters and would deliver two titles.
But last year was his most remarkable season yet. It began with his fifth final at the Australian Open and ended with his first World Tour Finals title in London, which clinched the year-end No1 ranking.
In between, he played more matches than anyone else and won more, too: 78 from 87. He won more titles, nine of them, from more finals, 13. And those finals included three Grand Slams and five Masters. Not only did he win that second Wimbledon title but became the first to win a second gold at the Olympics.
Along the way, Murray enjoyed two 22+ winning streaks, one beginning with a record fifth Queen’s title, the other extending to 27 in the final at Doha this year.
All nine of his titles came after he hit the clay in May, after which he reached the final of 12 of the 13 tournaments he entered.
And he did all this after taking more than a month off the tour to enjoy the birth of his first child in February.
What’s more, Murray, one of sport’s most unstarry champions, has lent his support to countless charities throughout this career. Most recently, he launched an annual funder-raiser, Andy Murray Live, in Glasgow, he is a UNICEF Ambassador, has taken part in numerous events in aid of cancer-related charities, and this spring he joined Federer in Zurich to help raise money for the Swiss star’s Foundation.
So while it may have taken time for the British public to take Murray to their heart, just as it took Murray time to win his nation’s biggest title, Wimbledon, he is now appreciated for the modest, witty and generous individual that he is.
On his 30th birthday, then, here are 30 of the achievements that have marked Sir Andy’s winning career.
1) Only person to win two singles gold medals
2) First British man to win Olympic singles gold since Josiah Ritchie in 1908
3) Member of the first GB team to win the Davis Cup since 1936
4) At age 17, he became Britain’s youngest ever Davis Cup player in 2005, winning a doubles rubber with David Sherwood against Israel
5) Became only the third person since the current Davis Cup format was introduced to win all eight of his singles rubbers in a Davis Cup season (with John McEnroe and Mats Wilander)
First British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win singles titles at:
7) US Open
8) Any Major
9) First British player, man or woman, since 1977 to win any Major
10) First British male since Bunny Austin in 1938 to reach Wimbledon final
His victory over Novak Djokovic for his first Major title
11) equalled longest US Open singles at 4hrs 54mins, and
12) featured longest tiebreak in US Open final
13) Last year, he became first British player since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach a French Open final
14) His 2009 match against Stan Wawrinka was the first to be entirely played under Wimbledon’s roof: he won in 5 sets and made his first semi there
15) First Major victory in New York marked his 100th Major match-win
16) Only Briton to achieve world No1 since official rankings began in 1973
17) Broke top 10 before turning 20
18) Played first Masters Cup (WTFs) age 21, to join top four, coining term “big four”
19) Semi-final win over Milos Raonic in 2016 was longest ever match played at WTFs, 3hrs 38 mins. NB Round robin win over Kei Nishikori in same event was second longest, 3hrs 21mins
20) In 2015, joined Djokovic, Federer and Nadal as the only players to reach the semis or better at all nine Masters tournaments
21) His first clay title at the 2015 BMW made him first Briton since Buster Mottram in 1976 to win a clay event
22) In 2016, became the first man to win titles in one year at a Major, at Olympics, at a Masters 1000 event, and at World Tour Finals
23) In 2009 became first British winner of the tournament since 1938
24) Won a record fifth title last year
25) Last year, became first British player since Virginia Wade in 1971 and the first British man since Pat Hughes in 1931 to win the Rome Masters
26) Only person to win BBC Sports Personality of Year three times
27) First tennis player to be knighted
28) One of only nine tennis, players, men or women, to win the Junior Orange Bowl championship twice in its 70-year history
29) Was only second man in the Open era to appoint a woman, Amelie Mauresmo, as his coach
30) In Roger Federer’s ground-breaking 92-5, 12-title season of 2006, teenager Murray was only man besides Nadal to beat Federer, at Cincinnati, breaking the Swiss man’s 55-match-winning streak on hard courts.