Murray's emphatic 2008 was just the beginning

No one is suggesting Andy Murray was the subject of an extreme makeover. But in 2008 he did put his game face on and took the game by storm. And if you think a letdown is in store for 2009, then clearly you're not privy to the Murray winning formula.

Originally Published: December 30, 2008
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

Andy Murray has something of a reputation around tennis circles: He's known for being exceptionally talented and a bit intense. In fact, the word "difficult" has more than once been bantered around.

There's absolutely no question regarding his meteoric rise and aptitude as a player, though. Murray joined the top 100 in 2005 and ended his first full season on tour at No. 65. In 2006, he moved up to a year-end No. 17, which he bested in 2007, finishing at No. 11. Now he's No. 4 and ...

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