Mike Dickson has had a courtside seat for Andy Murray
's rise to the top of the tennis world.
From his beginnings as the latest British teenager at Wimbledon to lifting the trophy two times — and with plenty more golden moments along the way — Sportmail's
tennis correspondent has witnessed it all.
On Friday, Murray announced he is on the verge of quitting as he struggles to overcome a hip injury.
The British No 1 said he would retire after this year's Wimbledon, though he admitted he may not make it that far.
Here, Dickson picks his top 10 favourite moments watching the blaze of British glory...
– His press conference after reaching the 2012 US Open final
A routine talk with the media became totally surreal when it was gatecrashed by a mildly tiddled Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Sean Connery, and mother Judy, who had all been toasting his victory over Tomas Berdych.
– Gold medal at London 2012
Roger Federer was hammered on Centre Court in the final as Murray played his part in what was arguably the greatest weekend in British sporting history.
– Winning the Miami Open in 2009
An intoxicating victory at a significant event, which was the first time it seemed that this really was a Grand Slam champion and world No 1 in the making.
– Going to No 1 at the ATP Finals in London
Beating Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena in 2016 proved conclusively he was the best player in the world at that time.
It always looked like that was the moment of Peak Murray and so it proved.
– Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Juan Martin Del Potro simply would not give up but this was Murray at his most utterly unyielding, fighting point after point of brutal intensity in the final.
– A second Wimbledon title in 2016
While not an especially memorable final when he beat Milos Raonic, this fortnight was Murray at his most perfect pitch on grass, from the first round onwards.
- Joining us to watch Kyle Edmund at Roland Garros
Murray watched Edmund win his French Open first-round match from the stands on an outside court in 2015.
That Murray would walk through the crowds to offer his support to a then obscure young British player was a measure of his true character.
– That lob on match point to clinch the Davis Cup final against Belgium in 2015
Murray was superlative throughout the whole campaign but the match point rally to win the final, and the subsequent eruption, topped everything.
A modern great for moments like this...After an emotional announcement that retirement is on the horizon, it's worth reliving *THAT* match point from @andy_murray
to win the 2015 #DavisCup
— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) January 11, 2019
– Winning Wimbledon in 2013
The tense third set finale when he needed to ward off another ominous Novak Djokovic comeback was so tense it almost brought on nausea.
The outpouring of happiness around SW19 upon finishing the job was something to remember forever.
– Winning the US Open in 2012
For me still his greatest triumph as it ended the British drought in men's singles tennis at Grand Slams since Fred Perry.
Fighting off Djokovic's comeback from two sets down in the deciding set was the pivotal moment of his career.