From the archive: Wimbledon embraces lion-hearted Murray - 1 July, 2009

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AT TWO sets down, and with his opponent serving for the match, Andy Murray was staring defeat in the face.

But the Scot’s survival instinct kicked in and with one of the greatest Wimbledon comebacks, he beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet to claim a quarter-final spot.

And with his courageous performance there is little doubt now that Murray, seeded 12th, has sealed his place in the SW19 faithful’s affections.

Until last night, Murray had found the hallowed stands of the All England Club somewhat reluctant to encourage him.

As he progressed towards the business end of Wimbledon, the crowd reaction has been notice ably reserved, at least when compared with the raucous cheering afforded to previous British contenders.