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2004 Sep 12 - US Open: Murray wins boys title

Andrew Murray became the first British tennis player to win the US Open boys title as he crushed his Ukranian opponent Sergei Stakhovsky 6-4 6-2 in the final.

The 17-year-old Scot is following in the footsteps of tennis stars Pat Cash, Stefan Edberg and Andy Roddick who have all won the title.

Speaking after the match Andrew said he was:

"a little bit surprised to win, but not too much.

"I hate losing, and I don't play any tournaments to come second-best.

"When I come into a tournament, I want to win every single match."

Tim Henman has also been noticing the development of the young Scot, he said:

"He's playing some big matches here in the junior events but I think he knows where the bread and butter of his career is going to be and he's already taking some big strides and that's very important.

"We've had plenty of examples of kids that have done well in the juniors but haven't made that transition.

"Not only his game, but between the ears, he knows what he's doing.

"He works hard and I think that's a good combination."

Tim and Andrew will team up alongside Greg Rusedski and Alex Bogdanovic in Great Britain's Davis Cup team against Austria in the World Group Play-off starting 24 September.

Andrew has already shown great strength of character as a survivor of the Dunblane school massacre in 1996 where 16 fellow pupils and a teacher were shot and killed by lone gunman Thomas Hamilton who then turned the gun on himself. Andrew survived by hiding in the headmaster's office.

Of his tragic experience, Andrew said:

"I knew the guy who did the shooting, we all went to his boys' clubs and everybody knew him.

"But I was young at the time and didn't really realise how it was a really difficult time for the town, but I think everyone has recovered really well from it and the town has moved on."


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