Murray the bridesmaid no more

Updated: August 5, 2012, 5:24 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPN.com

LONDON -- Finally, Charlie Brown kicked the ball. For once, Lucy didn't humiliate him yet again by snatching it away at the last moment. Andy Murray was Britain's Charlie Brown, a sincere, motivated, talented tennis player perched on the verge of greatness, only to have someone else upend him at the most critical juncture, usually with all of the tennis world looking on sympathetically.

Poor Andy. It had become the sad refrain of the United Kingdom, which has ...

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