Murray running straight at excellence

Updated: January 25, 2013, 10:17 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer represented a Plexiglas ceiling to Andy Murray in Grand Slam play. He could see where he needed to go, and he hammered away at the barrier in three championship finals. But the most he had managed to do before Friday night was bend Federer by winning one set on the court where Murray most wanted to win it all, at Wimbledon.

"I'm getting closer," Murray said through tears on Centre Court this past July.

Over the next two months, Murray would ...

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