From tears to titles - Murray's highs and lows at Wimbledon

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Andy Murray will miss Wimbledon as the grass-court grand slam comes too soon for the former world number one.

Two-time champion Murray only returned to action last month after almost a year out with a hip injury, and a trio of three-set matches at Queen's Club and Eastbourne did not prove to be enough to convince him to return to SW19.

This is not the first time Murray has suffered at Wimbledon, with tendons, tears and titles all involved in a roller coaster ride at his home major.

"I've had some great moments here, but also some tough losses," he said after his second triumph in 2016. "The win feels extra special because of the tough losses."

Now, as he misses out on the opportunity to compete with the very best again, we recall the best and worst of Murray's Wimbledon memories.

 

High: Teenage kicks on debut (2005)

A fresh-faced Murray, ranked 312 in the world, was handed a wild card for the 2005 tournament and went on to make a name for himself by reaching the third round.

George Bastl and 14th seed Radek Stepanek were swept aside in straight sets by the Scot, who was rewarded for his progress with a chance to make his debut on Centre Court against David Nalbandian.

The teenager thrilled the crowd as he won the opening two sets against the former Wimbledon finalist, only for a combination of cramp and fatigue to set in. Murray did register a break in the fourth set, but Nalbandian outlasted his opponent to eventually triumph 6-7 (4-7) 1-6 6-0 6-4 6-1.

 

Low: Wrist injury rules him out (2007)

This year will not be the first in which injury keeps Murray out. In 2007, set to enter Wimbledon as a top-10 player for the first time, a wrist injury was his undoing.

The painful blow was suffered at the German Open in Hamburg, Murray snapping the tendons in his wrist to keep him out for almost three months.

Murray would be made to wait for a real shot at Wimbledon.

 

Low: Tears on Centre Court (2012)

This was supposed to be Murray's year. After three consecutive semi-final defeats, he battled through to set up a final showpiece against Roger Federer, becoming the first British male singles player to reach this stage in 74 years.

It all started so well, too, with Murray taking the first set. But he repeatedly squandered break points in the second and Federer took advantage, breezing to a 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 triumph.

"There are mixed emotions. Most of them are negative. The reaction from the crowd was great," said Murray. "I felt like I was playing for the nation and I couldn't quite do it."

 

High: The national hero conquers at last (2013)

By the time Murray returned a year later, he had an Olympic gold medal and a US Open title under his belt, and this time delivered with Britain's first male singles title at Wimbledon since 1936.

With Federer and Rafael Nadal both suffering upsets during the tournament, Murray was able to reach the final again to face Novak Djokovic.

And, at the second attempt, the Briton made sure not to let his early momentum wane. He took the first two sets and, having let three match points slip, clinched a famous victory in the third.

 

Low: Dim way to end defence (2014)

Murray had now followed up three semi-finals with a final and then a title, but his magnificent streak of results at Wimbledon ended in rather dismal fashion the following year.

Although he at least reached the last eight, Murray was completely outclassed by a 23-year-old Grigor Dimitrov to lose in straight sets, 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

"I should have done a better job at the beginning of the match of making it tougher for him and I didn't manage to do that," said Murray after an error-strewn display ended his title defence early.
 

High: Second triumph (2016)

Murray arrived at Wimbledon in 2016 without a grand slam title since 2013, but defeats in the finals of the Australian Open and the French Open provided cause for optimism.

And again he reached the final at the All England Club, facing Milos Raonic in a contest that saw him the clear favourite. Despite a tight match, Murray did not disappoint.

Two tie-breaks were required, but Murray won in straight sets before again letting his emotion show. "This is the most important tournament for me every year," he said after claiming the title again.