Tim Henman, Andy Murray and Greg Rusedski have embraced British tennis for the past 15 years. But who is the greatest of the trio?
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Former World No.4 Tim Henman has certainly lived up to expectations when Wimbledon came by. He has reached the semi-finals four times in his career and has certainly left his mark in SW19 with Aorangi Terrace being commonly referred to as “Henman Hill.” His routine serve-and-volley style became a delight to watch, guiding him to great success on the hard and grass courts.
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Greg Rusedski has often been foreshadowed by the popular Henman on many occasions, especially Wimbledon. However, he has achieved some outstanding results in his 16 year career. Prior to Andy Murray reaching the final of the 2008 US Open, Rusedski became the first British man since Henry “Bunny” Austin in 1938 to reach a Grand Slam final.
Andy Murray is certainly poised to become the man to surpass the feats of Henman and Rusedski. At 22 years of age, he has already won 12 ATP World Tour titles and became the first recent British player to be ranked No.3, with Henman and Rusedski peaking at No.4.
Murray has taken often the mantle from Lleyton Hewitt, as a counter-puncher who has the ability to dictate play and cause problems for many players. His semi-final performance at Wimbledon this year, has sent a message to his rivals that he is certainly ready to become the first player since Fred Perry in 1936 to triumph at Wimbledon.
Overall, Henman is currently still seen as the best recent British player for his phenomenal achievements at Wimbledon. If Andy Murray keeps up his current form, there is no doubt that he can take over the mantle and perhaps become the greatest British player of all time.