Andy Murray’s 30th birthday this Monday serves as a a remarkable reminder of how far the Brit has come in just over a decade on the ATP Tour.
From toppling Tim Henman as Britain’s main hope to becoming a three-time Grand Slam champion, Murray is now world number one on his 30th birthday.
Here, we look at the highs and lows en route to Murray reaching tennis’ summit.
2001: Blast from the past
How about this from 2001. A young ‘Andrew Murray’ talks of his Wimbledon ambitions, while mother Judy speaks about the likelihood of following in the footsteps of Tim Henman… A quite brilliant two minutes.
2005: Andy emerges
Following a third round loss at Queen’s, Murray made his Wimbledon debut after receiving a wildcard despite being ranked 312 in the world. The Scot made it to the third round, but eventually fell to David Nalbandian.
2006: British No 1
Murray wrestled the title of British No 1 from Tim Henman, who had carried Britain’s Grand Slam hopes, for nearly a decade, to no avail.
The year also brought a victory over Roger Federer at Cincinnati, while he also won a first title at the SAP Open, beating Lleyton Hewitt in the final.
2007: Into the Top 10
Murray broke into the world’s top 10 in April after reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open (where he lost to Rafael Nadal) and the semis of the Miami Masters, but a wrist injury saw him miss both the French and Wimbledon.
2008: First Grand Slam final
At the age of 21, Murray reached his first ever Grand Slam final, but it was a rude awakening for the Brit, as he lost in straight sets to Roger Federer at the US Open.
Murray also tasted defeat to Yen-hsun Lu in the first round of the Beijing Olympics – but did end the world as world number four.
2009: Joy under the roof
There were no Grand Slam finals for Murray in 2009, but he did reach two in the world, and play out this enthralling match in the fourth round of Wimbledon. An epic victory over Stan Wawrinka was the first full match to be played under the roof on Centre Court, which also saw it become the latest ever finish at SW19.
2010, 2011: More Grand Slam heartache
Murray’s wait for a Grand Slam title went on, as he lost the Australian Open final two years in a row – firstly to Federer and then to Novak Djokovic.
2012: Finally, the breakthrough
It was a quite unbelievable year for Murray – first, there were these tears after a first Wimbledon final ended in defeat for the 25-year-old at the hands of Federer…
But then there was joy at the London Olympics, as Murray struck gold with a straight-sets victory over the Swiss.
And then Grand Slam joy, at last, at the US Open – where Murray beat Djokovic in a five-set epic, the longest final in the tournament’s history.
2013: Wimbledon champion
There was something in the air around SW19 in 2013 – the pressure on Murray had lifted when he won the US some nine months before, and the Brit – stronger for his final loss the year before – went on to beat Djokovic in the final to become the first British male to win the singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.
2014: Back surgery
The end of 2013 and start of 2014 was marred by injury for Murray, who had surgery on his back to fix the problem long-term. It was a difficult season for Murray on the ATP circuit, as he split with coach Ivan Lendl in March, while he also failed to reach a GS final.
2015: More pain Down Under
For a fourth time, Murray suffered defeat in the Australian Open final – losing to Djokovic once more in four sets.
But it turned out to be a fine year for Murray in the Davis Cup, as he spearheaded Great Britain’s victory in the team tournament – their first since 1936. In doing so, Murray became just the third player (after John McEnroe and Mats Wilander) to win all eight singles rubbers en route to glory.
2016: Another golden year
A sensational 2016 saw Murray rise to world number one. It started in familiar fashion though, as he lost the Australian Open final to Djokovic, but what followed was a second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic gold and then to cap it all off, the Briton wrestled the world number one spot off Djokovic after beating the Serb in the ATP World Tour Finals showdown.
2017: Tough at the top
Having reached 30, Murray sits top of the lot. But it has been a far from enjoyable season thus far, typified by an early exit at the Australian Open.