Andy Murray is the greatest British sportsman ever, thinks Mark Petchey

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Andy Murray is the greatest British sportsman ever, thinks Mark Petchey

Mark Petchey picks Andy Murray to be the greatest British sportsman ever. The 29-year-old Murray has won three Grand Slam titles in his career, along with two Olympic gold medals at the last two Summer Games. He's currently the world number one tennis player on the ATP Rankings list.

The Briton was the key to Great Britain winning the Davis Cup title last year. ''For me he (Andy Murray) is (the British greatest ever sportsman) but there will be others that definitely disagree,'' told Petchey to Sky Sports News HQ.

Murray made it all the way at the recently finished Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after beating Novak Djokovic in the final. Never before did Murray win the event prior to this year's edition. Murray had to beat the Serbian in the final to clinch the year ending number one spot.

Winning the title and securing the year-ending top spot is a notable achievement surely, but beating Djokovic in the final to achieve that adds some extra value. "It was huge, I think had he not beaten Novak (Djokovic) in the final it would have been somebody else, he hadn't played Novak in this tournament," said Petchey.

''I think people who like to look at the glass half empty would have pulled that one up and said 'he hasn't beaten Novak since the French' and therefore it wouldn't have had the same authenticity to it that it does because he did.'' In February of this year, Murray's wife Kim Sears gave birth to a baby girl.

The Sky Sports expert opinioned a fatherhood ''has been a very settling thing'' for the Scotsman. Petchey heaped praised on Murray's wife Kim by saying she ''has managed to keep'' her husband ''in the place he can be to play the game.'' That has given Murray a ''focus away from tennis,'' opinioned more the expert.

Source: Sky Sports, Photo-- British Tennis/@BritishTennis Twitter Also read: Mischa Zverev ready to improve his career best ranking