Coach Dani Vallverdu admits it wasn't easy at all sitting in Andy Murray's box while the Briton was serving for the match against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon final. Murray delivered one of his best performances ever when he clashed 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic seven years ago at The Championships as he saw off the Serb in straight sets to become the first British man to make it all the way at Wimbledon since 1936.
Murray, a former world No. 1, defeated Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 but the 10th game of the third set was nerve-wracking since the Serb fought back from 40-0 down -- but Murray held on to win the game after 13 minutes and seal the title.
At the time, the Briton was working with Vallverdu and Ivan Lendl, who is considered one of the most cold-blooded figures in tennis. "It felt more like seventeen hours at the time," Vallverdu told Sportsmail, when recalling how it felt to sit next to Lendl during the last game of the 2013 Wimbledon final.
For Murray, winning Wimbledon was more than just claiming a Grand Slam title since there was a lot of pressure on his back to end British drought at The Championships. "It was the length of that game I remember most, but also the joy in the locker room afterwards.
Having known Andy for so long it was a fantastic feeling that he had done it," Vallverdu added. Murray, now ranked at No. 129 in the world, claimed his second Wimbledon title in 2016, when he handed a straight-set defeat to Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic in the final.
Vallverdu not optimistic tennis will be played in the United States
The season has been suspended since March 12 but the ATP Tour is set to resume on August 14 in Washington. Then the plan is to put players in a bubble and stage the Cincinnati Masters and US Open in New York.
"Personally I am not that confident that the US Open and other tournaments in America are going to happen," Vallverdu said. "I think some kind of decision will happen in the next two weeks. "I am optimistic that unless there is a big change then the tournaments in Madrid, Rome and the French Open will take place in September, but beyond that there is a lot of uncertainty."