The last game of the Wimbledon 2013 men's singles final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic is a stunning masterclass of a thriller. We all know why the game is so spectacular. It pitted a mountain against Andy Murray at the very moment he is about to secure his first Wimbledon trophy after running a match that was rather smooth-sailing. Andy Murray faced match points that very nearly could have turn an inch-close-to-a-dream into a nightmare of nightmares. And then, despite all the odds (make greater by Andy Murray's natural tendency to choke during the big points) he clawed his way back into victory with a difficulty the overall match score completely belies. However, the significance of this point goes way beyond that in our opinion, for it is of immense philosophical importance, particularly in the subject of the factors of success. So drop your self-help books blokes, and absorb this golden analysis of ours.
Please refer to this link for the full highlights of that last game:
Do not discount the all-consuming ability of the environment to change you
This is a factor I cannot emphasize enough, because it is so discounted by almost everyone. There is this common almost universal perception that how we perform is completely dependent on what I do which channels into such performance. This is a self-comforting fallacy so rampant because of the very human need to know that he or she is in complete control of one's results. Take away this and the world would seem an insanely brutal place. However, the truth is often bitter, and the fact is we are in control of our results only to a certain extent, as clearly seen in this epic last game, most clearly in Djokovic. It is as if the point at which Murray had triple championship point marked some kind of sharp resurgence in the Serb. Although he lost the game eventually, the next series of points saw Djokovic play with a level of focus the fatigued him did not have throughout the rest of the entire match. It took Murray the need step up his game massively very quickly in order to survive this very sudden infusion of an onslaught. What other reason for this, than the new environment of a sudden increase in pressure contributing to this sudden switch in performance (and we would say, personality.)
Do not discount the crowd
This may seem like am extremely flaky factor in Murray's success at Wimbledon, but we believe it is a much more substantial than what most people think, especially when you realize that morale counts as a major factor in victory (a point most famously brought up by the supreme strategist Sun Tze in his manual the Art of War), and that popular approval leads to a boost in morale. This is also the main reason why Djokovic is seeking earnestly to expand his fan base, to draw fans from the monopolies of the Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal fan clubs, not because he wants to become more popular for the sake of being popular. I could imagine myself as him, enjoying that constant enhanced adrenaline boost and rock-strong sense of purpose, from seeing the numerous Union Jacks and knowing that the roaring cheers from the crowd and meant for (and obversely, that the significantly much more controlled cheers were those for my opponent).
Success is also very much about luck
One reason for our deeming this game of historically significant momentousness is the extreme degree of fortuitousness that Andy Murray had to rely on in order the close the game. Saying that, there were also points (or point) in which Djokovic managed to win and this hold off defeat, thanks mostly to luck granting the ball landing spot a few milli-inches more in his favour. Take the point at 4:53 in the video for instance, that wide backhand from Murray was very very barely out, and the match could have ended right there. Now to Murray, he came so close to losing the game at 8:22 in the video! As the adage goes: luck = opportunity + preparation. The accent here however is on the word 'opportunity' which comes closest to what we commonly know luck to be.
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