Friends and family are at the top of Andy's list

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Andy Murray‘s best friend has credited the tennis player for being an ‘absolute rock’ throughout his cancer battle.

Ross Hutchins, 28 – who’s also a tennis star – has been fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for six months and Andy, 26, was one of the first people he told when he was diagnosed.

‘When you go through something like cancer you realise who your friends really are, who can talk to and trust,’ says Ross.

‘It shines very clearly in my head who I was happy to open up to help me through the darkest situation of my life – it was Andy.

‘If I needed five minutes for a chat, regardless of where Andy was in the world, he would make time for me. He has been incredible.’

Ross was told by doctors in December that he’d already had the disease for 18 months and that it had spread around his body, meaning he faced gruelling fortnightly chemotherapy.

He’s hoping that he’s now through the worst and was in the royal box to watch Andy‘s amazing play during Wimbledon 2013.

‘On court, people see that determination in him, but I know a different Andy. Family and friends are top of his list,’ Ross tells The Sun.

‘He cares for people. He has that love for people around him that is ever-present.’

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