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Wimbledon 2013
London, England

Mens Final

Murray v Djokovic



Murray ends Britains 77 year wait for a British champion in thrilling win over Djokovic


Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion with a hard-fought victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.

History was made at the famous All England Club on a day that will live long in the memory. Both men had to play in temperatures that were close to 50 degrees C. On the hottest day of the year.

Murray, stretching emotions to the limit, needed four match points to break the resistance of the toughest fighter in tennis and said afterwards: "I have no idea what happened. I don't know how long it was. Sorry."

The Scot, 26, converted his fourth championship point in a dramatic final game to win 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 and claim his second major title.

In an atmosphere reminiscent of his Olympic final win last summer, Murray was willed on by the majority of the 15,000 spectators on Centre Court, thousands watching on the nearby big screen and millions more
around the country.

The final breath-taking game was a battle in itself, with Murray seeing three match points slip by from 40-0 and fending off three Djokovic break points with some fearless hitting, before the Serb netted a backhand to end the contest. The gripping contest which had the country on the edge of their seats was over.

After a gruelling three hours 10 minutes in searing temperatures, Murray had finally followed in the footsteps of Fred Perry's 1936 win at the All England Club.

Perry used to leap over the net in celebration, but Britain's new champion roared in delight before sinking to his knees on the turf.

Murray then headed into the stands to celebrate with his family and support team, moments later parading the trophy around Centre Court.

He could barely believe he had won saying: "It feels slightly different to last year. Last year was one of the toughest moments of my career, so to manage to win the tournament today...

"It was an unbelievably tough match, so many long games."

He later tweeted:  "Can't believe what's just happened!!!!!!!"

And he gathered his thoughts in a BBC TV interview telling Sue Barker: "It was tough speaking after the match. There are a lot of people who have worked with me over the last 10 or 15 years or so.

"I didn't know what to do with myself. The noise levels during the whole match were just incredible."

The Dunblane native becomes Scotland's first Wimbledon singles champion since Harold Mahony in 1896.










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