On Sunday afternoon, No. 2 Andy Murray knocked off the former No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, ending the 77 years drought of British Wimbledon champion.
Scotland’s Murray, 26, is the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry won the last of three consecutive in 1936.
“I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon so I hope you enjoyed it,” Murray told the crowd after the match.
At last year’s U.S. Open, Murray beat Serbia’s Djokovic in five sets. Moreover, he won last year’s Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon, and ran his unbeaten string on grass to 18-0.
“I can’t believe I managed to do it … that last game very challenging,” said Murray. “Probably hardest points I’ve had to play in my life.”
Meeting in their fourth major final, the world’s top two players exchanged consecutive sets of intense rallies, with a few reaching 30 shots or more.
At the Centre Court, nearly 15,000 fans and thousands more watching the big screen from the grounds watched as Murray defeated Djokovic.
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