Andy Murray Captures Wimbledon Title for Britain
By ROBERT PACE
July 07, 2013
Sunday's highly anticipated Wimbledon Men's Single Final between No.1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray ended with triumph for Murray, as he overcame the top-seeded Djokovic in a grueling three-hour match.
The 26-year-old British phenom, who was runner-up to the 2012 Wimbledon title after losing to dominant Swiss star Roger Federer, beat the 26-year-old Serbian 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 at London's Centre Court.
Murray made things interesting in the final stages of the match, relinquishing a 40-love lead in the final game, but finally pulled through with the triumphant victory when Djokovic's backhand failed to clear the net.
"That last game will be the toughest game I'll play in my career. Ever," Murray told The Associated Press. "Winning Wimbledon—I still can't believe it. Can't get my head around that. I can't believe it."
Murray's exultant win ends a 77-year drought for Britain in the annual tournament, which has been hosted in Britain since 1877. The last Brit to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry, who won his third-consecutive and final Wimbledon title in 1936.
A momentous day for Britain, the Royal Palace confirmed that Queen Elizabeth sent Murray a private message after he nabbed his first Wimbledon title.
Sunday's win was Murray's third-consecutive finals match-up against Djokovic, extending back to last year's U.S. Open, a title which Murray also claimed.
Murray also made history last summer when he became the first British champion of the Olympic Games, hosted in London, in over 100 years.