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Murray defeats Djokovic to become first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years

Staff Report • Jul 7, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Andy Murray defeated Serbian player Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to become the first British man to win Wimbeldon since 1936.

Murray made it to the Wimbledon finals last year, but lost to Roger Federer.

Murray won his second major title after last year's U.S. Open.

Murray and Djokovic played each other in a Grand Slam final for third time in the last four majors, with Murray winning the U.S. Open and Djokovic taking this year's Australian Open.

Djokovic, the top-seeded Serb who won the 2011 title at the All England Club, had won the last three matches between the two and still holds an 11-8 head-to-head edge.

The last British man to win the Wimbledon title before Sunday was Fred Perry in 1936.

The following is an update on the story from the Associated Press:

From the lawns of Wimbledon to the lochs of Scotland, all of Britain can celebrate.

Andy Murray made it possible Sunday, winning his country's hallowed tennis tournament to become the first British man in 77 years to raise the trophy at the All England Club.

Yes, this was history, and Murray's 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Novak Djokovic was a fitting close to nearly eight decades of British frustration in its own backyard: A straight-setter, yes, but a hard-fought, 3-hour, 9-minute affair filled with long, punishing rallies and a final game that may have felt like another 77 years, with Murray squandering three match points before finally putting it away after four deuces.

Certainly, the endgame must have felt like torture to the 15,000 watching on Centre Court, the thousands more watching on a big-screen TV on the grounds and, of course, the millions of British watching on TV.

"Imagine playing it," Murray said.

On a cloudless, 80-degree day on Centre Court, Murray put his name beside that of Fred Perry, the last British man to win Wimbledon, back in 1936.

Those words don't have to be written again.

The second-seeded Murray beat the best in Djokovic, a six-time Grand Slam winner known for both a mental and physical fitness built to handle what he faced Sunday: A crowd full of overheated partisans rooting against him, to say nothing of Murray himself.

"The atmosphere was incredible for him. For me, not so much, but this is what I expected," Djokovic said.

Since falling to Roger Federer in the final last year, Murray had shed some baggage by winning the Olympic gold medal on Centre Court, then following that with his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.

The loss in last year's Wimbledon final "was one of the toughest moments in my career, so to manage to win this tournament today," Murray said, letting the thought trail off.

When he finally wrapped it up, he let his racket fall to the turf, took his hat off and pumped his fist toward the crowd. Later, he climbed to the guest box where his girlfriend, Kim Sears, and his coach, Ivan Lendl, were among those sweating this out.

Born a week apart in May 1987 — Djokovic in Belgrade when it was part of Yugoslavia, and Murray in Glasgow, Scotland — these top two players are building the best tennis rivalry of the 2010s. This was their third meeting in the last four Grand Slam finals and all have been riveting affairs.

Djokovic went up a break in both the second and third sets and, both times, appeared to have grabbed at least a bit of control and quieted a crowd that included Prime Minister David Cameron.

But Murray dug out of both holes. In the second set, he set up break point with a sharply angled forehand that Djokovic couldn't handle, and the Serb responded with a double-fault, one of four on the day.

In the third set, Murray lost four straight games to fall behind 4-2, but got the break back and — eventually — closed it out by winning the last four games.

Trailing 5-4 in the third, Djokovic rushed out to the court after the break — a man who seemingly wanted to get it over with. Murray quickly went ahead 40-0 and it looked to be all but over. But the next few minutes felt like forever. Djokovic saved the first three championship points, then had three break opportunities of his own. Couldn't convert any. Then, finally, Murray put it away when Djokovic put a backhand in the net. A few minutes later, the 26-year-old Murray was kissing the trophy.

"I don't know how I managed to come through that final game, it was unbelievable, three match points,"Murray said. "I'm just so glad to finally do it."

Djokovic came into the match on the heels of a 4-hour, 43-minute semifinal victory over Juan Martin del Potro in similarly parched conditions.

"It took a lot out of me but I cannot look for excuses in the match two days ago," Djokovic said. "It went five hours and five sets but I've been in these situations before. I felt OK."

Indeed, he rarely wears out, but Murray and the linesmen succeeded in puncturing his typically calm demeanor.

Murray's withering groundstrokes and his patience from behind the line helped him take the first set. Then slowly, Djokovic shifted his strategy, mixing in drop shots with frequent trips to the net — neither of which are considered his specialty. He won 30 of 52 trips to the net, compared to 26 for 37 for his opponent.

"I lost crucial points at the net," Djokovic said. "You don't get many opportunities against him."

Djokovic also finished with 31 winners against 40 unforced errors — an uncommonly bad ratio for the world's top-ranked player — compared to 36 winners and 21 unforced errors by Murray.

Meanwhile, Djokovic found himself in an ongoing dialogue with chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani, as a number of close calls went against him. Djokovic had used up all three of his second-set challenges by the middle of the eighth game. At the end of that game, after another close call on the baseline went against him, Djokovic raised his hands toward the heavens, showing another trace of frustration that rarely hits him.


Men's Champions

2013 — Andy Murray

2012 — Roger Federer

2011 — Novak Djokovic

2010 — Rafael Nadal

2009 — Roger Federer

2008 — Rafael Nadal

2007 — Roger Federer

2006 — Roger Federer

2005 — Roger Federer

2004 — Roger Federer

2003 — Roger Federer

2002 — Lleyton Hewitt

2001 — Goran Ivanisevic

2000 — Pete Sampras

1999 — Pete Sampras

1998 — Pete Sampras

1997 — Pete Sampras

1996 — Richard Krajicek

1995 — Pete Sampras

1994 — Pete Sampras

1993 — Pete Sampras

1992 — Andre Agassi

1991 — Michael Stich

1990 — Stefan Edberg

1989 — Boris Becker

1988 — Stefan Edberg

1987 — Pat Cash

1986 — Boris Becker

1985 — Boris Becker

1984 — John McEnroe

1983 — John McEnroe

1982 — Jimmy Connors

1981 — John McEnroe

1980 — Bjorn Borg

1979 — Bjorn Borg

1978 — Bjorn Borg

1977 — Bjorn Borg

1976 — Bjorn Borg

1975 — Arthur Ashe

1974 — Jimmy Connors

1973 — Jan Kodes

1972 — Stan Smith

1971 — John Newcombe

1970 — John Newcombe

1969 — Rod Laver

1968 — Rod Laver

1967 — John Newcombe

1966 — Manolo Santana

1965 — Roy Emerson

1964 — Roy Emerson

1963 — Chuck McKinley

1962 — Rod Laver

1961 — Rod Laver

1960 — Neale Fraser

1959 — Alex Olmedo

1958 — Ashley Cooper

1957 — Lew Hoad

1956 — Lew Hoad

1955 — Tony Trabert

1954 — Jaroslav Drobny

1953 — Vic Seixas

1952 — Frank Sedgman

1951 — Dick Savitt

1950 — Budge Patty

1949 — Ted Schroeder

1948 — Bob Falkenburg

1947 — Jack Kramer

1946 — Yvon Petra

1940-45 — No tournament, World War II

1939 — Bobby Riggs

1938 — Don Budge

1937 — Don Budge

1936 — Fred Perry

1935 — Fred Perry

1934 — Fred Perry

1933 — Jack Crawford

1932 — Ellsworth Vines

1931 — Sidney Wood

1930 — Bill Tilden

1929 — Henri Cochet

1928 — Rene Lacoste

1927 — Henri Cochet

1926 — Jean Borotra

1925 — Rene Lacoste

1924 — Jean Borotra

1923 — Bill Johnston

1922 — Gerald Patterson

1921 — Bill Tilden

1920 — Bill Tilden

1919 — Gerald Patterson

1915-18 — No tournament, World War I

1914 — Norman Brookes

1913 — Tony Wilding

1912 — Tony Wilding

1911 — Tony Wilding

1910 — Tony Wilding

1909 — Arthur Gore

1908 — Arthur Gore

1907 — Norman Brookes

1906 — Laurie Doherty

1905 — Laurie Doherty

1904 — Laurie Doherty

1903 — Laurie Doherty

1902 — Laurie Doherty

1901 — Arthur Gore

1900 — Reggie Doherty

1899 — Reggie Doherty

1898 — Reggie Doherty

1897 — Reggie Doherty

1896 — Harold Mahoney

1895 — Wilfred Baddeley

1894 — Joshua Pim

1893 — Joshua Pim

1892 — Wilfred Baddeley

1891 — Wilfred Baddeley

1890 — Willoughby Hamilton

1889 — Willie Renshaw

1888 — Ernest Renshaw

1887 — Herbert Lawford

1886 — Willie Renshaw

1885 — Willie Renshaw

1884 — Willie Renshaw

1883 — Willie Renshaw

1882 — Willie Renshaw

1881 — Willie Renshaw

1880 — John Hartley

1879 — John Hartley

1878 — Frank Hadow

1877 — Spencer Gore

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