Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

By Karen Touma ( @Karen Touma )

Andy Murray has defeated world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to become the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years.

It was Murray’s second grand slam title to follow on from breakthrough victory at the US Open in 2012.

The Scot had the support of the crowd behind him as he served out the match after Djokovic had fought off three championship points.

The pair looked to struggle in the 40 degree heat and despite Djokovic’s leads of 4-1 in the second set and 4-2 in the third, he was out-played by Murray with the stats revealing 36 winners to 31, with 21 unforced errors to the Serb’s 40 and 17 break points.

“That was one of the toughest moments. Today was an unbelievably tough match,” Murray said in a courtside interview after lifting the trophy.

“I don’t know how I came through the final three points. I’m so glad to do it.”

“I have played Novak many times and when everyone finishes playing, he will go down as one of the fighters.

Murray felt the pressure from the Nation to perform in front of his home crowd with Fred Perry being the last British man to win at Wimbledon in 1936.

“It’s really hard. For the last four or five years, it’s been very, very tough, very stressful, a lot of pressure,” Murray said.

“It’s just kind of everywhere you go.

“It’s so hard to avoid everything because of how big this event is but also because of the history and no Brit having won.

“I think I felt a little bit better this year than I did last year but it’s not easy.

“I think now it will become easier. I hope it will. I hope it will.”

A worn looking Djokovic admitted the semi-final epic had taken its toll on his performance at the grand final.

“I cannot look for excuses but yes the previous match went almost five hours, five sets,” Djokovic said.

“I felt OK but maybe physically I didn’t have enough gas in the important moments.

“But he (Murray) played fantastic tennis, no question about it. He deserved to win.”

Andy Murray’s road to Wimbledon title

First round: beat Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Second round: beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-3, 7-5
Third round: beat Tommy Robredo (32) 6-2, 6-4, 7-5
Fourth round: beat Mikhail Youzhny (20) 6-4, 7-6, 6-1
Quarter-final: beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5
Semi-final: beat Jerzy Janowicz (24) 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
Final: beat Novak Djokovic (1) 6-4, 7-5, 6-4


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