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article imageMurray wins Wimbledon in three set thriller

By Amanda Payne     Jul 7, 2013 in Sports
London - For 77 years, Britain has been waiting and finally on Centre Court at Wimbledon, today Sunday July 7, Andy Murray gave them what they had longed for, a British Men's Champion.
Andy Murray, born in Dunblane, Scotland stepped out onto a packed Centre Court at Wimbledon for the Men's Singles Finals to a roar of approval from the crowd. Up against him was the World Number 1, Serbian Novak Djokovic, who had fought his way through the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history against Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina.
The temperature on court was 40 degrees Centigrade, an almost unheard of thing in a tennis championship famous mainly for it's rain delays and strawberries and cream. Neither player was willing to let the grass grow under their feet however, with both launching into the match with everything they had from the very first ball.
The 15,000 spectators in the stands, who included the likes of Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and a plethora of celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Scottish Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and many more were joined by huge crowds who had camped out for days for a spot on 'Henman Hill', where a giant screen allowed them to watch the match, and millions of television viewers around the world.
Murray started as he meant to go on, winning the first set 6-4. But Djokovic isn't world number one for nothing. He fought back bravely in the second set, with incredible rallies that left the crowd on the edge of their seat. It became clear, however, that he was not at the peak of his performance. Still he battled on, reaching 4-1 against Murray. The 26-year-old Scot wasn't giving in. He somehow managed to scramble back into the set, winning it 7-5.
Suddenly the British crowds began to realise that they were watching history in the making. Every point was greeted with cheers or groans as the match progressed. Both players put their all into their tennis. The final game was torture for the spectators as Murray lost three points, taking it to deuce. Djokavic manged to get three break points, but each time, Murray somehow found a way to stay in the set.
In the end, the final point went to Murray as Djokovic sent a backhander into the net. For a second the crowd could not believe what they were seeing, then Wimbledon erupted in a roar of joy. Murray himself looked shocked as if he couldn't believe what he had just managed to do. His parents, girlfriend and friends were jumping, screaming and crying. Even his inscrutable coach, Ivan Lendl manged a smile.
Andy Murray has become the first Brit in 77 years to win the men s singles title at Wimbledon
Andy Murray has become the first Brit in 77 years to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon
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Murray clambered up to their box, having first asked permission from referee Andrew Jarrett, and hugged everyone in joy. His girlfriend, Kim Sears, dressed in a pretty mint green lacy dress was crying and Andy's mother Judy, who has been a constant support to him and his older brother, Jamie, was totally overcome.
Then it was back down onto the court for the presentation of the trophy, last held by a British man when Fred Perry lifted it in 1936. He told the waiting media, "I don't know how I came through the final three points, I'm so glad to do it. I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon and I hope everyone enjoyed it." Less than two hours following the incredible final, Murray took to Twitter to say "Can't believe what's just happened!!!!!!!"
Across Britain and further afield, ecstatic fans cheered and whistled, perhaps the most ecstatic being those in the town of Dunblane, Scotland where the now Wimbledon Champion grew up and first began to play the game of tennis.
The 2013 Wimbledon Men's Singles Final was one for the history books and will live long in the memory of those who watched it. Well done, Andy Murray!
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