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Murray ends 77-year agony

2013-07-07 18:32

London - Andy Murray ended Britain's agonising 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion on Sunday when he destroyed world number one Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the blistering heat of the All England Club.

The 26-year-old became the country's first male winner since Fred Perry in 1936, the year the Spanish Civil War started, Jesse Owens defied Hitler at the Berlin Olympics and Gone With The Wind was published.

It was Murray's second Grand Slam title to follow his breakthrough triumph at the US Open in 2012 which followed his Olympic gold medal as well as a heartbreaking, tearful loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

However, Sunday's title showdown, between two men who have now contested three of the last four Grand Slam finals, rarely lived up to expectations.

Both struggled in the stifling 40-degree heat and the top-seeded Serb, who had beaten Murray in the Australian Open final in January, looked jaded after his record four hour 43-minute semi-final victory over Juan Martin del Potro.

And despite leads of 4-1 in the second set and 4-2 in the third, he was out-hit by Murray who finished with 36 winners to 31, with 21 unforced errors to the Serb's 40 and having carved out 17 break points.

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

"He did the same today and that is what made it tough. I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon and I hope everyone enjoyed it.

"My team have stuck by me through some tough moments. This one is for Ivan (Lendl, his coach) as well, I know he did everything to try to win this one when he was playing. He's fantastic, he's been patient and I thank him."

Djokovic, who lost in straight sets at a Grand Slam for the first time since the semi-finals at Wimbledon three years ago, praised Murray.

"It wasn't easy. Andy deserves the win, he played incredible tennis. Congratulations to him and his whole team and the country, I know what it means to you all," said the Serb.

"It makes the success even bigger as I am aware of the pressure he gets. There are always lots of expectations on him to win this tournament. It's a great achievement."

Inside a baking Centre Court, and watched by Victoria Beckham, Wayne Rooney as well as Hollywood stars Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper, the first point of the match was a punishing 20 strokes.

Murray, who has played in the final of his last four majors, had break points in the first and third games, with the Scot finally pouncing on his seventh for a 2-1 lead.

Djokovic levelled at 2-2 but Murray was the more aggressive, positive man and broke to love for a 4-3 edge firing almost four times as many winners than the top-seeded Serb.

Murray saved three break points for a 5-3 lead but Djokovic was furious that umpire Mohamed Lahyani had called a ball out at 30-40 while allowing play to continue with the Scot going to deuce.

The British second seed took the opener 6-4 after 59 minutes with a love service game, having hit 17 winners to six and with only six unforced errors to the world number one's 17.

Murray wasn't getting complacent -- he had won the the first set of the pair's last three meetings and still lost the match.

Djokovic was obviously aware of the history, speeding into a 4-1 lead with two more marathon rallies of 30 and 32 shots.

But Murray roared back to 4-4 in a final which, despite its punishing hitting, still felt flat.

Djokovic, however, was becoming increasingly frustrated and in his fog of anxiety, Murray mugged him for a break to lead 6-5 and went two sets to the good at 7-5.

Murray had only lost once when two sets up and that was in the Wimbledon third round in 2005 against David Nalbandian, his debut year when he was a rookie 18-year-old.

A break in the second game of the third set gave Murray a 2-0 lead before Djokovic suddenly raced away with the next four games for a 4-2 lead.

But terrier Murray reclaimed the break in the seventh game and levelled in the eighth with a running, curled forehand off a Djokovic drop.

It was almost over.

Djokovic, in his 11th Grand Slam final and chasing a seventh major, was broken for 4-5 before the British star, with the crowd on their feet, wasted three match points.

He finally achieved his place in history when Djokovic netted a backhand after three hours and nine minutes of action.

AFP

Comments
  • Nico Maponya - 2013-07-07 18:36

    This Scotish guy is awesome....he plays well.He aint British..

      Kirchner Van Deventer - 2013-07-07 18:41

      Correction, he is British, but he isn't English.

      Paul Botha - 2013-07-07 18:49

      Nico equals retard .

      Neil Moorgas - 2013-07-07 18:50

      Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales which makes him British as he is from Scotland.

      Sean Bagley - 2013-07-07 19:03

      Watch die Engelse weer aangaan met dominasie praat of iets en hoe goed hulle is as 'n nasie soos toe hulle die rugby wêreld beker in 2003 gewen het. All you could hear on commentary today is Fred Perry this and Fred Perry that and what is 100 years or something since that biscuit last won it.Still well played Murray boy,even though those line judges made sure you got most of the 50/50 line out calls and the umpire making sure the points going in your favor.

      Keith Ngobeni - 2013-07-07 20:06

      @KALAWA That's how the poms media operates, so biased to the extent that good deeds are only done or exists in Westminster, a year or two years ago when there was RIOTS across England particularly London, the BBC was saying riots across the United Kingdom, and in Scotland, Wales and northern Ireland there was nothing at all riots wise, they only changed the headlines when Alex salmond call them and complained that they were scaring tourists to come to Scotland cause of their reporting.

      Johnny Lamont - 2013-07-07 20:49

      England, Scotland and Wales have separate national governing bodies for many sports, and compete separately in many international sporting competitions. Northern Ireland has a separate governing body for association football but forms joint all-Ireland sporting bodies with the Republic of Ireland for most sports. Murray is a Scott and therefor British.

  • Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-07-07 18:37

    Best English player of his generation

      Honeya Badger - 2013-07-07 18:40

      He's english are you sure?

      Daniel Nunes - 2013-07-07 18:41

      He's not english but if you say he is...not that it matters though, the english will celebrate as if he is!

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-07-07 18:44

      He is from Britain so he must be English. More handsome than his blonde brother

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-07-07 19:03

      Suicide watch for Tom Herman.

      Vuurwarm Tannie - 2013-07-07 19:13

      *Tim Henman

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-07-07 19:20

      Who is that? Tom has a hill named after him - Herman hill. Wonder when they will come up with Murray mountain or n

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-07-07 19:47

      Never knew there were two mountains at Wimbledon - Herman hill and Murray mound

      Sean Read Crisp - 2013-07-07 22:02

      Bafana, Britain is made up of Eng, Scot, Wales and Northern Ire. And he's from Scot. So he is British, but not English.

  • Andre Bosch - 2013-07-07 18:37

    "So the Welsh Lions beat Australia, the Scotsman Murray won Wimbledon. What are the English bringing to make it a GREAT Britian? ;)

      Honeya Badger - 2013-07-07 18:47

      @Mandy Smith. You gotta be kidding right? And you are actually watch enough soccer to come to that conclusion?

      Paul Botha - 2013-07-07 18:52

      Who cares you muppet.

      Leigh-Ann Ludwig - 2013-07-07 18:55

      The Ashes - hopefully another Aussie series defeat!

      Gary Hirson - 2013-07-07 18:57

      Fish and Chips

      Pieter Greef - 2013-07-07 19:00

      alrighty Mandy, and just how many english players are in that league?

      Vuurwarm Tannie - 2013-07-07 19:14

      Badger you chop!

      Keith Ngobeni - 2013-07-07 19:45

      They bring nothing that's why Alex salmond wants to end this union thing and make Scotland a Republic, from all the countries that makes up United Kingdom, Scotland is the one generating more revenue than England, Wales and northern Ireland, and Scotland is also a wealthiest country than it's 'union friends' for example the one of the largest oil reserves in Europe is the north sea which is situated in the north east of Scotland/Aberdeenshire.

      Joe Zwarts - 2013-07-07 20:26

      @Keith Ngobeni. I don't know what Murry winning and Scottish independence has to do with each other. But please go and sit down and educate yourself (and no Wikipedia does not count read a real book) GDP of the U.K last year was $2.44 trillion. Scotland GDP was 216 billion i.e about 8% of the total UK GDP. I don't know where you got your facts but by the official figures you are very wrong.

      Mike Hahn - 2013-07-07 21:17

      He is still a brat. No character whatsoever. Spoilt conceited arrogant.

      Keith Ngobeni - 2013-07-07 23:35

      @joe zwarts! It's you who needs to be educated, I still stand with what I said before, Scotland is a wealthiest country than it's union friends, and they also brings in a huge purse than England, Wales and northern Ireland, this information was released by the SNP government and is still at the holyrood, if you ever get a chance to visit Edinburgh go to the holyrood to see that information by yourself, lastly I don't think the SNP could lie to the people of Scotland About what it is contributing in the unions purse.

      Ryan Lockwood - 2013-07-08 11:10

      Keith, you are so wrong it's not even funny. Would you please provide some hard facts to back up your assertion that Scotland is the wealthiest component of the union? I have visited Scotland (and Edinburgh) more times than you have had hot dinners, and never recall seeing any information that backs up your point. It is commonly known and acknowledged that England subsidises Scotland, and has done for many years. Google "Barnet Formula" and have a read. If you believe what the SNP tell you then you are not only ill-informed, you are gullible too.

  • Bobbie Booyse - 2013-07-07 18:37

    Amazing! Very well done Murray!

      Rob Heath - 2013-07-08 11:54

      Yes very well done china !!

  • Honeya Badger - 2013-07-07 18:45

    agh yikes! I was rooting for the Joker. Ah well I will just crawl back into my hole a weep a little.

  • Jane Dawson - 2013-07-07 18:49

    Best British player

  • Gunner ZN - 2013-07-07 18:53

    Wow!! that mouth of Murray's girl

      Ryan Lockwood - 2013-07-08 11:11

      It has it's attractions

  • Leigh-Ann Ludwig - 2013-07-07 18:59

    Great Scot. The bagpipes will be in full force tonight! Great tournament Andy. Henman Hill should now be renamed Murray Mound.

  • Athalia Maabane - 2013-07-07 19:04

    Just happy for the chap. Felt touched when he was tearful after having lost to Federer last year. He has improved his game, therefore, congrats and well done to him.

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-07-07 19:09

    Excellent!! Give the man a Bell's!! Oh no, he will be celebrating with Sushi! :-)

  • Sean Tearnan - 2013-07-07 19:23

    Murray you Beauty

  • Mandla Sibanda - 2013-07-07 19:32

    congrats

  • Mandla Sibanda - 2013-07-07 19:32

    congrats

  • Pieter Greef - 2013-07-07 19:35

    good on you mate! now just watch how the english (who suck at all sports) try to claim you for themselves

      Rob Heath - 2013-07-08 11:59

      --- @Pieter -another pathetic loser who can't get rid of his negative prejudices.

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-07-07 19:48

    What happened to the big servers of the game? The guys seem to lose their serving games more frequently these days and that has mostly to do with the serving not being up to scratch. Apart from that, Djokovich could hardly get a first serve in whole match.

      Johnny Lamont - 2013-07-07 20:43

      The advancement in racquets, new larger heads and carbon frames etc make it much easier to return, remember Connors and McEnroe with the small headed wooden frames? Was almost impossible to return a good serve. The serve and volley game evolved into a base line game.

  • Vuurwarm Tannie - 2013-07-07 20:01

    Hollywood in da house!!!!!!

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-07-07 20:01

    Muffay!

  • Kobus Lourens - 2013-07-07 20:07

    I am no Murray fan, but he deserved that one! He played as if his life depended on it, there were some shots he made that even Djok thought he could not reach

  • Tshembo Papa-hluke Mathonsi - 2013-07-07 20:38

    That was some thrilling perfance

  • Mweli Soni - 2013-07-07 20:50

    He'll probably be Sir Andy Murray by the beginning of next year.

      Vuurwarm Tannie - 2013-07-07 23:41

      Sommer volgende week boeta!

  • Vusi Mpela - 2013-07-07 20:58

    Soon to be Scotish winners, not British...

  • Mihla Sithole - 2013-07-07 21:07

    oh gosh...i need anti-depressants and johnie walker blue lable.I gues now he is British coz he won,but he is Scotish when he loses

      Mike Hahn - 2013-07-07 21:19

      Like their 1966 World Cup winners. Still think they kings of soccer.

      Ryan Lockwood - 2013-07-08 11:12

      Still better than your lot Mike!!!!!

  • Mike Hahn - 2013-07-07 21:14

    Hope Murray thanked Del Porto as well. Novak looked tired and made so many unforced errors. Semi final really tired him out.

  • John Connely - 2013-07-07 21:29

    He will most probably become Sir Andy Murray...haha!

  • Keith Ngobeni - 2013-07-07 23:21

    @joe zwarts it's you mate who needs to educate yourself, what I said about Scotland bringing more revenues than their union friends is not a fiction, the report was released by the SNP government and if you ever come to Edinburgh visit holyrood mate the information is there, lastly Scotland North Sea oil earnings brings around £15billion to the unions purse, not mentioning the other resources that Scotland has, there's no way the SNP government could lie to the Scottish people about the wealth of their country and also the revenues it is contributing towards the union.

      Ryan Lockwood - 2013-07-08 11:13

      Propaganda! Look that word up Keith!! Also look up "distorted information to accomplish political ends"

  • Siya Dlulane - 2013-07-08 05:49

    Murray is the most undeserving Wimbledon Champ EVER.He had such a piss easy route to the final.Thanks to so many injuries & a few shock defeats to top seeded players, Murray didn't have to play any player ranked in the top 20 before the final.Add? to this, Novak played the worst match I've ever seen from him.Its one thing to claim that Murray was putting pressure on him, but in this instance, he was making unforced errors.He made so many double faults?Hate to say it, but the match seemed fixed.

      Rob Heath - 2013-07-08 12:03

      Siya - this is not SA rugby dude hey !!??

  • Flynn Govender - 2013-07-08 07:31

    Murray deserved the win yesterday! Novac was outplayed and out supported in yesterday final

  • Abdullah Jassat - 2013-07-08 07:44

    this game was rigged. thats why novak djorkavic never looked upset at all! even murrays excitement was so little. I mean he even forgot to greet his mother!

  • Fidel Chigo - 2013-07-08 08:42

    It was well deservd win,he had workd so hard 4 dis. Murray cries 4 d Wembledon trophy no more...

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