Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon, thus ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion with a victory over the world’s best tennis player Novak Djokovic.
The sportsman became the first British to win Wimbeldon, since Fred Perry won the last of three in a row in 1936.
Murray’s victory was one of those moments that will forever be in a glow of palpable warmth, from the crowd and the skies above the opened roof of Centre Court.
Andy needed four match points to break the resistance of the toughest fighter in tennis and said afterwards: “I have no idea what happened. I don’t know how long it was. Sorry.”
But he has nothing to be sorry for. As The Guardian writes, “All that counted in the end were the numbers and they should be etched in the national psyche alongside those that football left us: 4-2 and 1966.”
“After just three hours and nine minutes – way quicker than nearly anyone expected – Murray beat Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. Now we can say for a little while yet that the last British player to win the men’s singles championship at Wimbledon was Andy Murray, the first one, too, in shorts.”
Djokovic was as gracious as he uually is. “The bottom line [is] he was the better player in decisive moments,” the Serb said.
“He was getting some incredible points on the stretch, running down the drop shots all over the court. He played fantastic tennis, no question. I believed I could come back but it wasn’t my day.”
Meanwhile, the winner couldn’t belive in his own success. He took to Twitter to share his emotions, writing: “Can’t believe what’s just happened!!!!!!!”
He later gave a BBC TV interview telling Sue Barker: “It was tough speaking after the match. There are a lot of people who have worked with me over the last 10 or 15 years or so.”
“I didn’t know what to do with myself. The noise levels during the whole match were just incredible,” Murray added.
Andy, who also won the 2012 Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon, ran his unbeaten string on grass to 18-0 since.
“I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon so I hope you enjoyed it,” Murray told the crowd at Centre Court, where the year before he broke down into tears in his on-court interview. “I tried my best.”
He went on, adding: “I have played in a lot of Slam finals, all against Roger or Novak. Roger is probably the greatest player ever, Novak is one of the mentally strongest ever. I never had experience on my side, to beat him was so tough, it was such a tough match.”
Murray skipped the French Open with a bad back. He later ran his record in Grand Slam finals to 2-5. He lost to Djokovic in January in the Australian Open final. Djokovic fell to 6-5.