Murray Defeats Djokovic to Win First Wimbledon Title

by John on July 7, 2013

Murray Wimbledon

Andy Murray won his second Grand Slam and became the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years this afternoon, defeating top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on a sun-splashed, steamy Centre Court at the All England Club. Fred Perry was the last Englishman to hoist the trophy at SW19 when he captured his third consecutive Wimbledon crown in 1936. Murray won his first major in September when he defeated Djokovic for the U.S. Open title, but since had lost to the Serb three straight times, including this year’s four-set loss in the Australian Open final. The victory softens the heartache Murray, seeded No. 2, suffered in defeat to Roger Federer in his first Wimbledon final a year ago. “It feels slightly different to last year,” Murray joked on court. “Last year was one of the toughest moments of my career.” The first game of the match perhaps foretold what was to come: a battle royal. Djokovic fell behind 0-40 on his serve, and struggled to hold. Nole looked sluggish at the outset, the effects of his 4-hour, 43-minute classic semifinal battle with Juan Martin del Potro on Friday maybe showing. Murray’s semifinal win over Jerzy Janowicz had been far easier. After holding, Murray broke serve, but was broken back. The Scotsman got the crucial break in the seventh game to take the opening set. Djokovic raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set, courtesy of a break in the fourth game. Murray then dug in and parlayed breaks in the seventh and 11th games to take a two-set advantage. After dropping his serve in the first game of the third set and falling behind 2-0, Djokovic won four games in a row to cause Murray some serious concern. But the Scot steadied once again, breaking twice, to serve for the championship at 5-4. Murray jumped to a 40-0 lead, squandered three championship points, saved three break points, then won it on the fourth championship point when Djokovic hit a back hand into the net. “It was a tough match and an unbelievably long final game,” Murray said. “I don’t know how I managed to come through. I’m just so glad. I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon. I tried my best. I’ve played Novak many times. He’s going to go down as one of the biggest fighters. That made it extra tough. I just managed to squeeze through in the end.” Murray improved to 8-11 against Djokovic and 2-5 in Grand Slam finals. “Congratulations to Andy. He absolutely deserved this win,” Djokovic said. “He played incredible tennis. Congratulations to his team, I know how much it means to them, all of you guys and the whole country.” Murray won seven of 17 break points, Djokovic four of 13.



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