London 7 July
Amidst soaring on-court temperatures, Andy Murray ended Britain’s 77-year drought at Wimbledon, becoming the nation’s first male singles winner since Fred Perry in 1936.
Murray, 26, defeated the world No.1, Novak Djokovic, in straight sets to win his second Grand Slam title after the US Open last year. A beaten finalist against Roger Federer at Wimbledon 12 months ago Murray this time seized the day.
Amid almost unbearable tension and excitement Djokovic saved three match points in a seemingly interminable final game before finally netting to hand Murray victory by 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
The nerves that gripped the stadium in those final minutes during Murray’s straight-sets victory seemed a world away when Murray began with the ease of a man knocking up in his back garden winning the opening three points to win a trio of break points during the first set. He went on to claim the set 6-4.
After winning the second set 7-5, Murray was on the verge on history at 5-4 during the third set.
In the blink of an eye three match points arrived. Djokovic saved one, saved two. Nerves tingled. An ace was prematurely acclaimed as the winner, but the service was long. Djokovic then saved the third match point. Deuce.
There were three more deuces before Murray finally forced another match point. This time he could not be denied. The waiting was over. the independent