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Finally Murray: Wimbledon 2013 goes out on a dizzy high

by Nicholas McCarvel
Sunday 7 July 2013

How about we don't wait another 77 years before another British man wins Wimbledon, yes? Andy Murray did just that on Sunday, nearly eight decades after Fred Perry won his last of three titles at The Championships in 1936. But how did it happen on Sunday? And what else happened?!

Match of the Day [2] Andy Murray def. [1] Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
Perhaps least expected of all things on this day was the scoreline: Who would have thought either player - Murray or Djokovic - would win this match in three sets? But Murray was made to work for it, trading long, line-painting rallies that often stretched over 20 and 30 strokes a piece. Murray claimed the first set by maintaining a break lead, but fell behind 4-1 in the second. Like he had done against Jerzy Janowicz in the semi-finals, the world No.1 rallied, however, counterpunching against the Djokovic game that is the epitome of defensive tennis. Murray chose his offence well to close the set, breaking and then holding at love, serving an ace to take a two-sets-to-love lead. Djokovic would surge again in the final set, going up 4-2 after trailing 2-0. But surprisingly, that would be all the six-time major champion could produce. Murray broke back, then held and broke. The final game was anything but easy, Murray denied championship point three times before holding off Djokovic's own break points. He ended with a serve-and-forehand combo, Djokovic blasting a backhand into the net and handing Britain its first home-grown champion in, yes, 77 years.

Upset of the Day: [8] Daniel Nestor/Kristina Mladenovic def. [1] Bruno Soares/Lisa Raymond 5-7, 6-2, 8-6
Weeks after they fell in the French Open final, the newly-formed pair of Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic fought off championship points to win the mixed doubles title over the No.1 team of Bruno Soares and Lisa Raymond. At 5-4 in the third set Mladenovic faced two match points on her serve, but overcame them as she and her Canadian team-mate broke two games later and then saw out the set, winning the last match of The Championships 2013.

Honorary Match(es) of the Day
There were other titles won around the grounds on Sunday, including the completion of the junior events. Gianluigi Quinzi beat Hyeon Chung for the boys' title, a first for Italy since 1987. Elsewhere, Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova won the junior girls' doubles crown and Nick Kyrgios/Thansai Kokkinakis were the boys' doubles champs.

Stat of the Day
Say it again! Say it 77 more times. Murray's win is the first by a British man at Wimbledon in singles since Fred Perry won the title here in 1936. Virginia Wade was the last Briton to win in singles before Murray, doing so in 1977.

Quote of the Day
"I understand how much everyone else wanted to see British winner. I hope you enjoyed it, I tried my best" - Andy Murray on the British public wanting him to win

"I know how much this means to him, his team and to his country. That makes his success even bigger. There are a lot of expectations on him. After being in the finals, he comes up with a championship run. I gave it my all, but it wasn't enough." -Novak Djokovic after his loss

Tweets of the Day
It was a privilege to watch @Andy_Murray making history at #Wimbledon, and making Britain proud.

— British PM David Cameron (@David_Cameron)

Can't believe what's just happened!!!!!!!

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray)

Pretty sure @andy_murray might have to change his twitter name to @sirandymurray ...... Well played and deserved!

— Andy Roddick (@andyroddick)

Take a day off tomorrow, people. In fact, take the week off. #murray #wimbledon #finally

— Parody account of the Her Majesty the Queen (@Queen_UK)


Right... and other things happened. Namely a jam-packed Royal Box, which included British Prime Minister David Cameron, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, the Duke of Kent, Tracy Austin, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Greg Rusedski, Stan Smith as well as Victoria Beckham, actors Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper, football star Wayne Rooney and golf champion Justin Rose.

Video of the Day: Watch Andy Murray's winner's speech on Centre Court

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