20:24...But boy, it was a barrow-load of fun. I hope you enjoyed it even half as much as we did. Thank you for all your messages throughout, you've been the glue holding us together as the edges frayed amid the madness. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for us Brits to raise a toast to Andy Murray and Fred Perry. British sporting legends both.
20:19It was the wackiest of Wimbledons with the most unlikely of headline-makers: Sergiy Stakhovsky, Steve Darcis, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Kimiko-Date Krumm, Jerzy Janowicz, Sabine Lisicki, Marion Bartoli...
20:19And that was the final point of The Championships 2013.
20:14Mladenovic nets a volley on the first match point but Nestor puts the ball away on the second and after saving two match points, the France/Canada pairing claim the title.
20:10Nestor and Mladenovic break the next game and they will serve for the title...
20:04Kristina Mladenovic is pumping her fist after she and Daniel Nestor save two championship points to level the set at 6-6 against Soares/Raymond.
19:58It's a mixed doubles epic on Centre where they're level at 5-5 in the third set. Just an hour of light left. Will we need the roof?!
19:51This'll bring Britain down to earth with a bump: Thomas Enqvist and Mark Philippoussis have just beaten Greg Rusedski and Fabrice Santoro 7-6, 6-3 to win the Gentlemen's Invitational Doubles. Earlier Pat Cash and Mark Woodforde beat Jeremy Bates and Anders Jarryd in straight sets to win the Seniors title.
19:46"It's a big dilemma for me because I never wear dresses, but I'm prepared to put one on now my son has won the Wimbledon title."
19:41BBC showing footage from inside the dressing room at Wimbledon where Andy Murray was soaked in champagne by one of his team. He even managed to take a swig of it - even though he says he doesn't like it. After the US Open, he said he had so much champagne he accidentally cleaned his teeth with face cream...
19:38"What a day @Wimbledon. Awesome to just be around it. Amazing atmosphere to see their guy win!"
19:33Murray says he dreamt about the Wimbledon final last night - but that he was playing Radek Stepanek or Denis Kudla. Wimbledon's been wacky...but not that wacky.
19:31"The noise was unbelievable, like at the Olympics. It was the best atmosphere I've ever played in at [The Championships] that's for sure."
19:27Andy Murray is now in the BBC studio with Sue Barker, revealing that he has hit a brick wall. "I did press and went for doping and it just hit me. I just got so, so tired so quickly. And I've got a long night ahead of me..."
19:20Has The Queen announced the bank holiday tomorrow yet? Surely a once-in-77-years occurrence deserves it...
19:19"@andy_murray great effort! What a win!!all GB should be proud !!"
19:15Into a third set on Centre where Mladenovic/Nestor level the match. That means we get a bit more Wimbledon 2013 to enjoy. Yay!
19:04"Andy Murray, you champion, well done son"
19:00"I was staring in the direction of quite a few of the guys in the press (smiling). I think, yeah, there's a subconscious part of me...obviously I've had a difficult relationship at times over the years. The last few years have been much better. I mean, I know for you guys it's important that I win this tournament. You know, I tried. Obviously tried my best. I worked as hard as I could to do it. Yeah, I wasn't thinking before the match point if I win this I'm going to look at the press, but I finished the point and, yeah, that was just what my eyes were kind of fixed on."
18:53Maybe Andy Murray's watching the mixed doubles final where Bruno Soares and Lisa Raymond have just taken the first set 7-5 against Nestor/Mladenovic.
18:46"Can't believe what's just happened!!!!!!!"
18:38"It will be nice. She's a very, very nice girl. I've spent little bits of time with her over the last few years. She works extremely hard. You know, a lot of people kind of questioned her sort of methods, the ways that she plays. I was really, really happy for her that she managed to win yesterday. I'm sure she'll be good fun tonight. She's a funny girl."
18:32"Just landed,so sad to miss this historic moment!!well done sir @andy_murray !!!"
18:29It is now one hour since Britain last had a men's singles champion at Wimbledon... But the tennis continues with the mixed doubles final. It's top seeds Lisa Raymond and Bruno Soares against No.8 seeds Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic.
18:18"It was a privilege to watch @Andy_Murray making history at #Wimbledon, and making Britain proud."
18:16Andy Murray has been applauded into the press conference room. And now he's being asked if he's aware that he's the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title wearing shorts...
18:12"The bottom line is that he was a better player in decisive moments. Both second and third sets, I was 4-2 up and dropped the serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason. I mean, he was getting some incredible shots on the stretch and running down the drop shots. He was all over the court. He played fantastic tennis, no question about it. He deserved to win. Me, you know, I should have played better in the decisive moments."
18:11"Pretty sure @andy_murray might have to change his twitter name to @sirandymurray ...... Well played and deserved!"
18:08"Andy Murray ends Wimbledon curse on Brits with some outstanding tennis. Congratulations - and also to Ivan Lendl for a job well done."
18:06"The Queen has sent a private message to Andy Murray following his Wimbledon victory."
17:52"What an incredible day!! So proud of my lil bro! What a champion!!"
17:50Fred Perry also won his first Wimbledon title in straight sets - and his second and his third. Something for Murray to aim for anyway...
17:49Murray is making his way through the bowels of Centre Court to the balcony at the back where a huge crowd is waiting to greet him. Murray punching the air, the crowd making a sensational din.
17:46Time to collect ourselves. No more counting the years since 1936. Write it down: the last time Britain had a men's singles champion at Wimbledon was 7 July 2013.
17:44"They've been through everything with me, stuck with me in a lot of tough moments. This one was especially for Ivan as well - I know how he did everything to win this when he was playing, and I'm glad I was able to help him out so he could win it as coach [Lendl smiling!]. He's a fantastic person, been very patient, I'm not easy at times."
17:43"I understand how much everyone else wanted to see British winner. I hope you enjoyed it (MASSIVE CHEER), I tried my best."
17:41Murray makes his first false move of the day as he drops the lid of the trophy while picking up his belongings. Much hilarity all round. The new Wimbledon champion now signing a few autographs before he heads back through the famous green doors to see his name on the Honours' Board.
17:38"It feels slightly different to last year. Last year was one of toughest moments of my career so to manage to win tournament today...I don't know how I came through that last game. Imagine playing it! I've played Novak many times and I think he'll go down as one of the biggest fighters in history. He's come back from losing positions many times before and he nearly did it again today."
17:36Bit of a change to last year as Andy Murray very coolly handles this post-match interview - while Alex Salmond waves a Scottish flag wildly in the Royal Box.
17:33"Congratulations to Andy. I gave it my all, it was a pleasure to be part of this match, this final."
17:28Sue Barker doing a very fine job of keeping her head while all around are losing theirs. She introduces Novak Djokovic to receive his runner-up plate. The world No.1 was a little out of sorts today - but then he was up against history.
17:25Tears, cheers, more tears, more cheers. Andy Murray is staggering around Centre Court in complete disbelief. He doesn't know what to do with himself - neither does the entire nation. Seventy-seven years later, Britain has a men's singles champion at Wimbledon. Flew by, didn't it?
17:12Djokovic goes long on the first point. Now, Murray easily up to a drop shot and putting away the winner. That's 30-0. Return long. Three Championship points. Djokovic at the net and crisply volleying to save the first. Two more. Nervy second serve, Djokovic slaps the return for a winner. One more. Backhand over the baseline. Sheesh. Deuce. Forehand into the net. So so very very tense. Break point - saved by a big serve. OH MY GOODNESS ME, Djokovic half-volley crashes into the top of the net and dribbles over. Baseline to baseline to baseline over and over, and Murray comes out on top. Another break point saved. Dinky angled forehand - stunning - and it's break point again. Into the net behind a huge forehand and we're back to deuce. This is like a whole match in one. Now Murray scampering up to a volley and forcing Djoko to net. It'a fourth Championship point. Crowd can't contain themselves. Backhand into the net!
17:08Murray running back to fetch a lob volley, turning and smacking a forehand pass that Djokovic can't do anything with. That's 15-30 - and now he comes up with a stunning pass down the line. Murray gobbling up these Djokovic volleys now. Two break points and he only needs one - Djokovic crumbling with another error. Hold tight, Britain, Andy Murray will serve for the Wimbledon title.
17:02Murray at 30-30 and there's a real groan as he misses a first serve, but then a grateful yelp of delight as Djokovic makes his 37th unforced error of the match. Running pass onto the baseline to seal the game - and fire up the crowd once again.
16:59Just when you think Murray's in a slump...he picks himself up, goes on the attack and earns two break-back points. Djokovic forced long on the second and the crowd are on their feet again. Djokovic is broken for the sixth time in the match.
16:57"Can the bloke who just played the last couple of games in the ill-fitting Andy Murray suit please let Andy back on #wimbledonfinal"
16:54Murray put a hat on to win second set. Djokovic has been sans chapeau since the start of this set. Such a strange match that maybe it could all be down to headgear. Nothing much else to explain it. Djokovic breaks, Murray suddenly really struggling.
16:49Starting to get very nervy around Centre Court now. Djokovic's support camp all on their feet as the Serb holds to 15 and Murray starts to look tired again. Djokovic's ability to keep coming back is quite stunning to see.
16:44Just as BBC commentator Andrew Castle reckons it's safe to starting talking about 1936 (he is quickly admonished Boris Becker), Murray loses the first two points on serve. He gets back to 30-30 but there follows another sizzling rally, Djoko winning it for a break-back point. Murray plonks a volley wide, the Briton's head drops. You should never, ever count out Novak Djokovic. Ever.
16:38Oof. Double fault from Djoko leaves him 0-15 down and an awful volley is like a red rag to a bull for Murray. Djokovic seems to have lost the plot...but he finds it again just in time.
16:37Djokovic creeps up to 33 unforced errors for the match - to his opponent's 11 - as Murray holds to love.
16:36"Just went out to #Murray Mound for a quick video. The place is thunderous. Absolutely never seen anything like it in tennis #Wimbledon"
16:30Trouble for a rattled Djokovic at 0-30 but he digs deep to move to 30-30. Now Murray into the net for a short ball, and Djoko's reaction volley lands wide. Break point - Djoko goes long...Or does he? Ball is called good. Murray and the entire crowd, it seems, challenges - and it was indeed long.
16:27Both Murray and Djokovic have left the court - probably for a complete change of clothes. Still an audible buzz of anticipation around this great stadium.
16:22Crunching serve out wide takes Murray to 30-0. His first serve has been awesome so far today. Djokovic then completely messes up a return off a second serve and Murray has three set points. Ace number nine clinches it. Centre Court feels like it's shaking...
16:20"Let's go Andy let's go" goes a frantic, high-speed chant during the change of ends. Cripes, even Ivan Lendl is standing up...oh, not to join in, just to stretch his legs.
16:17Djokovic draws the wrath of the crowd as he screams with fury about a ball that wasn't called out. He can't challenge it of course, because he's used up all his lives. The Serb is rattled further when Murray gets to 15-40 and two break points. First serve to the rescue on the first...But now the crowd leap to their feet as one when Djoko nets a forehand. Murray will serve for a two-set lead.
16:13Danger for Murray, whose second serve continues to be a real issue, winning 26% of points behind it. Finds a big first serve at 30-30 all though - and to counterbalance the second serve problems, Murray is hitting 71% of his first serves.
16:08We've had 19 break points in this match - five of them converted. Not a sniff in that game, as Djokovic does brilliantly to put the disappointment behind him with a love hold.
16:00Strange game. Murray seems to have the momentum, moving into a 30-0 lead having just broken back. But suddenly it's gone again, Djoko winning the next three for a break point. Saved by an ace - which Djokovic challenges. Call is confirmed and Djoko now has no challenges remaining. Biff, baff, another extreme baseline rally, Murray scampering back and forth, but all in vain. Break point again, saved by a big smash. Murray holds on. Could that be a crucial moment?
15:50The cap seems to fit... Murray out into a 0-30 lead and threatening the break back. His pass up the line clips the net and Djoko can't react. Two break-back points. Groans of disappointment as Murray hits the net with a forehand on the first, and it's a backhand that finds the net on the second. Huge frustration for the No.2 seed - but he dusts himself down and goes again, a fizzing forehand sending Djoko sprawling and bringing up a third break point. Double fault! Wow...
15:44After a set and a half, Murray pulls on a white cap to protect himself from the blazing sun and heads out to serve from the opposite end to the Royal Box - the end he's been having trouble with. Djokovic unhappy with the umpire again as he goes wide - and only then challenges a baseline call. Too late, Nole. Replay show it was in anyway. Murray with a hold to love.
15:42Djokovic with a delicious drop volley to move to 40-30 and a service winner takes him back to the chair.
15:41"Am I risking permanent damage if I keep my fingers crossed for five hours? Starting to ache a bit already!"
15:35Murray retreats to the back of the court, bends over, leans on his racket and gasps for air. He has just ended a THIRTY stroke rally with a forehand error. "This is brutal," says Boris. It's more than brutal: it's inhumane. Murray broken to 15.
15:31Murray gently banging his racket on the green fabric stretched across the back of the court after missing a chance to get to 15-40. Djokovic holds to 30, looks up to his coach and gently clenches his fist. Everything must be done gently in this heat.
15:25Murray serving from the end with the tricky sun, and again, his second serve is proving a real weakness - Djokovic swatting a return winner to peg the Brit back to 40-30, and then forcing deuce with a fabulous approach. Murray hangs on.
15:22"Well done Gianluigi Quinzi for winning a good, tough boys' final, 7-5, 7-6 against Hyeon Chung. Quinzi best player all week, well earned"
15:17Before Britain gets totally carried away, let's remember: Murray won the opening set of last year's Wimbledon final - and lost the match. He also won the opening set of the Aussie Open final against Djokovic - and lost the match. Djokovic holds to 15 to get set number two under way.
15:15"#Wimbistat: The average game duration so far in the #Wimbledon #mensfinal five mins, 11 secs. 59 minutes played."
15:13Murray serving better down the Royal Box end - less troubled by the sun it seems. Three first serves help him to three set points - and a fourth gives him the first set in 59 minutes.
15:12"Very surprised Djoker trying to serve and volley, trying to shorten points not a good thing for him"
15:07Both players already puffing and blowing in this intense heat - it's gruelling to watch, can only imagine what it feels like to play. Double fault puts Djoko two points away from losing the first set and he's also taken to deuce - but of course, he's not going to make it *that* easy for Murray.
14:55Murray needs his first serve here...but it's gone missing again. A double fault leaves him 0-30 down - and he looks accusingly at the sun. Djokovic steels himself and here's two break points. Ace...What's this? The umpire calls Djokovic's shot out but the players carry on regardless - Murray winning the point. Djokovic is complaining, but he would have lost the point anyway. All very curious. Another 26-stroke rally and Murray goes long, giving Djokovic break point again - leaping volley to save it. Another deuce but Murray finally consolidates the break - roar of relief from a tension-filled Centre crowd.
14:53"Up at 5 every day for 2 wks watching @Wimbledon from #LosAngeles - wiped out but hoping @andy_murray makes it all worthwhile!"
14:50Under pressure at 0-30, Djokovic goes for too much on a midcourt forehand and misses the baseline. Challenges - but in vain. Three break points - and Djoko slaps a backhand into the net on the first. Crowd in raptures again, but what a strange error from Djokovic.
14:46Re that last tweet, that player is currently Djokovic on 44%, with Murray on 33. Murray swishes away a 10th winner of the match to hold to love.
14:45"The player who wins the "2nd serve points won" stat between Murray and Djokovic has won 15 of the 18 H2H matches. #ESPNWimbledon"
14:42Djokovic quickly out into a 40-0 lead but then comes up with one of the worst volley attempts he's ever made. Think it might even have bounced before it hit the net. You have our sympathy, Novak, we all know how that feels. Djoko holds to 30.
14:37A lone cry of "come on Novak" from a mainly partisan Centre Court crowd as Djoko wins the opening point. Murray can't get a first serve in and he is punished as Djokovic quickly engineers three break-back points and he takes the second when Murray nets a backhand. As you were then.
14:35"Nervous ere watching @andy_murray !!"
14:23Gruelling rallies early on, the ball thundering back and forth. Backhand winner down the line takes Murray to break point for the fourth time already and it's a dizzying baseline exchange of 25 strokes before Murray blinks. GAH! Murray up to a drop volley and totally frames it - one to make all of us hackers feel a lot better. Manages to engineer another break point though, misses a return. Here's a sixth of the match, nets a forehand. Forehand pass off a poor Djokovic volley and he brings up a seventh break point. FINALLY! A backhand down the line completely deceives Djoko: first blood to the Brit after 20 minutes.
14:20Murray seems to have trouble with one of his shoes. Nothing dramatic, just a lace too tight perhaps. It's all in the details. Murray hammers down his first two aces of the match on his way to a hold to 15. Confident start by the Brit.
14:14Thunderous roar greets Djokovic's error on the opening point - and another on the second. Djoko, struggling to find a first serve, is 0-30 down. Oh dear, another error and Murray has three break points. There's a first serve from the Serb, and then a smash that Murray just fails to return. One left for Murray - but he's on the run and hooks a forehand wide. "I LOVE YOU ANDY," cries a male voice. It's that sort of day...
14:10Guess we'll find out eh Mercedes? Warm-up is over, players having a short sit-down, giving the crowd another opportunity to yell encouragement for Murray. Djokovic to serve first...
14:08"Re 1349 entry: Does Serbia have the "curse of Nikolic" like Britain has the curse of Cameron?"
14:06Not sure I've ever experienced an atmosphere like this on Centre Court on men's final day. Barely able to hear the start of the coin toss ceremony because of the cheering. Temperature courtside is up to 40C apparently.
14:03Eleven-year-old Pinki Sonkar from India gets the honour of tossing the coin. Pinki is representing Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft lip and palate charity.
14:00Wow, a standing ovation for Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic - just for walking onto Centre Court successfully. "GO ON ANDEEEEEEE" bellows a man at the back.
13:58We have linespeople, ball kids and umpire Mo Lahyani. Victoria Beckham has taken her place in the Royal Box - her celebrity sunglasses definitely required today. So we are ready to begin.
13:56Pretty much the whole of Britain seems to have convinced themselves it's Murray's time - even honorary Brits Boris Becker and John McEnroe agree. Don't think Novak Djokovic will be too worried about that...
13:51The players are making their way down the hallway! They'll be on Centre Court in JUST A FEW MINUTES!!!
13:50.@DjokerNole is coming off career-high 22 aces in SF win vs @delpotrojuan @Wimbledon. Only other time 20 aces DCup this yr vs Rochus.
13:49Earlier it was mentioned just how royal the Royal Box is today, but it also includes Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic, flown in from Belgrade to watch the final.
13:41John McEnroe and Sue Barker just hugged on BBC as Mac headed to the commentary booth from Centre Court. But really, shouldn't we all hug before this final? Should be a day tennis will love...
13:36Murray edges out Djokovic in aces hit this tournament, smacking 80 to Novak's 76. Nole owns the service percentage edge, going 66 per cent to Andy's 65. Djokovic has saived 13 of 19 break points against him (Murray is 22 of 30), while the Serb has dropped just 80 games to Murray's 82. So basically: advantage no one.
13:32This is the biggest tournament of Murray's career. A big part of why he won the US Open is his Olympic win. He got the monkey off his back. We want an instant classic today, but Andy should be well-equipped to win it...
13:3130 minutes to go. #Excited. #TennisIs ready
13:28All This talk of No.7 only means Djoker is winning his 7th Slam Today..!!
13:26This is good news for Murray fans: the last time a world No.1 and No.2 met in a major final was the French Open last year, with No.2 Nadal downing No.1 Djokovic.
13:23Let's look at some numbers as the final creeps closer: Djokovic leads Murray 11-7 in their head-to-head, including their last three matches. Djokovic beat Murray in a four-set Australian Open final, though Murray won their last meeting on grass in the Olympic semi-finals here 11 months ago.
13:00How are those pre-match preparations going? Drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @carolinecheese
12:56"England I love you, I will miss you! Amazing how much love you showed! Next year I will be back &
12:51The first of 10 titles up for grabs today is claimed by Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova after a 6-3, 6-1 win over Anhelina Kalinina and Iryna Shymanovich.
12:50"Buenos dias! Looking forward to an epic battle... pls send a greeting to Sant Cugat (Barcelona)!!"
12:47"Reaching the final here feels a little bit different this time because it's something I've experienced before. Last year it was completely new to me and the 48 hours before the match were pretty stressful. I was pretty nervous the whole way through, whereas this time it's not quite so bad."
12:42The Sun newspaper has printed a mocked-up picture of Andy Murray holding two tennis balls and urged people to stare into his eyes before the match, and rub his (tennis) balls. That's a lot of pressure for one man to bear, but Murray has been here before: this is his seventh Grand Slam final and second at Wimbledon.
12:35"Bartoli will be in Royal Box for men's final and will watch mixed doubles final from players box, says L'Equipe's @carole_bouchard"
12:33For what it's worth, I have a feeling Djokovic is going to extend the agony for Britain for at least another year... after five sets. It's really very, very hard to call though.
12:29Where will you be watching this hotly-anticipated final though? Let me know your plans - and of course your all-important predictions - on email@example.com or tweet me @carolinecheese
12:25Joining Dave Cameron in the cushioned seats will be Victoria Beckham, Wayne Rooney, actors Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler, and a whole host of tennis legends, including the great Rod Laver.
12:22To counterbalance those spooky figures, I can confirm that British PM David Cameron will be watching from the Royal Box. Can Murray defy the Curse of Cameron?
12:16Interesting that tickets are selling for £70k by the way because: it is 77 years since a Brit last won the men's singles title here, Virginia Wade was the last Brit to win a senior singles title here in 1977, AND today's date is 7/7. WHAT CAN IT ALL MEAN??
12:10Now, I'm not saying that Great Britain has gone Murray Mad but... 1. People have been queuing to sit on Henman Hill since Friday night. 2. Andy Murray has been trending worldwide on Twitter on and off all morning. 3. Tickets are reportedly selling for up to £70,000 (a pair). 4. The TV audience is expected to be at least 20 million in the UK alone.
12:00It's finally here: the day we rather ominously call The Thirteenth Day. After all the shocks, slips and general wackiness of the 127th Championships, today we'll see the world No.1 and No.2 face off for the men's singles title.
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