After falling short last year, second seed Andy Murray lifted his long awaited Wimbledon trophy in front of a delighted crowd at All England Club today. He became the first male British Wimbledon title holder since Fred Perry winning the tournament back in 1936.
Top seed Novak Djokovic – he has never played Murray at Wimbledon before – started the match by fending off a triple break point in the opening game before suffering a loss of serve to go down 1-2. His rival failed to consolidate the break, yet he broke Novak to love in the seventh game and this time he confirmed it, denying the Serb three opportunities to break back. A love hold followed a couple of games later and Murray was only two sets away from accomplishing his mission, a childhood dream of winning the Wimbledon title. The World no. 1 regrouped for the second set in which he constructed a 4-1 lead, but let it slip out of his hands as Murray broke him two times before serving it out with a hold to love once again. The unforced errors ratio was 11-29 in the domestic player’s favor at the end of set two.
The British player brought his good second set form into the third one and used the psychological advantage to break the Serb in the opening game – he did so after successfully challenging Novak’s shot which in fact sailed long. Murray consolidated the break easily and seemed to have gotten in an unstoppable position as Djokovic found himself 0-30 behind on his next serve. The top-ranked player got more relaxed now and started to annoy the adversary with frequent – and successful drop shots. He thus managed to turn the tide of the set and move 4-2 ahead after breaking Murray twice in a row. However, it was the home crowd favorite who had the last word in the set – he broke back immediately and looked the fresher of the players as the match wore on. He could not be stopped anymore and was soon in possession of a triple championship point at 5-4. Djokovic remained mentally strong enough to rescue all of them before preparing three break points himself – he wasted them all as well and both Murray and the home spectators could start celebrating a historic triumph as Djokovic netted his final backhand shot at the end of a nerve-shredding tenth game. In the end, a dream 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 straight sets victory for the new Wimbledon king after slightly more than three hours of Centre Court tennis.
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