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Andy Murray wins historic Wimbledon title

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Andy Murray made history today after beating world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets to become Britain's first Wimbledon men's champion in 77 years.

The 26-year-old Scot overcame sweltering tempartures - which exceeded 40C at times on Centre Court - to record a 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory in front of a packed crowd of over 15,000 spectators.

In a gruelling final game, Murray converted his fourth championship point after three hours and 10 minutes play, to follow in the footsteps of 1936 champion Fred Perry by winning at the All England Club.

In an atmosphere similar to that of Murray's Olympic final victory over Roger Federer at SW19 last summer, the Scot had too much for Djokovic on the day, winning in emphatic style to add his second Grand Slam title, following up his US Open victory last season.

Murray took just three games to break the Serbian's serve, finally winning his seventh break point against an unusually erratic Djokovic. However, the number one seed responded positively and broke straight back.

In the final game of the first set, Murray served two double faults, but fought out of three break points to claim an early advantage.

Djokovic recovered well and shot into a 4-1 lead in the second set, only for Murray to win the next three games in a row. He began to sense another opportunity.

At 5-5 Murray broke Djokovic again, and wrapped up the final game of the second set in emphatic style, with a ferocious ace at 40-love.

Murray remained on top, and after winning seven of the previous eight games, established a 2-0 advantage in the third set. However, Djokovic hit back by winning the next four games to take him 4-2 up, before Murray - with the crowd behind him - came back again to level at 4-4.

It proved to be the turning point, as Murray broke Djokovic's serve again, meaning he just had to serve out the set to claim that historic first Wimbledon title.

After racing into a 40-love lead, tension built as the Serb pulled the game back to deuce, but Murray wasn't to be denied, and fell to his knees in the middle of Centre Court as the crowd roared to commemorate Britain's latest sporting great.

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