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Andy Murray creates history at Wimbledon

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Murray creates history by winning Wimbledon (©GettyImages)
Murray creates history by winning Wimbledon (©GettyImages).

Andy Murray won the final in style by thrashing world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-4.

Fred Perry was the last Briton to win the men's Wimbledon Championship in 1936 which was his third Wimbledon title overall.

After the semi-finals were decided on Friday night it was clear which competitor would be the fans' favourite on the day of the final.

Murray and Djokovic stepped on to the Centre Court with spectators cheering for the British number one.

Three time Wimbledon champion, Boris Becker, described the reception as 'the loudest entrance I have ever heard'. 

Djokovic nearly had the entire court against him apart from his coaches, friends and family.

It was nearly the perfect start for the US Open champion in the opening game, as Murray was on the brink of breaking Djokovic's serve with a 40-0 lead but was denied by the Serbian.

Two games later, Murray got his first break of the game to go 2-1 up but Djokovic broke the serve in the following game.

The weekend's heatwave continued on Sunday as the sun was responsible for Murray's t-shirt to be soaked with sweat.

Murray made sure the weather would not get in his way as the 26-year-old secured the opening set 6-4.

The 2011 Wimbledon champion gave Murray a run for his money as Djokovic broke serve in game four to lead the second set 4-1. 

The Scotsman had to repeat the comeback performance he staged on Friday night against Jerzy Janowicz. Once again Murray fought back to be level with the Serbian.

Three games later Murray had broke Djokovic's service once again and went off to seal the second set 7-5, the man from Dunblane was just one set away from clinching his first Wimbledon title.

The third set reached 4-4 with Djokovic to serve the ninth game but his hopes of taking the lead were demolished when Murray broke the 26-year-old's serve. Murray was 5-4 up and was to serve for the Championship.

Throughout most of the 10th game Murray never looked back. The Olympic gold medalist was 40-0 up and was a point away from living the dream but Murray was against the world number one. 

Djokovic wasn't giving up just yet. The six time Grand Slam winner put the game to deuce stopping Murray's Championship point three times and had the chance of breaking the Scotsman's serve three times but Murray kept his cool and brought home the Championship.

Ten months ago Murray had sealed his first Grand Slam at the US Open against Novak Djokovic. 

It ended a 76-year gap from Perry's last Grand Slam victory to Murray's first.

Winning your first Grand Slam can be the special one of all but for Murray, winning a Grand Slam in front of his home fans was a lot more special.

The rivalry of Murray and Djokovic will continue at September's US Open. Will we see a third Grand Slam final in 2013 between the top two players in the world?

We'll just have to wait and see.

 

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Wimbledon
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