Andy Murray breaks Wimbledon voodoo
After the agony of losing last year's Wimbledon final, Murray was back again, but this time to win it and create history
As the draw came out, it was almost as if the stage was all set for a Briton to finally win Wimbledon for the first time since Fred Perry last won it in 1936.
A 77-year long wait was finally over as Murray lifted the Wimbledon trophy on the hottest day in Britain this year.
Adding to the heat, the players too, amped up the temperature, with some gruelling ground strokes.
In the end, Murray finally got the better of the World number one and was able to avenge the loss at the Australian Open final this year in straight sets no less.
It was almost as if the writing was on the wall for Murray, right from the start. He was always an outsider looking in and trying to break into the top three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
After all, the trio had won 29 of the last 30 Grand slams. But ever since Wimbledon last year, he has been a man reborn. When he lost in the final against Federer, with tears running down his cheeks, he said: “I’m getting closer.”
And that is exactly what happened next. At last year’s Olympics, many wouldn’t have predicted Murray would reach the final, let alone win a gold medal.
But, when he did reach the final and finally got the better of Federer, it seemed as though the tide was slowly shifting, this time in favour of the man from Dunblane, Scotland.
He followed that up, with his first ever Grand Slam title, when he went on to beat Djokovic in five sets in last year's final.
After finally ending his run of four successive Grand Slam final defeats, Murray was finally getting closer to what all of Britain were crying out for.
As he came into this year’s tournament, there were a lot of things going in his favour. The early exits of Federer and Nadal meant that the first and only real test for Murray would be in the final against the world number one and the man who held a 2-1 advantage over him in Grand Slam finals.
But, cometh the hour, cometh the man, as Murray started off in fabulous fashion and cruised to 6-4 first set win.
But, as the game went on, things were getting a whole lot more difficult. But Murray held his nerve right until the very end.
A contest between two of the best returners in the tournament was bound to go right down to the wire, with both players fighting tooth and nail for each and every point.
This was exemplified in the final game of the match, where Murray squandered three championship points from 40-0 and saw off three Djokovic break points before finally ending an exhausting contest, which lasted three hours and 10 minutes.
With this win, Murray became only the second Scotsman to win Wimbledon after Harold Mahony in 1896 and also extended his winning streak on grass to 18 since last year’s Olympics.
Now, with the monkey finally off his back, Murray will be looking to add to his tally of two Grand Slam titles, and aged only 26, he still has a long road ahead of him; a road, which will, hopefully be filled with a lot more Grand Slam titles.
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