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Top 5: British successes in 2013

Murray beat Serbian rival Djokovic in straight sets in the final. (©GettyImages)
Murray beat Serbian rival Djokovic in straight sets in the final. (©GettyImages).

1. Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

Every major British sports fan will know where they were when Andy Murray became the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a men's singles title at Wimbledon.

For Murray it was his second success on Centre Court in a year after claiming gold at the Olympics in 2012. However, this was one moment that will go down in history at the All England Club.

The Scot didn't drop a single set until the quarter finals when he was in a titanic duel with Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. Murray lost the first two sets but came back to win 7-5 in the fifth.

With Rafael Nadal out in the first round and Roger Federer falling in the second, following his match with Verdasco it seems only Novak Djokovic stood between Murray and history.

Indeed, once Murray had overcome the first Pole to make a Wimbledon semi-final in Jerzy Janowicz and Djokovic had come through a gruelling five-set battle with Juan Martin del Petro - a match that was the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history - the Serbian was the only man who could stop the 26-year-old.

In the final, however, the four and three-quarter hour match had appeared to take its toll on Djokovic and a brilliant Murray was not going to be stopped as he claimed a straight sets win on a baking hot Centre Court to end the 77-year wait and send British fans crazy.

Since his win, Murray has struggled with injury returning this week in Abu Dhabi however overcoming the pressure and the expectation and finally winning on the hallowed lawns at Wimbledon is more than enough to be the best British success of 2013.

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