WASHINGTON, July 7, 2013 — Andy Murray, ended the Wimbledon drought for Great Britain, bringing home the Men’s title that has eluded the Brits for 77 years, as he took down the No. 1 seed, Novak Djokovic 6-7, 7-5, 6-4.
“I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon so I hope you enjoyed it,” Scotland’s Murray told the crowd following the match. “I tried my best.” He actually did more than his best.
Murray played superlative tennis, returning what looked like impossible volleys and running Djokovic ragged around Centre Court. The groundstroke rallies were truly amazing, sometimes going more than 30 shots.
Having survived a four-hour and 43-minute Semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro, Djokovic showed his fatigue, sometimes moving as though his legs had turned to jelly and making less than optimal decisions against Murray, especially at the net. Slipping and falling several times, Djokovic was definitely off his game as was his serve.
But Murray seemed to have been energized by his win on Friday against Jerzy Janowicz, a match that went four sets. With the crowd of 15,000 at his back, sometimes chanting his name, Murray truly had the wind at his back and it carried him to a significant win for him and for Britain.
Last year, Murray lost decisively in the Wimbledon Men’s Final to Roger Federer, who was eliminated early this year, and many felt that Murray believed this year it was do or die.
Perhaps remembering that he beat Djokovic at the U.S. Open in a hellish five-hour match at the U.S. Open in 2012, Murray knew he had the right stuff to do it again. The Wimbledon win gives Murray his eighth win over Djokovic.
After being in a “tennis wilderness” for so long, thanks to the domination of the Big Three, Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, this victory is especially sweet.
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