Andy Murray ended 77 years without a British men’s singles champion at Wimbledon by beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
The 26-year-old from Dunblane is the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the most prestigious title in tennis.
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Murray will now enjoy some time out before he gears up for the US Open, where he will hope to repeat last year’s victory and defend his first grand slam title.
In sweltering conditions at Wimbledon Murray came through 6-4 7-5 6-4 on his fourth Championship point.
The annual reminder that another year has passed since Perry’s pomp will not come in 2014; instead it will be Murray returning to defend the title he won quite brilliantly on a searingly hot day in London.
Murray landed the US Open in New York title last September, after winning Olympic gold at Wimbledon, but today’s prize was the one he, like generations of previous British challengers before, had wanted the most.
Murray broke down in tears of joy and relief when Djokovic found the net at match point down.
He strolled around the court high-fiving spectators in the crowd as the enormity of his achievement sank in.
The Scot asked Wimbledon referee Andrew Jarrett for permission to go up to his box in the stands, where he embraced mother Judy.
Murray had a huge smile on his face as he was presented with the trophy by the Duke of Kent.
“It feels slightly different to last year,” he said. “I’m so glad to finally do this.”
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