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Murray wins Wimbledon title

Global Times (2013-07-08 P30)
By AFP – Global Times
Andy Murray returns against Novak Djokovic during the men's singles final at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Andy Murray returns against Novak Djokovic during the men's singles final at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships on Sunday. Photo: AFP


Andy Murray ended Britain's agonizing 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion on Sunday when he destroyed world No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the blistering heat of the All England Club.

The 26-year-old became the country's first male winner since Fred Perry in 1936.

It was Murray's second Grand Slam title to follow his breakthrough triumph at the US Open in 2012 which followed his Olympic gold medal as well as a heartbreaking, tearful loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

However, Sunday's title showdown, between two men who have now contested three of the last four Grand Slam finals, rarely lived up to expectations.

Both struggled in the stifling 40 C heat and the top-seeded Serb, who had beaten Murray in the Australian Open final in January, looked jaded after his record four-hour 43-minute semifinal victory over Juan Martin del Potro.

And despite leads of 4-1 in the second set and 4-2 in the third, he was out-hit by Murray who finished with 36 winners to 31, with 21 unforced errors to the Serb's 40 and having carved out 17 break points.

Inside a baking Centre Court, and watched by Victoria Beckham, Wayne Rooney as well as Hollywood stars Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper, the first point of the match was a punishing 20 strokes.

Murray, who has played in the final of his last four majors, had break points in the first and third games, with the Scot  pouncing on his seventh for a 2-1 lead.

Djokovic levelled at 2-2 but Murray was the more aggressive, positive man and broke to love for a 4-3 edge firing almost four times as many winners than the top-seeded Serb.

Murray saved three break points for a 5-3 lead but Djokovic was furious that umpire Mohamed Lahyani had called a ball out at 30-40 while allowing play to continue with the Scot going to deuce.

The British second seed took the opener 6-4 after 59 minutes with a love service game, having hit 17 winners to six and with only six unforced errors to the world No.1's 17.

Murray wasn't getting complacent - he had won the first set of the pair's last three meetings and still lost the match. Djokovic was obviously aware of the history, speeding into a 4-1 lead with two more marathon rallies of 30 and 32 shots.

But Murray roared back to 4-4 in a final which, despite its punishing hitting, still felt flat with both players too similar in style and then appearance when they both donned white caps to combat the sun's glare. In his fog of anxiety, Murray mugged him for a break to lead 6-5 and went two sets to the good at 7-5.

A break in the second game of the third set gave Murray a 2-0 lead before Djokovic, having discarded the hat, raced away with the next four games for a 4-2 lead.

But terrier Murray reclaimed the break in the seventh game and levelled in the eighth with a running, curled forehand off a Djokovic drop.

Murray finally achieved his place in history when Djokovic netted a backhand after three hours and nine minutes of action.

AFP - Global Times
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