For the first time in 77 years, the Wimbledon title will return to Britain. Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic today to win the Wimbledon final, and bring the prestigious title of Wimbledon champion back to Britain. The match went Murray’s way from the onset, as Murray cruised to victory.
Although Djokovic had his moments today, he was unable to seriously challenge Murray during the final match. Murray cruised his way to a straight set victory to become the first British male to win Wimbledon in 77 years. The box score for the match reads 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
In the last game, Murray won a 21 shot rally to force a deuce. Too many unforced errors by Djokovic plagued him today.
It appeared that Andy Murray just wanted it more than Djokovic today. The straight set victory took just 3 hours and 9 minutes to complete.
The crowd also wanted this outcome. They’re chanting was incredibly loud, and their passion and energy helped fuel Andy Murray’s run throughout the tournament.
Andy Murray had been close to accomplishing the feat that no British man had been able to do since 1936 when Fred Perry was crowned Wimbledon champion. Last year he lost to Roger Federer in the event’s final round, a stinging loss for a nation thirsty for the taste of victory at the tennis major in their home land.
Facing off against Novak Djokovic is nothing new for Murray. The two have had a bit of a rivalry throughout their careers, and with the victory, Andy Murray closes the gap in their all time record. Djokovic leads the all time series between the two 11-8.
Murray had been able to defeat Djokovic several times recently. He beat the six time major champion at Wimbledon in 2011, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and at the US Open last year. This was Andy Murray’s second major championship.
A prestigious rivalry, the two men are the top two ranked tennis players in the world. Novak is the world number one, while Murray is number two. The win today likely won’t change the rankings. They have met in three of the past four major tennis tournament finals.
Tennis legend John McEnroe predicted this outcome from the start because of Murray being “as confident as he’s ever been, [and] he’s handled the pressure well for the most part.” He also praised the physical condition and momentum Murray had entering the tournament.
The win is certain to boost Murray’s standing among the best in the tennis world, as well as provide a moment all of Britain can celebrate. After 77 years, the Wimbledon title has returned to Britain thanks to Andy Murray defeating Novak Djokovic today.
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