9 Jul 2013

Murray ends Britain's long wait at Wimbledon

6:11 am on 9 July 2013

Andy Murray has ended Britain's 77-year wait for a home grown Wimbledon champion, last year's losing finalist beating the top seed Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-4.

With the mercury soaring toward 30 degrees on Britain's hottest day this year, the world's two best players produced some scorching action from the start, and the first three games alone lasted 20 minutes.

Murray came from 1-4 down to take the second set 7-5, and just as Djokovic had turned things around in the third set, the Scot came back from 2-4 down to win four straight games.

But Murray had the fans gasping in an astonishing final game when he won and lost three match points before claiming his second grand slam title.

World number one Novak Djokovic insists he will absorb the lessons of his painful loss and come back stronger than ever.

Djokovic failed to show the dominant form which saw him sweep through to the final which he says was partly down to fatigue from his near on five hour semi-final win Juan Martin del Potro just 48 hours earlier.

But he says Murray has become a better player over the past year under the tutelage of eight-time grand slam winner Ivan Lendl.