8 Jul 2013

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

10:00 am on 8 July 2013

Britain's 77-year wait for a men's Wimbledon champion is over: Andy Murray has beaten world No 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to take the title - his second major one.

The 26-year-old Scot converted his fourth championship point in a dramatic final game to win 6-4 7-5 6-4.

In an atmosphere reminiscent of his Olympic final win last summer, he was willed on by the majority of the 15,000 spectators on centre court, thousands watching on the nearby big screen and millions more around the country.

The final game was a battle in itself, the BBC reports, with Murray letting three match points slip by, and fending off three Djokovic break points with some fearless hitting, before the Serb netted a backhand to end the contest.

After a gruelling three hours and 10 minutes in searing temperatures, Murray had finally followed in the footsteps of Fred Perry's 1936 win at the All England Club.

Perry used to leap over the net in celebration, but Britain's new champion roared in delight before sinking to his knees on the turf. He then headed into the stands to celebrate with his family and support team, moments later parading the trophy around the court.

Murray's other grand-slam win was the United States open last year.