Andy Murray wins Wimbledon title, ends 77-year agony

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London, July 8: Andy Murray ended Britain's agonising 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion on Sunday when he destroyed world number one 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, the year the Spanish Civil War started, Jesse Owens defied Hitler at the Berlin Olympics and Gone With The Wind was published.

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-degree 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 semi-final 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 finally 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.

British Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron, front left, and Scottish First MInister Alex Salmond, front right, react as Andy Murray of Britain plays Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

Winner Andy Murray of Britain

Winner Andy Murray of Britain, left, and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose for photographers with their trophies following the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

Andy Murray of Britain kisses the trophy

Andy Murray of Britain kisses the trophy as he poses for photographers after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

Andy Murray of Britain

Andy Murray of Britain, left, embraces Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon.

Andy Murray of Britain

Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia

Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks at the ball after slipping as he plays Andy Murray of Britain during the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

Kim Sears, the girlfriend of Andy Murray of Britain

Kim Sears, the girlfriend of Andy Murray of Britain, arrives to watch him face Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon.

British Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron, front, and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond watch Andy Murray of Britain face Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Andy Murray of Britain during the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

Andy Murray of Britain

Andy Murray of Britain reacts as he wins against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland during their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

AFP

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