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Andy Murray wins Wimbledon: greatest British sports victory?

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia in straight sets to win the Wimbledon men’s singles championship Sunday. It was the first Wimbledon victory for a British player in 77 years.

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Andy Murray of Britain celebrates as he defeats Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London on Sunday July 7, 2013.

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The 26-year-old Scottish tennis star Andy Murray beat the world’s No. 1-ranked player, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, in straight sets to win the Wimbledon men’s singles championship Sunday. It was the first Wimbledon victory for a British man in 77 years, and it triggered massive celebrations across a United Kingdom that had been collectively holding its breath. [Editor's note: The original version incorrectly said British player, not specifying gender.]

The 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory was much closer than the score indicated. While Murray won the first set fairly handily he had to fight back from a 1-4 game deficit in the second set and a 2-4 deficit in the third.

The last game was indicative of the whole set and may go down as one of the greatest and most nerve-racking ever played in a Wimbledon final. Murray quickly reached 40-love on points and the brink of victory via several Djokovic errors and a big first serve.

But then England trembled.

Djokovic put away a forehand after a long rally to pull to 40-15. The Serb pounded a short second serve from Murray for a winner to reach 40-30. The score was tied at deuce after Murray sent a backhand long.

Twice Djokovic forced break point, the second time via an astounding angled drop shot. Murray saved both, but was the tide turning? Djokovic is a master of comebacks and it seemed he was turning up his game.

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