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.
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.