Seventy-seven years after Fred Perry last brought the men’s title home, and 36 years since Virginia Wade did it, Great Britain has a home-grown champion at Wimbledon. Andy Murray beat the Serbian Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, to take the trophy he has long been pressured over. It was a hard-fought match, and while a straight-sets affair, it took over 3 hours to complete.
Djokovic did not look at his best today, perhaps suffering a bit mentally, if not physically, from his longest-ever semifinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro on Friday. Murray, however, seemed determined from the start to finally bring the title home, and get the monkey, and the press, off his back. The last game, with Murray serving for it was especially dramatic, with Djokovic fighting back from 0-40 to have a couple of break points. When the Scot finally closed it out, the collective cheer of a nation may well have been audible from France.