The Sixth Set

Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon, Twitter (and all of Great Britain) Explodes

As a Novak Djokovic backhand slapped the tape and fell listlessly on his side of the net, Great Britain rejoiced its first Wimbledon champion in 77 years: a 26-year-old Scotsman named Andrew Barron Murray. Murray completed an improbable 12 month stretch that saw him claim Olympic gold, a maiden Grand Slam at the U.S. Open and now a coveted Wimbledon title. He did so by upsetting the world number one, Djokovic, at all three events, winning eight of ten sets against the Serb. Moreover, his 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory today extended Murray’s win streak on grass to an impressive 18 matches. The Scot responded brilliantly to a barrage of Djokovic attacks in the second and third sets, crucially staving off two break points at 2-4 15-40 in the second and maintaining his composure after wasting three championship points up 5-4 40-0 in the third. Murray’s mental fortitude was undoubtedly the difference in this match. If Djokovic completes the double break midway through second set, the match takes on an entirely different complexion. ‘Old Andy’ would have crumbled under the pressure, but with the experiences of the past year in his pocket, he was never rattled and fought his way to the finish line. Murray joins Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt as the only active multiple Grand Slam champions (and the only active Wimbledon champions as well). Congrats, Andy. You certainly earned it.

 

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