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.
Can’t believe what’s just happened!!!!!!!
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 7, 2013
What an incredible day!! So proud of my lil bro! What a champion!!
— Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) July 7, 2013
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) July 7, 2013
Congratulations Andy! Super happy for u!!!! @andy_murray
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) July 7, 2013
Congrats to Andy! Goosebumps and tears and everything… Nole’s gonna be back- now that’s for sure.
— Andrea Petkovic (@andreapetkovic) July 7, 2013
Just landed,so sad to miss this historic moment!!well done sir @andy_murray !!!
— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) July 7, 2013
Andy, Andy,Andy We can’t let you go All your life you hit the ball We love you so Andy Andy Andy Tennis is crazy http://t.co/UOxObn1fk1
— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) July 7, 2013
Congrats to @andy_murray on getting the worlds largest sport monkey off his back. Well deserved to say the least
— Kevin Anderson (@kevinanderson18) July 7, 2013
— Bob Bryan (@Bryanbros) July 7, 2013
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) July 7, 2013
— Nico Almagro (@NicoAlmagro) July 7, 2013
— Feliciano López (@feliciano_lopez) July 7, 2013
— Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) July 7, 2013
— Sergiy Stakhovsky (@Stako_tennis) July 7, 2013
Well done to SIR Andy Murray…such a great fighter…great champion…totally deserved…#englandhaveaking
— steve darcis (@stevedarcishark) July 7, 2013
— Bethanie MattekSands (@BMATTEK) July 7, 2013
— Donna Vekic (@DonnaVekic) July 7, 2013
Andy Murray❤not many deserve it more..
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 7, 2013
— Heather Watson (@HeatherWatson92) July 7, 2013
— Matt Ebden (@mattebden) July 7, 2013
— J Melzer (@jojomelzer) July 7, 2013
— julien benneteau (@julienbenneteau) July 7, 2013
Congratulations to @andy_murray – Dreams do come true; Herculean effort to win under that pressure!!!
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) July 7, 2013
— Jonas Bjorkman (@BjorkmanTennis) July 7, 2013
Hurray to Murray. Well deserved well earned. Tremendous weight lifted. Way to rise to occasion! Congrats #england
— Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) July 7, 2013
Huge congrats to @Andy_Murray for an amazing Win! Been saying he would do it for a year! Alll of Great Britain is proud! Awesome tennis!
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) July 7, 2013
Andy Murray, you champion, well done son
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) July 7, 2013
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 7, 2013
— Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) July 7, 2013
Congratulations Andy Murray. The TV shots of his families reaction were great. That’s what it’s all about, making people proud.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) July 7, 2013
Huge congratulations @andy_murray , a massive achievement and so well deserved!!! We watched the first 2 sets here before the race started.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) July 7, 2013
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) July 7, 2013
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) July 7, 2013
Congrats to @andy_murray what an incredible effort to win wimbledon!I had the same dream but woke up on the Newport practice courts instead!
— deniskudla (@deniskudla) July 7, 2013
77 years !!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!! @andy_murray
— Fernando Gonzalez (@elfergonzalez) July 7, 2013
Congratulations Andy Murray 2013 Wimbledon Champion!!!!
— Mark Philippoussis (@MPhilippoussis) July 7, 2013
Andy Murray ends Wimbledon curse on Brits with some outstanding tennis. Congratulations— and also to Ivan Lendl for a job well done.
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) July 7, 2013
Muy grande @andy_murray , totalmente merecida su victoria en wimbledon
— Carlos Moya (@Charlymoya) July 7, 2013
— Justine Henin (@Justine_Henin) July 7, 2013
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) July 7, 2013