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Reaction to historic Wimbledon triumph...
Judy Murray so proud of son
Judy Murray, mother of Andy Murray: "It s the best
feeling ever to see your son win Wimbledon. This is what
he has talked about winning since he was a little boy, it was
a dream that has become a reality now for him. "I have been
shaking for the last three hours. I am fine now but 15 minutes
ago (just before Murray won) I was an emotional wreck. I
can t remember exactly what happened. I know he was 40-
0 up in the last game and then it went to deuce, but he
gutsed it out. There were some outrageous points in the
final game. They had been out there for three hours and it
was so hot, but he was so determined to win it. I had a good
feeling. He has been strong and composed all week, but
Novak is such a tough competitor so to bury him you have
to play unbelievably. You have to play your A game to win
and Andy brought a pretty decent game today."
Tim Henman, former British number one: "It s a remark-
able achievement for him and something we are proud of.
Andy had this belief in his heart of hearts that he would
win it. He had some huge disappointment with losing 12
months ago but deep down he knew he could do this and
this is going to be one of many more grand slams for Andy
British Prime Minister David Cameron: "The noise was
incredible, it was intense. Every point was exciting, there
was so many breaks and break backs. In the Royal Box we
were shouting and hugging, it was so emotional because we
have waited so long for a champion. It was an amazing day
for Brtiish tennis and for Britain. It felt like the Olympics.
The whole countrry was watching. Andy has dedicated his
life to this, and he produced a performance that was exquisite.
On behalf of everyone in Britain, well done Andy. Congrat-
ulations, you have lifted us all. "He is an amazing player,
he showed today that he has brilliant technique and incredible
courage. Djokovic is an artist of comebacks, but Andy was
Hugh Robertson, UK Sports Minister: "Congratulations
to Andy Murray on his incredible performance and historic
victory. He has made Britain proud."
Boris Becker, three-time Wimbledon champion: "You
cannot underestimate the impact of Ivan Lendl. You can t
give him enough credit. He never shows any emotion but
today he was actually a bit agitated. I haven t seen him like
that. He is human after all. I am sure Andy has won it in his
mind a thousand times but it s reality now. You can t applaud
him loud enough for what he has done. The next goal is to
be the world number one and he already holds two grand
slams. He needs to do everything he can to get that number
one spot. There is a serious threat that he can do it."
Sir Chris Hoy, retired Olympic champion cyclist: "It has
been an absolute privilege to have been in the box with crew
and family and friends. It was a special moment to share
with them and they must have wondered if it was ever going
to happen. It looks like a walkover with a three-set win but
it was a real battle. Andy took everything Djokovic threw
at him. Now after 77 years, we can celebrate a British winner
at Wimbledon. You can see the difference the Olympics win
had for him, it gave him the extra confidence. It is an amazing
achievement and there is no reason why he can t be a multiple
winner of Wimbledon."
Roger Draper, the chief executive of the Lawn Tennis
Association: "Andy has provided British tennis with its
finest moment, on the world s greatest tennis stage. Just as
he did last year, at the Olympics and US Open, Andy has
proved himself to be an inspirational role model, and he has
given British tennis a fantastic opportunity to get more
people playing tennis."
Mats Wilander, winner of seven grand slam titles: "I
think Andy Murray can win six, seven, eight, nine, 10 majors.
The only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. These
two here are going to decide who gets ahead in the history
books. I hope they both decide this is a rivalry that s just
going to grow and become great on all the different surfaces,
in all four majors."
Britain s 77-year wait for a men s
singles champion at Wimbledon was
finally ended when Andy Murray beat
world number one Novak Djokovic in
straight sets yesterday.
Bidding to become the first Brit since
Fred Perry in 1936 to lift the title at
the All England Club, Murray put last
year s defeat to Roger Federer firmly
behind him and thrilled the Centre
Court crowd with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 vic-
The annual reminder that another
year has passed since Perry s pomp will
not come in 2014; instead it will be
Murray returning to defend the title he
won quite brilliantly on a searingly hot
day in London.
Murray landed the US Open in New
York title last September, after winning
Olympic gold at Wimbledon, but today s
prize was the one he, like generations
of previous British challengers before,
had wanted the most.
Murray broke down in tears of joy
and relief when Djokovic found the net
at match point down.
Murray strolled around the court
high-fiving spectators in the crowd as
the enormity of his achievement sank
in.The 26-year-old Scot asked Wim-
bledon referee Andrew Jarrett for per-
mission to go up to his box in the stands,
where he embraced mother Judy.
Murray had a huge smile on his face
as he was presented with the trophy
by the Duke of Kent.
"It feels slightly different to last year,"
he said. "I m so glad to finally do this."
Murray started the match extremely
well, earning three break points in the
opening game, but he could not take
any of them and the crowd groaned.
He did not have to wait long for more
chances. Three times Djokovic saved
break points in the third game but Mur-
ray took a fourth chance, wrong-footing
his opponent with a backhand.
When they played in the Australian
Open final in January, Murray had not
broken the Djokovic serve all match.
But the world number one was
straight on the offensive, targeting the
Murray second serve and breaking when
the Scot netted a backhand.
Murray was striking the ball extreme-
ly well and pushed Djokovic into errors
as he regained the break to lead 4-3.
Murray began the next game with
two double faults. He faced two more
break points but saved them, the second
after a long rally where at one point
umpire Mohamed Lahyani appeared to
call a Djokovic shot long.
Play continued and after Murray
finally won the point Djokovic protested
at length to Lahyani.
Murray was going for his shots on
the big points, none more so than the
forehand he drilled into the corner to
save a third break point.
The second seed knew what a big
game it was and when he eventually
held the crowd roared and Djokovic
yelled and gesticulated at his box.
The Serbian survived a fall to hold
and trail 5-4 but Murray played a perfect
game to serve it out, taking the set 6-
4. It was a great start for the British
number one, but he knew he had done
the same in his last three matches
against Djokovic and lost them all.
The world number one was struggling
to hit winners, managing only six in
the first set compared to 17 unforced
errors, while Murray s statistics were
the exact opposite.
But there were signs at the start of
the second set that Djokovic was raising
his level and that was certainly the case
as he broke Murray to lead 3-1.
Fortune favoured Murray as the ball
flicked off the tape to give him two
break points at 4-2 behind.
Murray netted on both but forced a
third, Djokovic hitting the deck for a
third time in a vain attempt to retrieve
a forehand, and this time the Serbian
Djokovic had used up all his Hawk-
Eye challenges, and that came back to
haunt him in the 11th game as a Murray
backhand that he thought was long
was called in.
He raged at Lahyani, prompting boos
from the crowd, but had to face two
break points. He saved one but netted
a forehand on the second to leave Mur-
ray serving for the set.
Djokovic had lost his cool and could
not put any pressure on Murray, with
the Scot slamming down an ace to take
the set 7-5 for a two-set lead.
Murray made the best possible start
to the third set by breaking.
He somehow retrieved a Djokovic
forehand to keep the point alive and
then won it on a challenge when a back-
hand was shown to be long.
Murray had already begun to head
back to his chair having assumed the
shot would be called out.
The Scot, who was on a 17-match
winning streak on grass, was in new
territory at Wimbledon but looked com-
He had to keep the pressure on,
though, and Djokovic seemed to gain
belief by holding from 0-30 in the third
That looked very important when he
forced a break point in the next game
and Murray missed a volley he should
A match that Murray had been in
complete control of had become a lot
tighter, and when he netted a forehand
to trail 4-2, Djokovic had won four
games in a row.
Britain's wait for men's Wimbledon title ends...
Tearful Murray stops Djokovich
Andy Murray lifts his trophy after
winning the men's Wimbledon final
against Novak Djokovich yesterday.
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