Andy Murray is thrillingly the new Wimbledon champion after a tremendous straight sets victory over Novak Djokovic in the Men’s Singles Final at SW19 on Sunday afternoon.
The reigning US Open king doubled his Grand Slam tally with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win to the delight of the UK who have waited 77 years for male success at the All England Club.
But there was nobody more elated than Murray himself who raised his arms and fists to the sky after securing the title on his fourth championship point as Djokovic finally gave up the ghost with a blundering backhand that found the net.
The scenes of joy for Murray were a far cry from last year’s final which saw the Scot receive a hero’s response for different reasons after breaking down in tears following a four set loss to Roger Federer.
But this time around, a Murray triumph was never really in doubt as he took charge of his Serbian opponent from the off.
Squandered chances came aplenty early doors, most notably in the very first game of the match which saw Murray at 0-40 on the Djokovic serve only for the World No.1 to claw things back for a vital hold.
Yet it was clear that Murray was really up for the contest and he finally converted a break point in the third game to move 2-1 ahead, the match already twenty minutes old with a long afternoon looking set to ensue.
The close, hard fought battle most people anticipated then showed more signs of life in the next game as Djokovic broke back but it was Murray who stole a march again at 3-3 with a crucial break which propelled him to serve out the first set.
Djokovic came after Murray in the second and raced into a 4-1 lead, the home favourite seemingly in trouble and devoid of an answer to the Serbian’s sudden acceleration through the gears.
But just as Murray responded against Verdasco and Janowicz in the quarters and semis, he found the answers once again and hit back with two comfortable holds either side of a break to level at 4-4.
And at 5-5, Murray struck another crucial blow, setting up a break point chance which was converted thanks to a Djokovic forehand that crashed into the net – the Serbian clearly losing concentration after a spat with the umpire just moments earlier.
Murray held serve to move two sets ahead and broke again at the start of the third to go 2-0 in front before failing to close out another opportunity on the Djokovic serve at 0-30.
Murray may well have lived to regret that moment as Djokovic moved 3-2 ahead however he immediately stepped on the gas once more to take a 5-4 advantage as he prepared to serve out for the championship at the change of ends.
As the whole of the country drew breath, Murray got to 40-0 in a flash but was pegged back by the dogged Djokovic who sensed the obvious anxiety from his opponent across the court.
Murray fended off numerous break points as the final teetered on a knife edge but after a superb net winner attained Murray the advantage, he served up the fourth championship point and it was all over on the fourth shot of the rally as Djokovic fluffed his lines.
The win completed a momentous year for Murray after Olympics and US Open success and he will now be in contention to topple Djokovic again in terms of the rankings and World No.1 berth before the season finishes.
Meanwhile on Saturday, Marion Bartoli defeated Sabine Lisicki in the Women’s Singles Final to achieve her maiden Grand Slam title.
Six years on from her defeat in the SW19 showpiece to Serena Williams, Bartoli took control from the off and dominated her German opponent who struggled to battle nerves throughout.
Crowd favourite Lisicki got her act together in the second set but it was far too late to prevent the efficient Frenchwoman who wrapped up a convincing 6-1 6-4 victory.