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Andy Murray becomes first British male to win Wimbledon in 77 years

By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   July 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM   |   Comments

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July 7 (UPI) -- Andy Murray was the first male Briton to win England's hallowed Wimbledon tournament Sunday, besting top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

The last British male to hoist the Wimbledon trophy at the All England Club was Fred Perry in 1936.

"He's someone that I've obviously never met, but is quite relevant in my career really," Murray said of Perry.

The marathon 3-hour, 9-minute match was punctuated by rallies on both sides of the court and ended when Murray put up four deuces, ESPN reported.

After his win, he dropped his racket, took off his hat and did a fist pump toward the crowd. He then climbed the stands to see his girlfriend Jim Sears and coach Ivan Lendl.

"The pinnacle of tennis," Murray said of his win. "I worked so hard in that last game, the hardest few points I ever played in my life."

As the champion, Murray won $2.4 million in addition to the Wimbledon trophy, as well as a nod from British Prime Minister David Cameron on Twitter.


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