For the first time in 77 years a British male has won Wimbledon. In the finals match that lasted more than three hours, Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in three sets. At Wimbledon 2012, Murray made the finals for the first time but lost to Roger Federer. After that match Murray made a speech where he insisted that he was getting closer. He knew the pressure that he was about to face. He had to win Wimbledon in 2013 or the pressure would grow.
The best rivalry in tennis looks like it has passed from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Murray and Djokovic met for the fourth time in a majors final on Sunday. Each of them have now won two when they play head to head. Murray has been to the finals in his last four majors, beating Djokovic in the 2012 U.S. Open, losing to Djokovic in the 2013 Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer in last year’s Wimbledon final and beating Djokovic on Sunday. Murray also beat Roger Federer for the Gold Medal in the 2012 Olympics which had the tennis portion at Wimbledon. Djokovic has won six majors in his career. He has dominated the Australian Open by winning four times down under. He has been the winner one time at Wimbledon as well as the U.S. Open. He just needs to win at the French Open and he will have a career grand slam.
Andy Murray won his first major last year at the U.S. Open vs Novak Djokovic. That was one of the most epic finals in history that lasted four hours and 54 minutes. The first set started off neck and neck with a tiebreaker that went to Andy Murray. In the second set, Murray stole one of Djokovic’s serves and won 7-5. In the third and fourth sets, Djokovic won 6-2 and 6-3 to send them to a fifth set. Murray had been so close to winning his first major and then he started to blow it. It’s almost the same as it was for Lebron James before he won his first title because Murray would have been destroyed in the England headlines if he had lost. Winning sets three and four handily put all the momentum in Djokovic’s favor. Surprisingly Murray won the fifth set 6-2 to capture his first major. His next win would be Wimbledon.
The whole crowd at Wimbledon was cheering for Murray on every point and respectfully cheered Djokovic on every point he won. When he was serving for the win the crowd was on its feet ready to cheer. Djokovic fought and fought but Murray was finally able to put it away. After the match Djokovic said that he was aware of the pressure that Murray had and that Murray played very hard and deserved it. Murray was very happy winning for his home country that hadn’t won since 1936.
The match resembled the U.S. Open for a while. Murray won the first two sets 6-4 and 7-5. In the second set he was down 4-1 and then amazingly came back and won. In the third set Murray started up 2-0 and then Djokovic came back and took a 4-2 lead. It appeared as if Murray would lose the third set. But then he finished out the match winning four straight games and winning the match.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and now Andy Murray are the four stars of tennis. It can be argued that Murray was a star before his second major but this cements him in the history books. Those four have won the last 15 grand slam singles titles, and 36 of the last 37. There are 4 majors in a year. For just over 9 years nobody else besides Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2009 U.S. Open has won a major. With four stars the future of tennis is very bright.
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