Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win is a moment of jubilation for Britain

July 10, 2013 1:00 pm

murray wins wimbledonAndy Murray ’s win over Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men’s final ended what had been Britain’s 77-year drought in the competition. The actual game though, was a bit more straightforward than many had expected – or wished for, for that matter. Murray needed only 3 sets to defeat Djokovic, winning 6-4, 7-5 and 6-4. It was nerve-wrecking, exhausting and intense, to be sure, but at 3 hours and 9 minutes, it didn’t quite measure up, time-wise, to some other great games that the two had played – such as the 4 hours 50 minutes at the 2012 Australian Open semi-final or the 4 hours 54 minutes at the 2012 US Open final.

Clearly Djokovic wasn’t at his best, the first set statistics being relevant in this case- he hit 17 unforced errors and six winners, while Andy Murray hit six unforced errors and 17 winners- but this doesn’t take anything away from Murray. He went 4-1 down in the second set and after putting on his cap to protect him from the sun, something magical happened and he turned the result around, winning 7-5. It was a strange game also because the Serbian player showed a rare glimpse of his temper – with no challenges left in the second set he threw a raging forehand into the tape, giving Murray the two-set lead.

djokovic murrayThe match also had its fair share of tension and drama, especially in the last game, which resulted in a deuce that lasted for a good 15 minutes. Both players were claiming advantages and making brilliant runs up and down the court. One moment could have marred the whole game, though, as Murray asked for a challenge on a match point serve that was clearly out. Had he been right, although it would have won him the trophy, it would have been through unsportsmanlike conduct. In the end, it proved to be a game of errors more than anything, especially for Djokovic , who, by the end of the game, had made 40 of them. But this didn’t really matter, as the whole of Britain celebrated when Djokovic hit the net and gave Murray the winning point.

It’s a big win for Andy Murray, who’s won his second Grand Slam title, but especially for Britain, who haven’t had a British victory since Fred Perry’s win in 1936. Being a game played on British soil, Murray had the advantage of an excellent crowd behind him – though if he had lost, some would probably have been quick to point out that he is Scottish! At any rate, the spectators were nothing short of terrific, cheering and applauding at Murray’s every serve. Even some celebrities were there rooting for him, Gerard Butler watching the game alongside Bradley Cooper and exchanging some words with Wayne Rooney, who looked a bit like a chiseled bouncer in a suit .rooney wimbledon

If anything, this game points out that the No.1 and No.2 players are up there for a reason; it seems almost certain that they will rock the US Open and the Australian Open as well. They are definitely ones to watch. The game also heralds the end of Federer and Nadal’s hegemony. There is no doubt that they will make some sort of comeback, especially Nadal, who is only 27 years old, but no one knows when that will happen. Until then, we’re left with the truly memorable Murray – Djokovic match.

 

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