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Murray Beats Djokovic, Wins 2013 Wimbledon

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Murray is the first Englishman to win the Wimbledon title in 77 years.

Murray Beats Djokovic, Wins 2013 Wimbledon

Despite being a roller coaster of upsets, under dogs, and unseen matches, the Wimbledon men's final match between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic was the matchup everyone hoped to see. Murray defeated Djokovic, becoming the first Briton to claim the Wimbledon trophy since Fred Perry in 1936. In straight sets of 6-4, 7-5, and 6-4, Murray displayed true grit in front of a very supportive Centre Court crowd. 

As you might have expected, the top two players in the world put on a incredible display of talent in their 19th match of their rivalry. During most of the match it almost seemed like they could predict each other's moves, making for a lot of extended and tiring rallies. This would be Murray's first victory against Djokovic since the U.S. Open final last year, giving him eight wins of the total 19 match-ups. Djokovic had won the previous three matches against Murray, including the Australian Open championship of last year. For Murray, this is his second career Grand Slam title and the second victory at the All England Club in the past year. He also, if you remember, won the gold medal during the London Olympics last summer. 

Murray was the better player from the start, but the difference between the two superstars was subtle during throughout the match. Murray got the first break to go up 2-1 in the opening set, keeping a strong defense against Djokovic's serve. Djokovic would break right back though, leveling the set. Both players seemed to have an answer for everything, creating some long rallies that only made the match that more intense. Andy Roddick seemed to think the same. 

Because Murray and Djokovic are two of the best defensive players in tennis, this came as no surprise. They were both able to return shots most would watch fly by, leading to some long and hard-fought games. Murray would proceed to break Djokovic in the next game to go up 4-3. Unfortunately for Murray, this wasn't anything new to Djokovic, who's won the last three matches in this same fashion by coming back from a couple sets down. He went on to grab an early break to go up 3-1 in the second set, but just as it looked like he was going to level the match, Murray fought back. Murray forced the No. 1 seed to break with a double fault causing his lead to fall to 4-3, a major turning point of the second set. 

Murray would continue to fend off multiple opportunities Djokovic had to regain the break. Murray scored another break to go up 6-5, causing Djokovic's 4-1 lead to slip through his hands. At this point, it looked like the championship was floating away from the top seed as Murray charged out of the gate and held serve to snag a 2-0 lead. As expected, Djokovic fought back. Much like he's done throughout his entire career, he went on a four-game winning streak to take command of the set, but ultimately couldn't hold onto it. 

Murray, in true champion fashion, won the final four games of the match--one of these included a marathon game at the end. Skeptics who had questioned his ability to win on one of the biggest stages have been overturned. Finishing with 19 fewer unforced errors than Djokovic, but five more winners, Britains wait is finally over as Murray forced a final error. The overall scoreline will show a straight-sets victory but the match wasn't at all a blowout. Murray fought just a little bit harder and was overall the better player, putting him back on the top of the tennis world. 

But despite his victory he's actually still not No. 1, but that seems to be okay with him. After being asked Monday whether moving to the top spot was his next goal, Murray responded "I don't know. It's a tough one for me, because right now I've won two Slams and the Olympic gold, and I'm nowhere near being No. 1. I don't know exactly why that is." via ESPN

Skipping the French Open because of a bad back probably didn't help this years champion move up in the rankings, but he's noted that he "would rather not get to No. 1 and win more Grand Slams than never win another Grand Slam and get to No. 1. I'd rather try to win more Slams." 

The front page of almost every British newspaper on Monday was plastered with Murray's face, and rumors are going around about whether he will be granted knighthood for the win. When asked what he thought about knighthood on Monday he said:

"I don't really know. I mean it's a nice thing to have, or be offered. I think just because everyone's waited for such a long, long time for this -- that's probably why it would be suggested, but I don't know if it merits that." via ESPN

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