Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on Centre Court in a scorching Wimbledon men's singles final
Scot, 26, becomes the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 and puts himself in line for a knighthood
Embraces his coach, physio, dietician, fitness guru, girlfriend, best friend, father, friends - and then his mother
Girlfriend Kim Sears and Judy Murray among boisterous crowd yesterday as court temperatures nudged 50C
By ROBERT HARDMAN
Game, set, match, championship, sporting history and 77 years of collective national gratitude to the Olympian from Dunblane.
In an epic display of resilience, perseverance and sheer guts, Andy Murray finally filled the greatest void in British sport’s trophy cabinet at 5.24 yesterday afternoon, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 and put himself in line for a knighthood.
Andy Murray holds up the Wimbledon trophy after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the Men's Final today
He nearly committed an equally historic faux-pas at the moment of triumph, having clambered up into the stands to embrace his coach, physio, dietician, fitness guru, girlfriend, best friend, father and a few chums along the way. On his way down again, he remembered that there was someone else seated just behind the players’ box.
Andy Murray finally makes it up into the crowd to give mother Judy a hug and a kiss after beating Novak Djokovic...
Murray took the point to become the first British men’s singles winner since 1936
Andy Murray collapses to his knees after beating Novak Djokovic in three straight sets
To arguably the loudest cheers of the entire day, he returned to hug his mum.
History will record this as a straight sets affair. There was, of course, nothing straightforward in his victory over the world No 1. Time after time, the path to victory was blocked as the indomitable Serbian bounced back and pushed Murray to the limits.
Andy Murray celebrates beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic on a sweltering day 13 of the Wimbledon Championships in south-west London
At times, the Centre Court temperature was nudging 50C (122F). While that precluded any use of the dreaded sliding roof, which Murray hates, it made for Saharan conditions.
The 26-year-old wasn’t just sweating. Long before the first set was over, his shirt would have breached a hosepipe ban. Up in the Royal Box, even the Duke of Kent, president of the All England Club, had already removed his jacket, whereupon the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and others felt safe to follow suit.
Murray is overcome by his achievement at the end of his dramatic match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia
Andy Murray, left, poses with the Wimbledon trophy alongside Novak Djokovic after he won the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon
Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic of Sebia in the men's singles final
Murray poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy during the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel
Murray won the championship point at the end of an action-packed Wimbledon men's singles final