Andy Murray Wins First Grand Slam Title
The Scotsman secured a two-set lead before pegged back by the defending champion and he appeared to be wilting.
But Murray rallied in the deciding set to win an enthralling encounter and become the first male British Grand Slam champion since Fred Perry in 1936.
Both players looked nervous at the start of the match as they struggled in the windy conditions, the pair swapping breaks of serve with Murray breaking again in game five before consolidating in the next, a game that included a 54-shot rally.
Djokovic began to come back at him though, and he was back on level terms at 4-4, the Serb grinding down his opponent despite Murray consistently chasing down shots, with the set going to a tie-break.
Neither player managed to open up a convincing lead but Murray finally saw an opportunity and pounced on it as he forced an error from Djokovic, who struck his service return long as Murray won the tie-break 12-10 to claim an opening set that had lasted for one hour and 27 minutes.
That seemed to boost Murray’s confidence and the No 3 seed raced into a 4-0 advantage in the next set, with Djokovic seemingly struggling to come to terms with losing the opener.
He did rally to break Murray in the fifth game and again in the ninth but the Scotsman held his nerve to take a two-set lead after breaking back once Djokovic hit a forehand shot long.
Djokovic was never going to give up his crown lightly, however, and after holding his serve with a delightful backhand volley that just dinked over the net, he broke Murray before doing so again to establish a 5-2 lead, a smash then securing the set as Murray laboured.
Djokovic appeared keen to maximise his advantage and he broke serve again at the start of the fourth set, and despite his opponent holding on as the set went with serve, the Serb broke again to claim it 6-3 with Murray hitting a return long to leave the contest level at two sets apiece.
The Serb looked odds-on to take a stranglehold on the match from there but Murray hung on and broke at the beginning of the decider and again to make it 3-0, with the finish line now tantalisingly in sight.
Djokovic rallied once more and broke straight back but Murray held his nerve to edge ever closer to victory, securing one last break of serve before serving out for the championship and with it a place in the history books.
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