The No. 2-ranked tennis player becomes the first Briton since Fred Perry to conquer the men's singles.
Scottish tennis player Andy Murray made history today by being the first Briton to claim the Wimbledon men's singles title after 77 years, winning over Serbian Novak Djokovic in straight sets, (6-4), (7-5), (6-4). The No. 2-ranked Murray beat top-ranked Djokovic to become the first British tennis pro to conquer the grand slam tournament since Fred Perry who last won it back in 1936.
It did help the 26-year-old athlete that he was playing in front of his fellowmen, being cheered by all 15,000 of them right on Centre Court at the All England Club. It took Murray a long and arduous 3 hours and 10 minutes before Djokovic drove a backhand towards the net to end the match, sending the British No. 1 player down on his knees as he celebrated his victory.
"I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon so I hope you enjoyed it," Murray told the crowd after parading his trophy. Djokovic was gracious in defeat, giving much-deserved credit to his competitor by saying, "The bottom line is that he was a better player in decisive moments. He was all over the court."
Among the famous Britons who witnessed the action unfold during the championship match were U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, "Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera" star Gerard Butler, fashionista Victoria Beckham a.k.a. Victoria Adams and former The Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood. Actors Jeremy Piven and Bradley Cooper with model girlfriend Suki Watrehouse were also on hand to see Murray win that afternoon.