Few of us thought we would see the day; and once it arrived few of us felt we would survive it! In a breathtakingly dramatic final, yesterday Scotland‘s Andy Murray clinched championship point to become Britain’s first male Wimbledon single champion in 77 years – and Britain couldn’t be prouder!
I blogged last year about our annual obsession with tennis during the Championships and this year was no different. After seeing Andy Murray reach Wimbledon final in 2012 only to lose in straight sets to the ever dominant and seven-time champion Roger Federer, Brits were holding their breath yesterday when we had a second chance to see a Brit once again lift the trophy in London. And the feat was to be no easier this year as he faced world number one from Serbia, Novak Djokovic. The win was, on paper, a straight-forward victory with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 straight sets score-line; not a tie-break or fifth set in sight! However in reality it was a tight tussle with Murray twice having to come back from a break down once in each of the second and third sets.
However, it was in the final game that the drama really unfolded; for the last few weeks we have cooked in one of our warmest Summers in a long while, but yesterday, in London‘s blistering heat, Andy Murray made us sweat for a whole new reason. Coming out to serve for the match Murray made it to 40-0 and held three consecutive championship points only for the Serbian player, with a combination of bravery, skill and a hint of luck, to edge his way back in to the game. Equalling at deuce all of a sudden what had seemed like a certain victory now hung once more in the balance. The tension was tangible in the stadium, on Henman Hill and on sofas up and down the country from the highest of the Scottish Highlands to the tip of Cornwall in England as Djokovic enjoyed three break points before Murray steadied the ship and his nerves finally clinching the victory on his fourth match point.
As Murray roared in celebration so did the British public. More than 20 million people in Britain, almost a third of the population, tuned in to watch the final – a sign of just what this historic win meant to the nation! Well done Andy Murray!