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At long last: Murray ends Wimbledon wait with straight sets victory over Djokovic

77 years after Fred Perry’s win, the Scot claimed his second Grand Slam title in style.

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ANDY MURRAY ENDED the long, excruciating wait for a British male champion at Wimbledon with an impressive 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over top seed Novak Djokovic.

In soaring temperatures in Centre Court of the SW19 London venue, the Scot become the first Briton since Virginia Wade in 1977 and the British man since Fred Perry 77 years ago.

Having edged the opening two sets Murray looked ready to underline his superiority on the day with an early break in the third set, but five-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic leveled the game back up before Murray broke the Serb a second time to leave him serving for the match at five games to four.

There was more drama to come from there, however, as Murray failed to capitalise on three Championship Points and Djokovic clawed his way back to signal the start of some nail-biting rallies around Deuce.

Murray took his advantage and a fourth Championship Point after a terrific rally where he managed to defend a smash from Djokovic to keep the rally alive. On the next point the Scot’s powerful forehand forced the Serb into an error and the Centre Court crowd erupted to the sight of Djokovic’s ball falling back off the net.

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The title is Murray’s second Grand Slam victory after beating Djokovic in last year’s US Open final.

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