WIMBLEDON, England — Twelve months ago, Andy Murray was watering the grass of Centre Court with tears. Now he’s an Olympic gold medalist, a U.S. Open champion and, in case you missed it, the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years.
In defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday, Murray extended his grass winning streak to 18 matches and won his second Grand Slam title in his last three appearances.
“Winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of tennis,” Murray said. “I still can’t believe it. … This one will take a little while to sink in, I’m sure.”
Here are some of the best photos from the final day at Wimbledon, where Murray gave the home team so much to celebrate. The bubbly will be flowing down the streets of Wimbledon Village on Sunday night.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond were cheering hard from The Royal Box. (Anja Niedringhaus/AFP/Getty Images)
Murray and Djokovic have faced off in three of the last four Slam finals. Murray is 2-1 in those matches, and Djokovic leads the overall head-to-head 11-8. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
The weight of a nation would make you collapse on court, too. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
“It was just an amazing finish to the match,” Murray said after staving off three break points and converting his fourth championship point in the final game. “I was glad I managed to see all of my team afterward. They saw what it was like last year after the [loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final]. It was a completely different feeling this year.” (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Murray on his coach, Ivan Lendl: “I just think for him, obviously ideally he would have won it himself, but I think this was the next best thing for him. I’m saying it seriously. I mean, I think he believed in me when a lot of people didn’t.” (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Murray almost missed hugging his mother, Judy, when he went up into his player box. “No, I forgot,” he said. “Then I heard her screaming behind me.” (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
“For the last four or five years, it’s been very, very tough, very stressful, a lot of pressure,” Murray said, speaking about being the standard-bearer of British tennis. “Because it’s just kind of everywhere you go. It’s so hard to avoid everything because of how big this event is, but also because of the history and no Brit having won [since 1936]. It’s been very, very difficult.” (Karwai Tang/WireImage)
The atmosphere on Centre Court was like none anyone has ever seen, with the vocal British crowd loudly backing its man. “The atmosphere was incredible for him,” Djokovic said. “For me, not so much. But that’s what I expected and that’s how it was.” (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Ten minutes after getting his hands on the Wimbledon trophy, Murray broke it. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Andy Murray, 2013 Wimbledon champion. Party up, Britain. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)