Andy Murray has won two of the last three Grand Slam tournaments he’s entered. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WIMBLEDON, England — The 77-year drought is over.
Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936. Murray, who lost in the final last year, won his second Grand Slam title, after taking the 2012 U.S. Open.
Murray hit 36 winners and 21 unforced errors while outplaying Djokovic, who finished with 31 winners and 40 unforced errors over three hours and nine minutes. Despite his subpar form, Djokovic built a 4-1 lead in the second set as well as a 4-2 lead in the final set but couldn’t hold on. He is now 0-2 against Murray on grass without winning a set, having lost at the London Olympics last year at the All England Club.
“The bottom line is that he was a better player in decisive moments,” Djokovic said. “Both second and third sets, I was 4‑2 up and dropped the serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason.”
Murray broke Djokovic at 4-4 in the third set to earn a chance to serve for the title. He built a 40-love lead but couldn’t convert any of the three championship points, and he eventually had to fend off three break points against the steely Djokovic. Finally, on his fourth championship point, Murray came through as Centre Court erupted.
“Winning Wimbledon, yeah, I still can’t believe it,” a shell-shocked Murray told reporters. “Can’t get my head around that. I can’t believe it.”
Game-by-game analysis of a historic Wimbledon final after the jump.