Posted on 07-07-2013
Filed Under (Sports) by Rashtrakut

A year after his emotional runners up speech at Wimbledon, Andy Murray finally did it.  He is a Scot not English, but why quibble.  He is the first British player to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.  Murray has played very well since his Wimbledon loss – winning the Olympic Gold (at Wimbledon), the US Open and being the runner up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.  It was a gutty win with Murry  coming back from 4-1 in the second set and 4-2 in the third.  Then up 40-0 in the third set and with three championship points nerves caught up with him and Djokovic got to deuce and had multiple chances to break.  But Murray ultimately prevailed on his fourth championship point closing out the straight set win 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

With Roger Federer clearly in decline and Rafael Nadal continuing to battle injuries, Murray-Djokovic may be the tennis rivalry of the next few years.

Another highlight of the Murray win was the wild excitement shown by his coach Ivan Lendl.  Lendl a two time Wimbledon runner-up once famously quipped “grass is for the cows” when skipping Wimbledon in 1982 to go holidaying. Lendl may be the greatest grass court player to never win Wimbledon (other than the junior title in 1978).  His measured applause and hit of a smile was a rare display of emotion from the 8 time grandslam winner (clip below):

Congratulations Andy Murray.  Now let the US Open circuit begin. For the second year in a row there is a possibility of a different champion at each of the grandslam events.

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