Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon – 7 July 2013

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Say it now. Say it again. Remind yourself that, today, in blistering heat, on slippy worn-out grass, Andy Murray won on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS: Andy Murray won the Championships today.

Throughout the season, journalists have filed endless reports on the exceptional circumstances of this electrifying Championships. They told us that this was shaping up to be the game-changing year. This year’s action in SW19 – so they said – would be remembered for decades.

And how right they were.

The first big shock was Rafael Nadal (the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon winner), out on Day One. He’d lost to a little-known Belgian, ranked internationally at Number 135. Then, two days later, reigning champion Roger Federer suffered his earliest Wimbledon exit since 2002. Again, it was a World Number Hundred-And-Something who dealt the blow.

After his dramatic victory over Jerzy Janowicz, the stage was set for Murray to win the final. Just one thing stood in his way: a 6ft 2in monster, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest tennis players of all time. Six Grand Slam singles titles to his name, Novak Djokovic won his semi-final match to become the star-act for today’s tennis showdown.

But the audience’s real support was not with the main act, but rather his co-star: the Number 2. Andy Murray.

MONSTER: The incredible Novak Djocovic.WINNER: Murray wins.

As much as his win today was a victory for Mr A Murray, it was also one for Mr J Public. The support of the British people is, perhaps, what has driven a dour and solitary Scot to the relatable and hallowed star that we saw today.

What we saw was theatre. Magic. Tennis brilliance.

Sailing through set after set, Murray was incredible. The BBC’s man remarked: “We can afford, in here [the commentary box], to start thinking about 1936 and all that.” Then, though, the wise old crux: “…On the court, they can’t.”

Unfortunately, this was true. Suddenly, in the third set, the unstoppable Murray stopped. The monster was fighting back; clawing at his tired, battered opponent with ruthlessness.

But, from nowhere, Murray pulled it out of the bag.

History has been made today. Remember where you were. Remember this forever.

2013. It’s the new 1936.

THE WINNING CROWD: Andy Murray displays the trophy to the cheering supporters.

THE WINNING CROWD: Andy Murray displays the trophy to the cheering supporters.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 20-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. A self-professed "lover of life", he enjoys a busy calendar of activities and engagements. With regular involvement in the Scout Association and his church, he was made Head Boy in his final year at school. After a gap-year spent as a Teaching Assistant at a local junior school, he is now half-way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he swims, reads, and enjoys writing about himself in the third-person.