• Wimbledon, Day 13

Historic point a blur for elated Murray

ESPN staff
July 7, 2013
Andy Murray was an unbelievable popular Wimbledon champion © Getty Images

Andy Murray admitted in the aftermath of his historic Wimbledon triumph that he could remember nothing of the final point that etched his name further into British sporting history.

The 26-year-old defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Sunday on Centre Court to end the long wait for a domestic male winner at the All England Club, following in the footsteps of Fred Perry's third and final SW19 title back in 1936.

The championship was sealed - at the fourth attempt - with a brief back-and-forth with Djokovic that ultimately saw the Serbian bury a groundstroke into the net, sparking huge celebrations around the country.

But Murray - who immediately clambered up to the players' box to celebrate with his family and friends - admitted afterwards he could remember nothing of the final part of the match.

"That was one of the toughest moments, today was an unbelievably tough match," said Murray. "I don't know how I came through the final three points, I'm so glad to do it."

He added: ""That last point, I have no idea what happened. I have no idea how long that last game went on for."

The Scot was elated to finally deliver a home victory, although he was keen to pay tribute to the fighting qualities of his opponent.

"I have played Novak many times and when everyone finishes playing, he will go down as one of the fighters," he said. "He's come back so many times from losing positions and he almost did the same today and that is what made it extra tough.

"I understand how much everyone wanted to see British winner at Wimbledon and I hope everyone enjoyed it.

"I hope you guys enjoyed it. I did my best!"

Djokovic, for his part, was gracious in defeat - congratulating both player and nation on their momentous occasion.

"Congratulations to Andy, you absolutely deserved it, you played incredible tennis," the world No. 1 said. "Congratulations to his team and to all of you guys [the fans], I know what it means to you guys in the whole country so well done."

Murray also dedicated the victory to coach Ivan Lendl, who never managed to win Wimbledon despite a storied professional career.

"My team have stuck by me through some tough moments," he added. "This one is for Ivan as well, I know he did everything to try to win this one when he was playing.

"He's fantastic, he's been patient and I thank him."

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