Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

British winner boosts Murray mania

Britain's Jonathan Marray, right, and Denmark's Frederick Nielsen celebrate winning the men's doubles final at Wimbledon
Lydia Payne, left, and Rosie Erwin camp overnight for access to the grounds for the men's final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer
Fans camp overnight for access to the grounds for the men's final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer

Murray mania has reached fever pitch as the nation pinned its hopes on the Scot becoming the first British men's Wimbledon singles champion in 76 years.

Andy Murray is hoping to join compatriot Jonny Marray in the history books after the 31-year-old became the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's doubles in the same period of time.

To rapturous cheering and applause, Marray and Danish partner Freddie Nielsen took the title, beating Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-3 in the final.

It makes Marray the first Briton to win the event in 76 years - the same feat Murray is hoping to achieve in his men's singles final on Sunday. Wimbledon wildcards Marray and Nielsen were presented with their trophies by the Duke of Kent on Centre Court.

Marray, 31, who previously revealed he had dreamt of playing on Centre Court since watching Tim Henman 11 years ago, said: "We can't believe it obviously. It's tough to sink in, I don't know what to say."

Of his history-making victory, he said: "What a great honour that is, people keep giving me these statistics, I just want to cherish every moment out there."

Marray and Nielsen will share £260,000 in prize money for their finals victory - a huge boost to the Yorkshireman, who has amassed just £275,000 playing Challenger tournaments around the world.

Fellow Briton Murray has been preparing for the match of his life when he takes on six-time champion Roger Federer on Sunday. The 25-year-old - the first Briton to reach the men's singles final in 74 years - is hoping to fill Fred Perry's shoes by lifting the winner's trophy.

Marray said he was sure Murray was watching. "He follows how all the guys do. We're friends and everything. I'm sure he was watching it. If it gives him any kind of inspirational help, I'm sure it would be good. But I don't know," he said.

He said he hoped the Scot could find success in tomorrow's match, adding: "Obviously everyone's hoping for him to win. He's come so close in a lot of Grand Slams so many times before. He's working hard and he's right at the top of his game. I don't see why he can't."

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