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Andy Murray crowned Wimbledon champion as Britons take five trophies at SW19

Published 10/07/2016

Andy Murray in action against Milos Raonic on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Andy Murray in action against Milos Raonic on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Andy Murray in action against Milos Raonic on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Andy Murray in action against Milos Raonic on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Milos Raonic in action against Andy Murray on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Andy Murray in action against Milos Raonic during the Men's Singles Final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Milos Raonic in action against Andy Murray during the Men's Singles Final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Andy Murray (right) and Milos Raonic before the mens singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Prime Minister David Cameron with his mum Mary on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Andy Murray will hope to be repeating the pose this afternoon
Guests in the Royal Box including Hugh Grant (centre) on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon title in the nation's greatest ever weekend at the All England Club.

British players won five trophies during the Championships' finale, taking home the silverware from every final they were in.

Murray led the charge in SW19, leaving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the other guests in the Royal Box in raptures with his straight sets victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.

But there was also triumph for Heather Watson and her Finnish partner Henri Kontinen in the mixed doubles, Scot Gordon Reid in the inaugural Wimbledon men's wheelchair singles and in the doubles with Norwich teenager Alfie Hewett, and Jordanne Whiley, who tasted victory in the final of the ladies' wheelchair doubles.

Their achievement eclipsed that of 1936, when Fred Perry led a team of Britons to four Wimbledon titles.

On Centre Court, a partisan crowd rattled the rafters with a roar of appreciation for their hero Murray, standing together to cheer and applaud his brilliance after he claimed his third Grand Slam with victory over Raonic.

Prime Minister David Cameron - who was booed by the fans - actors Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon all lauded Murray from the Royal Box, while wife Kim and his mother Judy shouted their congratulations from his player's area.

Murray held his head in his hands and wiped away tears, overcome with emotion as the enormity of his achievement dawned on him.

After being presented with the trophy he said he was "proud" to get his hands on it again after tough losses on Centre Court in the past.

He said: "Last time I was so relieved - I was very nervous today as well - but just so much stress and pressure I didn't really get the chance to enjoy it.

"I will make sure I enjoy this one tonight for sure."

He also defended Mr Cameron when he was booed, saying: "I think playing a Wimbledon final is tough, I certainly wouldn't like being Prime Minister, it's an impossible job."

After his win, William and Kate congratulated the 29-year-old as he clutched the gilt trophy to his chest.

The couple asked him about his five-month-old daughter Sophia, in an exchange caught by the BBC.

William said: "How's your daughter?," and Murray replied: "She's great. Last three nights slept through."

The Duke suggested that had been "a good omen", and told him: "So pleased for you, well done," with Kate adding: "You can relax with your family now."

Murray later posted a photograph on social media of himself posing with the Wimbledon trophy in an ice bath, saying: "Holding this bad boy makes the ice bath that little bit more bearable."

The Scot was left a little star-struck when he met Sherlock actor Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter - but he still had enough energy left to fist-pump at news from Cumberbatch that he is filming a fourth series of the show.

In a video posted on Facebook, Murray can be seen telling Cumberbatch he is a "huge, huge fan".

The new Wimbledon champion was later taken aback when the BBC's Sue Barker put it to him that he might have to dust off his dancing shoes for the champions' dinner after Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams re-introduced the tradition last year.

He said: "I think it can go into retirement again. The next winners can try it again, but no dancing for me tonight - unless I have had a few glasses of Champagne, then it's possible."

Murray also revealed he would like to take the trophy to bed - but had to give it back an hour after his victory.

He told Barker: "I didn't want to let go of it because I don't get to see it now again until tomorrow morning, unfortunately.

"It's a shame, I would have liked to have taken it back and slept with it - I didn't want to let go of it when I was on the court.

"I kept hold of it for as long as I could but now they have taken it away."

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