Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Andy Murray's agony of last year's Wimbledon final loss is swept away

Andy Murray of Great Britain hits a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of Wimbledon

Andy Murray was "so glad to finally do it" after he won the Wimbledon title.

The 26-year-old Scot beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Centre Court, 6-4 7-5 6-4, to become the first British champion since Fred Perry won for the third time in 1936.

He was in tears of anguish last year after being beaten in the final by Roger Federer, but there was only joy this afternoon.

"It feels slightly different to last year," Murray said.

"Last year was one of the toughest moments of my career, so to manage to win the tournament today...

"It was an unbelievably tough match, so many long games."

He saw Djokovic come back from 40-love behind in the final game of the match to force deuce and threaten to level up at 5-5, but Murray dug deep and landed his reward.

"I don't know how I managed to come through that last game from (holding) three match points," he said.

"I'm so glad to finally do it."

Asked about the "torturous" nature of the final game, Murray said: "Imagine playing it.

"I've played Novak many times and when everyone's finished playing he's going to down as one of the biggest fighters.

"He's come back so many times from losing positions and he almost did the same again today.

"That made it extra tough and I just managed to squeeze through in the end.

"That win was for myself but I also understand how much everyone else wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I tried my best."

Murray had said after his semi-final win over Jerzy Janowicz that it would be tough to top those moments, but this was very special.

Murray said: "I also said that winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of tennis. The last game almost increased that feeling. I worked so hard in that last game.

"Mentally, that last game will be the toughest game I'll play in my career, ever.

"It was a different match to the US Open. Winning Wimbledon, I still can't believe it. I can't get my head around that.

"It was just an amazing finish to the match. I was glad I managed to see all of my team afterwards. They saw what it was like last year after the match. It was a completely different feeling this year.

"This one will take a little while to sink in, I'm sure."

Murray's mum Judy was obviously immensely proud of her son's achievements.

She said: "It's the best feeling ever to see your son win Wimbledon.

"This is what he has talked about winning since he was a little boy, it was a dream that has become a reality now for him."

Mrs Murray admitted she found it hard to watch her son's triumph.

"I have been shaking for the last three hours," she added.

"I am fine now but 15 minutes ago (just before Murray won) I was an emotional wreck.

"I can't remember exactly what happened. I know he was 40-0 up in the last game and then it went to deuce, but he gutsed it out.

"There were some outrageous points in the final game. They had been out there for three hours and it was so hot, but he was so determined to win it."

Murray was seeded second for the tournament behind Djokovic, but his mother always suspected her son would go on to become the first British man since Fred Perry to triumph at the All England Club.

"I had a good feeling," she said.

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