Murray stunned by Wimbledon victory
Andy Murray was left in disbelief as he reached the "pinnacle of tennis" and became the first British man to lift the famous Wimbledon trophy in 77 years.
Murray, 26, raised a standing ovation on Centre Court where crowds bellowed their support as he sealed a thrilling victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.
The Scot broke down in tears of joy as he claimed the title that has eluded him for so long as a wave of celebration reverberated across the country. In the players' box, his mother Judy Murray wept freely while his girlfriend Kim Sears appeared to fight back tears as the British number one kissed his well-earned trophy.
The win makes Murray the first British man to take the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936. It followed a thrilling match which saw supporters back the player with such enthusiasm that noise levels reached volumes never previously witnessed at the All England Club. Murray spoke earlier of how the backing of fans was integral to his campaign and the crowd appeared wholly aware of its role.
As he stepped on to the world-famous lawn, those gathered on Centre Court answered his call to arms with a standing ovation and a deafening roar. And supporters kept up their cacophony of cheers until he claimed the crown more than three hours later.
Murray threw his hands in the air and a broad smile spread across his face before he sank to his knees in delight.
In keeping with Wimbledon tradition, he sprinted towards the players' box where he embraced members of his loyal "Team Murray" including Miss Sears, 25, who, just moments earlier, fought back her own tears as he triumphed in straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-4.
Murray later said the success would "take a little while to sink in" and admitted: "I don't really know what to say just now". He added: "Winning Wimbledon I think is the pinnacle of tennis. The last game almost increased that feeling... I worked so hard in that last game. It's the hardest few points I've had to play in my life... I still can't believe it. Can't get my head around that. I can't believe it."
The British number one, who lost out last year to Roger Federer and became the first man to take the Wimbledon title in shorts, said the weight of public expectation made his life "very difficult". But he thanked fans for their support on court and for creating a better atmosphere than ever before.
He said: "It was different to last year's final, for sure, and then (at) the end of the match, that was incredibly loud, very noisy. I've been saying it all week, but it does make a difference. It really helps when the crowd's like that, the atmosphere is like that. Especially in a match as tough as that one, where it's extremely hot, brutal, long rallies, tough games, they help you get through it."