In 1936, Gone with the Wind was published, the Phantom made his first appearance, the Hoover Dam was completed, Jesse Owens won the Olympic 100m at the first ever live television broadcast of a sporting event and a certain Brit, Fred Perry became the All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World. The world has changed since then – great novels have been published, legendary comic characters have made their appearance, amazing engineering feats have been completed and when Usain Bolt won the 100m dash at the 2012 Olympics, it was broadcast live on 3D. Today, Britain can also finally leave the ghost of Fred Perry behind as Andy Murray ended the island nation’s 77 year wait for a Wimbledon men’s singles champion by defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. A year on from his heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer, Andy Murray showed his increased maturity, control and resilience, upstaging the World No.1 sinking to his knees, covering his face in disbelief and finally climbing the stands to celebrate with his family and team in jubilation. Djokovic for his part had his chances but couldn’t convert the key moments against an inspired Andy Murray. The win was Andy Murray’s second slam to go with his US Open triumph last year and his second consecutive triumph at Wimbledon following Olympic gold last year.
Murray was given a rousing cheer by the adoring British public who to their credit also cheered on Djokovic. Djokovic was composed and gracious in defeat congratulating Murray for his achievement stating that to face the pressures that Murray does only enhanced this triumph. Murray was his usual understated self only saying that it was “different” from last year. He congratulated his opponent and joked with the crowd clearly displaying that relief at finally winning the title that clearly means so much to him.