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Murray stunned by Wimbledon triumph

Andy Murray withstood the pressure of history and the prowess of world number one Novak Djokovic to be crowned Wimbledon champion amid unforgettable scenes on Centre Court.

The 26-year-old from Dunblane ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles winner at the All England Club with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 triumph. His emotions were a total contrast to last year, when he had sobbed through his post-match speech after losing the final to Roger Federer.

That match proved a turning point, with the Scot going on to win Olympic gold and then winning his first grand slam title at the US Open. Murray had said after his semi-final win over Jerzy Janowicz that it would be tough to top those moments. "I also said that winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of tennis," said Murray.

"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."

In his post-match speech on court, Murray made special mention of coach Ivan Lendl, who tried so hard to win Wimbledon during his own career but was twice a beaten finalist.

"This one is especially for Ivan as well," Murray said. "Because I know he did everything to try to win this when he was playing, and I'm glad I was able to help him out when he was coaching."

The pair spoke afterwards, and Murray said: "He just said that he was proud of me, which obviously coming from him means a lot. He doesn't smile in public too much, but when he's away from the crowds and the cameras he's a very different character.

"Obviously ideally he would have won it himself, but I think this was the next best thing for him. I'm saying it seriously.

"I think he believed in me when a lot of people didn't. He stuck by me through some tough losses the last couple of years. He's been very patient with me. I'm just happy I managed to do it for him."

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