Magic! Murray wins Wimbledon bringing an end to our 77 year wait for men’s winner
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The nation celebrates as Andy Murray wins the men's Wimbledon title.
Andy Murray sank to his knees as he made history today and became the first British man to take the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years.
Murray, 26, raised a standing ovation on Centre Court where crowds roared their support as he sealed a thrilling victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.
The Scot broke down in tears of joy as his triumph sank in before sprinting across the famous lawn to embrace his girlfriend in the player's box.
The win makes Murray the first British man to take the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936.
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A raucous crowd bellowed in delight and a similar wave of joy reverberated across Murray Mount as the Scot triumphed in straight sets.
Moments earlier, Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears, 25, brought her hands together as tension escalated on the packed court.
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An explosion of cheers rang out minutes later as Murray claimed the title that has eluded him for so long, following the three hour and ten minute battle.
Miss Sears put her hands on her head in apparent disbelief while Murray's mother Judy wept.
The Scot threw his hands in the air, smiling broadly before embracing his Serbian opponent.
He kicked a tennis ball into the crowd and then dropped to his knees, shaking.
In a Wimbledon tradition, Murray climbed into the player's box where he first hugged coach Ivan Lendl, then girlfriend Kim Sears, along with other members of his team, as well as fellow Olympian Chris Hoy.
The Scot appeared to forget mother Judy, who broke down in tears after his win and could be heard to say 'finally' as she hugged other supporters in the box.
Murray returned to hug his mother before she was congratulated by his opponent's parents.
Murray, who held his trophy aloft and kissed it, said: 'It feels slightly different to last year, last year was one of the toughest moments of my career.
'It was an unbelievably tough match, so many long games and I don't know how I managed to come through that.
'That final game was unbelievable, three match points.'
Paying tribute to the huge support he has received, Murray said: 'I understand how much everyone else wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon so I hope you guys enjoyed it, I did my best.'
Asked if he had forgotten mother Judy in his immediate celebrations, he admitted: 'I did forget her, I just heard squealing behind me when I was trying to get down and I turned back.'
Murray dedicated the game to coach Ivan Lendl, as well as praising his team.
He said: 'I have got a great team, they have stuck by me through a lot of tough moments and this one is especially for Ivan as well.
'He did everything to try and win this when he was playing and I am glad I was able to help him out when he is coaching.
'He is a fantastic person, has worked very hard with me, is very patient with me because I am not easy at times.'
Praising Djokovic, he said: 'I played Novak many times and I think when everyone has finished playing he is going to go down as one of the biggest fighters.
'He has come back so many times from losing positions and he almost did it again today so that made it extra tough.'
The win came after fans on Centre Court answered Murray's call to arms today and greeted the star with a deafening roar as he stepped onto the world-famous lawn.
The British number one said the backing of fans was integral to his campaign and the crowd appeared wholly aware of its role this afternoon.
The player was met with a standing ovation as he embarked on his bid for the title and supporters kept up their cacophony of cheers until he claimed the crown more than three hours later.
Temperatures soared at SW19, with the mercury hitting 49.8C (122 Fahrenheit) in the sun on Centre Court just before 2pm, according to club officials.
St John Ambulance said medics treated tennis fans for ailments including dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion.
On Murray Mount, hordes of supporters sheltered from the sun under umbrellas, while those on Centre Court fanned themselves in a bid to stay cool.
In the Royal Box, a host of figures from the worlds of showbiz, politics and sport appeared gripped by the action as Murray moved towards his goal - and a position among the greatest British tennis players of all time.
Prime Minister David Cameron, Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper and footballer Wayne Rooney each took a prized seat on Centre Court, along with designer Victoria Beckham; celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's wife Tana; Labour leader Ed Miliband; actor Gerard Butler; and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond.
Murray's fellow Olympian and Scot Sir Chris Hoy was also spotted among the hordes who descended on the All England Club for the all-important tie.
Some of the most dedicated among their number began to line up outside the club on Friday to pick up a ticket to watch the action from Murray Mount. By 7am there were already as many people in the queue as could enter the grounds.