Andy Murray just beat the number one ranked player in the world, on his home court, to win the Wimbledon title over Novak Djokovic in straight sets: 4-6, 5-7, 4-6. On the difficult road to finally winning a title in Britain, the internet and an entire nation rallied behind him. Over a gruelling 3 hours and nine minutes, Murray and Djokovic sparred like swordsmen at Center Court. Do not let the straight sets fool you: this match was always close, teetering from one direction to the other when, after an amazing rally for the final championship point, Murray overcame every professional demon that has haunted his professional career to end a 77 year drought.
"We've waited 77 years for this," the announcer teased. "Your 2013 Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray!" The crowd roared, a nation swayed, and a legacy was finally cemented. Andy Murray is the first British man to win a Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936. It was a hard road, though, with a disappointment in last year's final and falling behind in the second and third set to the best player in the world today. But the screaming fans -- not your typical tennis crowd, by a long shot -- rallied around him and guided him towards a title.