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Murray ends 77-year British drought at Wimbledon

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London, Jul 7 (EFE).- Scotland's Andy Murray beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 Sunday in the final at Wimbledon, becoming the first British man to win tennis' premier event in 77 years.

"It feels slightly different to last year," Murray said after the match. "Last year was one of the toughest moments of my career. It was a tough match and an unbelievably long final game. I don't know how I managed to come through. I'm just so glad."

Swiss great Roger Federer defeated Murray in last year's final 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, preventing the Scotsman from becoming the first British man to win the Grand Slam event since Fred Perry in 1936.

The 26-year-old Murray bounced back from his loss at Wimbledon last year by winning a gold medal at the London Olympic Games and the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam title.

"I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon. I tried my best. I've played Novak many times. He's going to go down as one of the biggest fighters. That made it extra tough. I just managed to squeeze through in the end," Murray said.

Djokovic, who won his lone title at the All England Club in 2011, advanced to the final with a grueling 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 victory last Friday against Argentina's Juan Martin, the longest men's singles semifinal in Wimbledon history at four hours and 43 minutes.

"Congratulations to Andy. He absolutely deserved this win," the 26-year-old Djokovic said. "He played incredible tennis. Congratulations to his team, I know how much it means to them, all of you guys and the whole country."

Wimbledon's Center Court was packed with 15,000 spectators, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and numerous personalities from the world of sports and entertainment.

Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tournament of the season and the only one played on grass.

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