Andy Murray

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Eric Dodds

Many in the tennis world believed this day would never come. Andy Murray was too inconsistent, too brash and too surly to win Wimbledon–especially given the grip on the tournament held by Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who together took the previous 10 titles. And yet on July 7, Murray came through, defeating top-ranked Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the men’s singles final at the All-England Club. Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936–a 77-year drought. (British-born Virginia Wade won the Wimbledon women’s singles title in 1977.)

This is likely just the beginning for Murray. He’s only 26 and has won an Olympic gold medal and two Grand Slams in the past 12 months. He’ll defend his U.S. Open title in August. Exorcising Perry’s ghost would be a crowning achievement for most British players, but Murray is too talented and versatile for that to be his legacy. He’s no longer a sullen and underachieving star. He’s a deserving Wimbledon champion, one whom Britain can finally call its own.

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