Andy Murray has pulled off something that some thought might never happen, becoming the first British-born male player to win at Wimbledon since 1936.
Murray defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to win his second Grand Slam in less than a year and his first ever Wimbledon, doing so with a game that he has worked so hard to refine over the last few seasons.
Murray was down in both the second and third sets, but fought back against a tired Djokovic that kept missing easy shots and putting second serve returns in the net.
It was the final game that was as indicative of a change in the way Murray plays tennis. Up 40-0 against Djokovic, the Scottish-born Murray couldn't close him out, and had to survive three break points before getting a fourth championship point for his first Wimbledon title. There he didn't let it waste away, putting his hands on his head as the Djokovic point hit the tape and it was Murray's championship finally.
What was the difference between this match and the one that Murray lost to Djokovic at the Australian Open final earlier this year? For starters it was the break point looks that Murray got. In that Djokovic win Murray failed to break the No. 1 player in the world a single time, but in just three sets on Sunday at Wimbledon Murray saw 17 break point opportunities, converting seven of those.
He also seemed to let Djokovic make the mistakes. Novak carded 40 unforced errors to Murray's 21, missing a lot of shots that are normally routine for a guy like Djokovic.
There are plenty of things you can look at as a change in the way Murray played this Wimbledon, but skipping the French Open because of an injury sure looked like it helped. Murray was fresher than Djokovic, who lost in the semifinals at Roland Garros to Rafael Nadal a month ago, and whenever he was down in those last two sets it seemed he found another gear and was able to outwork Djokovic during the big points.
A year ago, Murray was on this same stage, accepting the second place trophy as Roger Federer was claiming another Wimbledon trophy. This year it is all Murray, and the streets of London, Edinburgh and everywhere in between will be cheering this win for weeks, and months, to come.