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Andy Murray ends Britain's Wimbledon dry spell with an epic win

Andy Murray brought home a long-awaited triumph for Britain on Sunday as he beat out the world's number-one tennis player to win Wimbledon.

Murray won the men's title at Wimbledon with an incredible 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic.

The 26-year-old Scot was cheered on by most of the 15,000 fans who braved the heat and packed into a sold-out Centre Court.

"I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon so I hope you enjoyed it," Murray told the crowd after the match. "I tried my best."

One year after a crushing defeat to Roger Federer, Murray became the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry's last victory in 1936.

Virginia Wade was the last British woman to win the championship in 1977.

Murray sweated through three hours and nine minutes of intense play in soaring temperatures.

The final game lasted a grueling 13 minutes as Murray obtained and lost three match points against Djokovic.

"I worked so hard in that last game. It's the hardest few points I've had to play in my life," Murray said after holding up the Challenge Cup.

Djokovic congratulated Murray on the win, saying he knew how much taking the Wimbledon title on his home turf meant to him.

"Congratulations to Andy, you absolutely deserved it, you played incredibly," he said. "I know what it means to you guys in the whole country so well done. It is a great achievement."

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