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Murray ends 77-year British drought at Wimbledon

Andy Murray ended Great Britain's 77- year wait for a homegrown men's singles champion at Wimbledon with a straight- set victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

The second-seeded Murray took down Djokovic by a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 margin on Centre Court, giving Britain its first male Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry won in 1936.

Murray, who lost to Roger Federer in last year's final, joined Perry and Bunny Austin as the only British men to reach multiple Wimbledon finals since the knockout format was introduced in 1922.

"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."

Murray beat Djokovic at the 2012 U.S. Open for his maiden Grand Slam title before the Serb got revenge in the final of this year's Australian Open. Djokovic also beat Murray in the Australian Open title match in 2011.

Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was seeking his seventh Grand Slam title. Despite Sunday's defeat, Djokovic holds an 11-8 edge over Murray in their all-time series.

"Congratulations to Andy you absolutely deserved it, you played incredibly," Djokovic said. "I know what it means to you guys in the whole country so well done. It is a great achievement. I gave it my all and it was an honor to be in this match, in this final."

The 6-foot-3 Murray, who skipped last month's French Open due to injury, is now 2-5 in major finals.

Scotland's Murray, who upset Federer in the Olympic gold medal match last year, has also won 18 consecutive matches on grass.

After falling behind 3-2 in the first set, Murray won the next three games to gain control. He broke Djokovic's serve twice in the opening set that lasted 59 minutes.

The turning point in the match came with Djokovic ahead 4-1 in the second set. Murray showed that he was ready to end the British drought at Wimbledon by winning six of the next seven games to take the set.

Djokovic had one final push left in him after Murray jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third set. The Serb won four straight games and seemed to be gaining some momentum. Murray, however, closed out the match by winning the final four games.

"I don't know how I managed to come through that last game from [holding] three match points," Murray said. "I'm so glad to finally do it."

Murray's victory put the end to a wild two weeks at Wimbledon, which featured early exits by Rafael Nadal and Federer.

The 26-year-old won his fourth title in 2013 and improved to 28-14 for his career in finals. On the other hand, Djokovic fell to 37-20 in title matches.

Murray overcame 24th-seeded rising Polish star Jerzy Janowicz to reach Sunday's title bout. Djokovic outlasted Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set classic to secure his spot in the final.

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