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History was made at Wimbledon yesterday. On a day which saw court-side temperatures reach nearly 50C, Andy Murray from Scotland became the first British Men’s singles champion at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

Andy Murray holding the Wimbledon Men's trophy, ending the 77-year wait since Fred Perry in 1936.

Andy Murray holding the Wimbledon Men’s trophy, ending the 77-year wait since Fred Perry in 1936.

It was a captivating match. The first game lasted over 10 minutes, with Murray having 3 break points. It was a portend for how closely fought the match would be. Although Murray won in 3 sets (6-4, 7-5, 6-4), nearly every point was keenly contested, and very few games were won easily by either player.

Murray needed every ounce of his strength and fitness to overcome his Serbian opponent. During each change of ends both players sat under parasols held by ball boys with ice cubes wrapped in towels around their necks to counter the heat. Long before the end of the first set, Murray’s shirt was drenched in sweat, but his years of dedicated conditioning had prepared him well for such energy-sapping conditions.

Not surprisingly, even after losing the first set 6-4, Djokovic was far from out of the match. The Serb went into a 4-1 lead in the 2nd set, but Murray fought his way back to take it 7-5. But still the World number 1 was not beaten. He went into a 4-2 lead in the 3rd set, but again Murray was able to haul him back. Murray broke Djokovic to serve for the match at 5-4, and after failing to convert 3 Championship points Murray finally sealed the historic victory when Djokovic’s shot went into the net.

My parents, 79 and 78 years old, do not even remember the last time a man from Britain won Wimbledon. That is now long ago it was that Fred Perry won! One of the most tantalising questions now is how many Major titles can Murray go on to win? How many times can he win Wimbledon? Many tennis greats believe he could win half a dozen or more. We shall have to wait and see.

All the newspapers in the DUK have Andy Murray on the cover.

All the newspapers in the DUK have Andy Murray on the cover.

The cover of the Daily Mirror.

The cover of the Daily Mirror.

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Today sees the semi-finals of the men’s singles at Wimbledon. Or, to be more correct, the gentlemen’s singles. The line up is Roger Federer (seeded 3) v Novak Djokovic (seeded 1) in the first match of the day, then Andy Murray (seeded 4) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (seeded 5) in the second semi-final.

I am a huge fan of Roger Federer. Ever since he won his first major tournament, Wimbledon, in 2003, I have found him to be the most complete player if his generation. Recently he has lost his dominance, initially to Rafa Nadal, and now also to Novak Djokovic, but I still find him to be a more skilful player than these two. He is, of course, the all time record holder of the most number of Major titles won by a man – 16. This includes 6 Wimbledon titles, just one short of the record of 7 held by Pete Sampras.

Roger Federer, 6 times Wimbledon champion, and the no. 3 seed this year.

Novak Djokovic, the defending Wimbledon champion,and no. 1 seed.

Of course, here in the Disunited Kingdom, the media are in a frenzy over Andy Muarray’s chances of finally winning a Major title. Certainly his path to the final has been eased by the defeat of Nadal last week in the 3rd round. But Tsonga will not be an easy opponent, his game suits grass very well.

The Scot Andy Murray, no. 4 seed. Murray has got to 3 Major finals, but has never won one.

Tsonga, who has never reached a Major final, is seeded no. 5

Should Andy Murray get to Sunday’s final, he will be the first British male player to do so since Bunny Austin in 1938! Yes, this is how long Britain has been starved of a World-class male tennis player. And, you have to go back to 1936 for the last time a British man won Wimbledon, Fred Perry won the last of his three titles in that year.

Since the introduction of the roof over Centre Court, completing the semi-finals today is guaranteed. So, by this evening we will know whether Roger Federer is still on course to get his 7th Wimbledon title, and whether Andy Murray can emulate Bunny Austin in reaching a Wimbledon final.


Both Federer and Murray won by 3 sets to 1, so will meet in Sunday’s final.

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