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July 8, 2013

'The wait is over': Brits awake to new tennis era

LONDON (AP) — Britain awoke to a new era on Monday, into a world in which the tennis-loving public finally has its own Wimbledon champion once again.

"After 77 years, the wait is over," headlined the Daily Telegraph, a day after Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the men's title at the All England Club.

With the victory, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936, a victory that has already sparked talk of a knighthood.

"Arise Sir Andrew, knight of the holy grail," The Times of London wrote in its lead story. "Impossibly, dreamily, unbelievably and yet somehow almost easily, somehow almost inevitably, Andy Murray won the Men's Singles final at Wimbledon yesterday."

Murray beat Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on a warm day under the sun at Centre Court, playing his usual defensive style almost perfectly against an opponent who also plays often-spectacular defensive tennis.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who watched the match from the Royal Box, seemed to be on board with Murray getting knighted and joining the ranks of other sporting greats such as Roger Bannister, Nick Faldo and Kelly Holmes.

"I can't think of anyone who deserves one more," Cameron said.

Murray, however, quickly downplayed the possibility.

"It's a nice thing to have or be offered," the 2013 Wimbledon champion said. "I think just because everyone's waited for such a long time for this, that's probably why it will be suggested but I don't know if it merits that."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the national papers — all of them — featured Murray on their front pages.

"History in his hands," headlined the Daily Mirror. Across the top of the Daily Express were the words "Magical Murray."

The Guardian had the simplest front page — a huge photo of Murray kissing the trophy with "Champion" written across the bottom.

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