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Seventy seventh heaven

Seventy seventh heaven
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Images of Fred Perry winning his third and last Wimbledon title in 1936 have kept the pressure on many a British tennis player during almost eight decades.

The classic video footage of the late great Perry triumphing at the All England Club can now be proudly replaced with images of Andy Murray’s stunning victory over Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

British or Scottish – few fans would care as on a sunlit afternoon at SW19 the 26-year-old finally ended the 77-year wait for a home grown champion.

Murray – who reached three Wimbledon semi-finals and the final in the previous four years – said: “I didn’t know last year that it was worth it because I had never won a grand slam before but after the U.S. Open last year, you know, you realise the hours you put in the training, preparing and working on the practice court it’s all worth it, so I hope that this is a springboard for me and I will use it to my advantage.”

Last year’s Olympic gold was memorable, the US Open a major breakthrough but Sunday’s Wimbledon victory according to Murray was the pinnacle.

But it is much more than that certainly for a British nation who can finally stop talking about Perry’s 1936 triumph being their last on home soil.