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Twitter Reacts as Andy Murray Becomes First Briton to Win Wimbledon in 77 Years

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2013

Finally, the wait is over. For Andy Murray, you might say the weight of Great Britain residing on his shoulders is now lifted as well.

After 77 years, a British player has once again conquered Wimbledon, as Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets. From Bleacher Report:

As shocking as it was for fans of the sport, Murray couldn't believe it himself.

It took four championship points in an amazing final game, but Murray managed to finally defeat the resilient Djokovic. He'll forever be a legend now, as Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated eloquently noted:

If you don't think this win was a huge deal, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, might make you reconsider that opinion:

Here's the final point of the match:

101 Great Goals captured in GIF form the moment Murray won the championship, along with a reaction from his girlfriend, Kim Sears:

As you might imagine, the crowd went bonkers once Murray finally notched the final point. Feint Zebra caught one fan beside himself in the stands:

The celebrities were out in full force too, excitedly checking out Murray win the title. Check out Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler celebrating his victory:

Don't be fooled, however—not all sports fans out there are impressed with Great Britain's years of suffering waiting for a Wimbledon champion, as Lost Lettermen joked:

Of course, with the crowd behind Murray, Djokovic found himself playing against both Murray and the entire stadium. As Joe Posnanski pointed out, that must have been a lonely feeling for the Djoker as Murray neared the title:

Yet as Kevin Negandhi of ESPN wrote, you have to respect Djokovic for his fight, especially with Murray playing so well and the crowd clearly in favor of the Scot:

It has been a long, arduous journey for Murray to get to this point, and that's what makes this championship all the more special, as Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal tweeted:

It's a special time to be a tennis fan, with Murray, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all dueling for top billing. Andrew Brandt of ESPN says it best:

And as Colin Cowherd of ESPN noted, this moment for Murray was just about the pinnacle of what sports can represent:

The crowd erupting with every point. The weight of an entire kingdom's expectations on Murray's shoulders. A difficult opponent staring him down on every point. A long and winding road taken to reach this point. Years of waiting coming down to one, beautiful moment of triumph.

It doesn't get any better than that.

 

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