For quite some time, the top men's players in tennis have been easy to rattle off—and that list didn't always include Andy Murray. But with a historic Wimbledon victory now on his resume next to his other accolades, he is firmly among the men's upper echelon of players.
Murray became the first man from Great Britain to win Wimbledon in 77 years and did so by defeating the world's No. 1 player, Novak Djokovic, Sunday.
After the match, the Scotland native told BBC TV's Sue Barker (h/t BBC.co.uk): "It was an unbelievably tough match, so many long games...I didn't know what to do with myself. The noise levels during the whole match were just incredible."
Murray defeated Djokovic in three sets, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. Djoker should be commended for his play, like in the second set when he tallied an early 4-1 lead. He was the tournament's top seed for a reason, but that just makes Murray's victory all the more impressive.
Despite several rallies from Djokovic, Murray recorded his fourth three-set match victory of the tournament and his first since the third round.
Defeating the world's top-ranked player is impressive. Being the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years is historic. That's not all Murray has been up to as of late, though.
Along with his Wimbledon victory, he has also won the Brisbane International Tournament, the Sony Open and the Aegon Championships. And he finished second at this year's Australian Open for the third time in his career.
In 2012, the 26-year-old took gold in the men's singles competition at the London Olympics. In that same year, Murray won the U.S. Open after defeating Djokovic in the longest final in the tournament's history.
Meanwhile, over the past two years, the No. 3 player in the world, Roger Federer, has won only one Grand Slam and was defeated in the London Olympics final by Murray. He won Wimbledon in 2012, defeating Andy Murray in the final.
Rafael Nadal has the four consecutive French Open titles, but he has reached just one other Grand Slam since 2012. He was defeated in the final of last year's Australian Open by Djokovic.
Murray is currently the world's No. 2 men's player, but he does not get the same hype that Djoker and Nadal receive going into big tournaments.
The Wimbledon victory over Djokovic should change how he is viewed, but one could argue that it shouldn't have taken this long.
Still, winning Wimbledon solidifies Murray's claim to being among the elite names in men's tennis. He should now be one of the first names rattled off when people discuss the best men's players currently playing.
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