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Wimbledon: Relive Andy Murray's first title in 2013

Playing in the same era as greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was never going to be easy for Andy Murray, who picked up three Grand Slam titles during the peak of his career.

But the most impressive of those major honours for Murray was his first Wimbledon triumph back in 2013, when the battle-hardened Scotsman ended Great Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion at the All England Club.

What2023 Wimbledon
WhereAll England Club, Wimbledon, London, UK
WhenMonday 3rd July 2023 - Sunday 16th July 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, BBC and BBC iPlayer and Eurosport
Odds

Men's outright: Novak Djokovic 8/11, Carlos Alcaraz 4/1, Daniil Medvedev 16/1, Jannik Sinner 18/1, Taylor Fritz 28/1

Women's outright: Iga Swiatek 4/1, Aryna Sabalenka 4/1, Elena Rybakina 4/1, Ons Jabeur 10/1, Petra Kvitova 14/1

Hungry Murray makes light work of early opponents

In the summer of 2012, Murray could not hide his tears as he fell to defeat to the imperious Federer in his maiden Wimbledon final, going down in four sets on Centre Court.

Later that year, Murray returned to the All England Club with a point to prove and claimed Olympic gold for Great Britain at the expense of Federer, before going on to win his first ever Grand Slam title at the US Open a matter of months later.

The curtain fell on a breakthrough campaign for the Scotsman, who would return to Wimbledon in 2013 hungry for more.

In his first match, Murray squared up against German Benjamin Becker, breezing to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory in one hour and 52 minutes, having beaten the same player on his way to the Queen's title only weeks before.

The second round saw some notable casualties in the men's draw in 2013 as defending champion Federer crashed out and Jo Wilfried-Tsonga's tournament also came to an end with Nadal having lost his opener.

That opened things up nicely for Murray, who subsequently saw off Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun, Tommy Robredo and adept grass-court operator Mikhail Youzhny in the next three rounds without dropping a set.

Verdasco puts Scotsman on brink of elimination in quarter-finals

Beyond having been taken to a tie-break by Russian Youzhny in the fourth round, Murray had not really been tested at Wimbledon in 2013 before the quarter-finals. But that was about to change.

Spain's Fernando Verdasco was a surprise name in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon that season and one-way traffic was expected, with Murray having won eight of their previous nine meetings heading into the match.

But what followed was a five-set epic lasting three hours and 27 minutes in which Murray was pushed to his limits by the big-hitting Verdasco, who struck serves exceeding 130mph.

Verdasco was on the cusp of making the semi-finals when he established a two-set advantage, but Murray dug deep and eventually won 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5 to continue his Wimbledon journey.

Final spot confirmed at expense of big-hitting Pole

Standing between Murray and a second successive appearance in a Wimbledon final was Polish powerhouse Jerzy Janowicz, who stood at 6ft 8in and was pinpointed as one of the biggest threats to Murray in his half of the draw.

Capable of second serves of around 120mph, Janowicz made life tough for the Scotsman, outclassing Murray in a first-set tie-break to take the initiative.

Murray bounced back to take the second set and was in good spirits in the third set when he claimed five games in a row to come from 4-1 down.

But Murray's momentum was halted by the match referee's decision to close the roof, frustrating the Scot, but he took little time to see out the match upon his return to the court.

Djokovic rivalry resumes in highly anticipated final showdown

And so Murray found himself in a Wimbledon final for the second consecutive season, eager to get over the line and make history this time around.

It was the 18th meeting between Djokovic and Murray and the Serbian had the edge with 11 head-to-head victories to his name.

But with a crowd of 15,000 people largely behind him, Murray left nothing to chance on the hottest day of the year in the UK with temperatures hitting 31 degrees Celsius.

There was little resistance from Djokovic, who ultimately slipped to a straight-sets defeat, with Murray incredibly winning 6-4 7-5 6-4 - sealing victory with a dramatic hold of serve in front of a raucous home crowd.

It was a case of fourth time lucky, though, and with more than 17 million people watching on TV in the UK, Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the Wimbledon title.

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