Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon

History Was Made

What a week for British sport,
caught in a winning streak.
Like buses.  You wait disappointed
as long barren years drift by;
then two arrive,
they arrive in the very same week.

First the Lions
who surged, charged, triumphed down under.
They roared and they thundered,
they pummelled the Wallabies
into the ground.
Letting blood from stone,
tearing muscles, breaking bone,
breaking sweat, shedding tears,
the first series win in sixteen years.

Now Wimbledon.
Men’s final.
Murray’s there,
with Djokovic, world number one,
who must have been listening in despair
to the roar of the crowd on Centre Court,
the roar of the crowd,
so partisan,
the roar of the crowd
fraught with excitement
caught in the moment,
expectant, expecting
a final great moment for British sport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seventy-seven barren years.
It was back in nineteen thirty-six
when Fred Perry became
the last British man
to conquer the singles at Wimbledon.
Thirty-six.
It sticks in the mind, invading the psyche,
it stuck in the craw.
Would it ever be likely
we’d see once more
a British man raising his game,
powering to score
victory in singles at Wimbledon?

No pressure then
for each of these men
in the duel ahead.
Man to man,
head to head,
mano a mano,
full three hours the contest raged
and Murray prevailed.
He sailed to victory, three sets to love,
turning a page in the record books
on this day when history was made.

7th July 2013- headline from BBC

Notes:  “Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon.”  Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion with a hard-fought victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.  The Scot, 26, converted his fourth championship point in a dramatic final game to win 6-4 7-5 6-4 and claim his second major title.  In an atmosphere reminiscent of his Olympic final win last summer, Murray was willed on by the majority of the 15,000 spectators on Centre Court, thousands watching on the nearby big screen and millions more around the country.  After a gruelling three hours 10 minutes in searing temperatures, Murray had finally followed in the footsteps of Fred Perry’s 1936 win at the All England Club.

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