Andy Murray took a one-set lead over top seed Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men’s single final as he tries to become the first British male to win the title at the All England Club in 77 years.
Murray took the set 6-4 on Centre Court in southwest London.
In the first game, Murray won three straight points on Djokovic’s serve, but the Serb was able to get them back and won the game when Murray dumped two shots into the net.
Murray jumped out 40-love on his opening serve and won with an ace down the center. The British No. 1 got a break through in the third match on his fourth break point, hitting behind the Serb as he ran across court.
Djokovic, 26, broke back in the next game to even the match at 2-2, and then held. Murray won the next two games at love to take a 4-3 lead, then was able to come back from several break points to hold.
The Serb came back from love-30 to take the next game to make it 5-4 to Murray, who then held to win the set.
The 26-year-old Dunblane, Scotland-born Murray is trying to become the first British man to take the singles title on the London grass courts since Fred Perry, who won Wimbledon in 1936 during the short reign of Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle. Perry’s statue stands next to Centre Court. Virginia Wade was the last Briton to clinch the women’s title, in 1977.
Djokovic is going for his seventh Grand Slam title and second Wimbledon championship after his victory in 2011. A win today will tie him with John McEnroe of the U.S. and Sweden’s Mats Wilander in eighth place for the most major titles for a man since 1968, when the sport went professional.