Andy Murray took a two-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 second set 7-5 after winning the first 6-4 on Centre Court in southwest London.
In a first set full of long baseline rallies, play was back on serve until 3-3 as both got broken early on. The crowd roared loudly as Murray broke for 4-3, and easily served out the set 6-4 with a service winner.
In the second, both men put on hats as temperatures reached 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit). Djokovic broke to go up 3-1, and then at 4-2, Murray had two break points. Djokovic got them back but Murray got a third on a crosscourt forehand that left the Serb sprawled on the grass. A doublefault put the match back on serve.
Djokovic had two break points in the following game, but Murray came back to win to even it at 4-4. The Scot broke at 5-5, and could serve for the second set.
Murray won with an ace, his ninth of the match.
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, who is seven days younger than Murray, 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.