LONDON — Andy Murray needed one more point to win Wimbledon — a title he yearned to earn for himself as well as his country.
Britain had endured 77 years since one of its own claimed the men's trophy at the revered tournament, and now here was Murray, on the brink of triumph after three hours of grueling tennis against top-seeded Novak Djokovic.
Up 40-love, Murray failed to convert his first match point. And his second. And then, yes, his third, too. On and on it went, Murray unable to close it, Djokovic unwilling to yield. Along came three break points for Djokovic, all erased. Finally, on Murray's fourth chance to end it, Djokovic dumped a backhand into the net.
The wait was over.
A year after coming oh-so-close by losing in the title match at the All England Club, No. 2 Murray beat No. 1 Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 Sunday in a test of will and skill featuring mirror-image defensive styles that created lengthy points full of superb shots.
“That last game will be the toughest game I'll play in my career. Ever,” said Murray, who was born in Dunblane, Scotland, and is the first British man to win the tournament since Fred Perry in 1936.