Murray vs. Djokovic: Breaking Down Best Moments from Historic Men's Final

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIJuly 7, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy next to Novak Djokovic of Serbia following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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It's been 77 years, but finally, a British player won at Wimbledon.

It would never be easy, though, as making history never is. 

And so it was for Andy Murray, who was chased back and forth by his opponent, Novak Djokovic, as he got the ultimate monkey off his back to finally win at the All England Club.

Murray won 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, in three hours and nine minutes of back-and-forth, grind-it-out tennis in front of an exuberant crowd of supporters.

Exhausted at the end, Murray seemed more relieved than excited to win:

Murray had to claw back time and time again in this match. In the second set, Djokovic went up a break, but Murray set up break point with a nice forehand.

The match reached a crescendo in the final set. Murray lost four straight games to fall behind 4-2, with Djokovic seemingly gaining life, at least enough to push it to another set. As is becoming his trademark, though, Murray fought back and stole four straight games to win it all.

Djokovic was not an easy out. Down 5-4 and 40-0, it would have been easy for Djokovic to bow out. Yet he saved three straight championship points thanks to some incredible shots.

Djokovic had three break chances of his own but could not convert, eventually hitting a backhand into the net ending the epic final.

Murray ended up playing a cleaner game, with just 21 unforced errors. His opponent had 40 unenforced winners, with only 31 winners. Murray was also more effective at the net, converting on 70 percent of his net shots while Djoker converted on just 58 percent.

It may be a stretch to say that Djokovic gave the game away with his errors, but he certainly dug himself into a pretty big hole.

The final game really turned this match into one for the ages. Djokovic showed why he's ranked as the best player in the world, saving three championship points and pushing Murray to his absolute limit. As Murray noted, he will never play a tougher game:

It may be impossible to top that final game. Murray was flying over the court, chasing the ball side to side, up and down, holding on just barely. After each point, both players were panting under the the 80-degree weather.

It was a gutsy display of tennis, a gutsy display of skill and a gutsy display of toughness and guile.

In its purest form, it was the apex of tennis, perhaps the best display in recent years of what the game can amount to. A match, or even just a final game, like this one may not happen for some time. 

These players are pretty evenly matched, which is why the final was so good. But in the end, as Djokovic noted, Murray rose to the occasion just a few times more:

The U.S. Open is just a few months away, and while it's always an entertaining tournament, it simply will not live up to this absolutely epic final match at Wimbledon.