Wimbledon 2013: How the world press reacted to Andy Murray's victory
Including an embarrassing mistake for the New York Times
Monday 08 July 2013
Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph has caused a worldwide stir.
Here we take a look at what the international press made of the Scot's historic win over Novak Djokovic.
L'Equipe (France): "The best things are often those you have to wait a long time for. After 77 years of waiting and disappointments, Great Britain has been able to scream out its delight.
"When Novak Djokovic's backhand found the net you had to understand the collective monster cry from the crowds on Centre Court that were on the verge of a nervous breakdown, then look at the incredulous face of Murray after the match point. You had to see the champion submerged by emotion.
"'Muzz' comfortably deserved his second grand slam... On his knees and in tears, almost disbelieving, for the first time he had the stature of a future world number one. This rivalry [with Djokovic] is only just beginning."
New York Times (USA): (Under the headline, quickly amended after Scottish complaints, of 'After 77 Years, Murray and England Rule') "Whatever will the British talk about next year at Wimbledon? For 77 years they had Fred Perry and the noble yet clearly star-crossed search for his successor as a conversation starter in the early summer days at the All England Club. But now, in a flurry of booming serves and full-stretch forehand winners, Andy Murray has given them the privilege of moving on."
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia): "For Andy Murray and Great Britain, the wandering in the wilderness is over, the deed done. His victory prompted scenes and celebrations perhaps not seen in the UK since 1966 when England won the soccer World Cup... You imagine that the next time they meet, it will be Djokovic versus Sir Andy."
Marca (Spain): (Under the headline 'Sir Andy Murray') "Andy Murray chased away the ghosts of the past at the legendary All England Club as he became the local hero who conquered Wimbledon 77 years after Fred Perry won there. The Scot won the final which ended with Centre Court surrendering to the feet of a player who from today will be an idolised, protected and revered tennis player treated as a Sir."
Blic (Serbia): "It would not be a surprise if Big Ben strikes 77 times today. Once for each year without a Wimbledon champion. If it happens, we shouldn't blame them, they had long desired a king on the throne. Andy, well done. The 2013 edition of Wimbledon will be long remembered."
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