Updated: 08/07/2013 07:18 | By pa.press.net

Djokovic admits Murray deserved it

Novak Djokovic, pictured, accepted he was second best to Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic, pictured, accepted he was second best to Andy Murray

Andy Murray became Britain's first men's singles champion at Wimbledon for 77 years - and world number one Novak Djokovic admits the best man won.

The 26-year-old Scot was put through a gruelling ordeal by the 2011 champion, but he came out a winner in straight sets, 6-4 7-5 6-4 - a result Djokovic could not argue with.

"It must mean a lot to everybody," the Serbian said. "Wimbledon is the most important tennis tournament in the world. Especially for him as a British player and crowd, it couldn't be a more perfect setting for them. He deserved to win and that's it."

He added: "It was a very long match for three sets. The bottom line is that he was a better player in decisive moments.

"Both second and third sets, I was 4-2 up and dropped the serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason.

"He was getting some incredible shots on the stretch and running down the drop shots. He was all over the court.

"He played fantastic tennis, no question about it. He deserved to win. I should have played better in the decisive moments.

"I believed I could come back. I really fought. It wasn't my day. I didn't play on the top of my abilities, and with this kind of game I didn't have a chance to win."

Djokovic was indeed strangely off the boil. His game lacked organisation, his serving was poor and he produced 40 unforced errors - almost double that of Murray.

"It's a very high level of tennis that we competed at today," Djokovic said. "I knew I had to be on top of my game in order to prevail in this match."

07/07/2013 21:43
Murray was phenomenal and pressured Djokovic into making all those errors. Murray was a demon the way he covered the court and chased everything down. Djokovic is a great champion and gentleman - when he said the best player won he meant it.
08/07/2013 02:52
Good to see such great sportsmanship and good grace from the loser.
08/07/2013 08:13
     Nobody lost this game.   Two great sportsmen,   giving their all.     Wonderful to watch.  Thanks to both players.    Well done Andy Murray .
08/07/2013 07:32

I am sure we can look forward to many more titanic struggles between those two great players.There are several "young guns" waiting in the wings but with Federer probably past his best and Nadal's fitness always in doubt they could dominate for a year or two.


I hope young Janiwicz took note of how two champions conduct themselves. His gamesmanship in the semi was a bit distatseful 

08/07/2013 03:07
08/07/2013 09:15

Think Murray has shown fantastic character throughout tournament....he has had to fight from behind on so many times...a geat and well deserved win...He has a;lso been a good sportman as has Djokovic; so noble in defeat....


Fantastic  ambassodors for the sport..A legend emerged yesterday.  Sir Andrew Murray ???

08/07/2013 12:00

Its fantastic that the town of Dunblane has survived such tragedy and can celebrate their hero and have smiles on their faces :)  Well done Andy x

08/07/2013 09:35

What a great day for British sport. Finally we have a home grown Wimbledon men's champion

The two players gave us a wonderful match to watch, and that last game had some heart stopping moments, but Murray made it. Fantastic!

08/07/2013 07:19
Was great for Murray to win, Bur I think Djokovic was still recovering after his grueling match with Del Potro.
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