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Five years later: The day Andy Murray won Wimbledon

Murray made history by ending Britain's 77-year Wimbledon wait on July 7, 2013.

Andy Murray holds aloft the Wimbledon men's trophy.
Andy Murray holds aloft the Wimbledon men's trophy. SNS

July 7, 2013: Andy Murray's date with destiny.

After suffering defeat in the 2012 final, the Scot finally ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's champion by beating Novak Djokovic.

Now, five years to the day, we relive the story of Murray's path to glory and all the reaction to his historic win.

The revenge mission

An emotional Andy Murray speaks to the BBC after losing in the 2012 final.
An emotional Andy Murray speaks to the BBC after losing in the 2012 final. SNS

The tale of Murray's 2013 title win doesn't start in the first round, but in the final of the previous year.

Murray rode the crest of a wave all the way to his first Wimbledon final in 2012.

But an imperious Roger Federer proved a hurdle too high for the Dunblane star to overcome, with the Swiss maestro winning in four sets.

The defeat proved too much for an emotional Murray to handle as he cut a crestfallen figure post-match.

He would use that disappointment as fuel upon his return to the All England Club just a month later when he won Olympic gold against Federer.

And a year later, he was back on court to finally taste Wimbledon glory.

The route

Andy Murray celebrates after reaching the Wimbledon final.
Andy Murray celebrates after reaching the Wimbledon final. SNS

The early rounds proved problematic for a host of top seeds, with Rafael Nadal leading the list of shock early exits.

Murray, however, faced no such issues as he stormed through his first four matches without dropping a set.

The Scot didn't have so it easy in the quarter-finals, though, and looked on course to crash out of the tournament after Fernando Verdasco stormed into a two-set lead.

But Murray rallied, and produced a sporting comeback to make the watching Sir Alex Ferguson proud.

Murray regained the initiative by thrashing Verdasco 6-1 in the third, and didn't look back thereafter as he edged out the Spaniard 6-4 7-5 across two nerve-wracking final sets.

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates as Andy Murray defeats Fernando Verdasco.
Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates as Andy Murray defeats Fernando Verdasco. SNS

After avoiding potential banana skins in the early rounds, it was a giant Pole which Murray had to find his way around in the semi-finals.

Jerzy Janowicz's huge serve put Murray on the back foot during the opening stages and proved powerful enough to claim the first set.

But he recovered his composure quickly, surviving four break points in the second set to eventually draw level on the scoreboard.

Janowicz continued to impress, however, moving his 6 ft 8in frame around the court well.

It took all Murray's powers to turn the match his way and, spurred on by a vibrant Centre Court crowd as night fell and the roof closed, the Scot finally booked his spot in the final over four sets.

The final

Murray's final service game against Djokovic took 12 minutes.
Murray's final service game against Djokovic took 12 minutes. SNS

One year on from his Centre Court tears, Murray returned to the Wimbledon final for a shot at redemption.

It wasn't Roger Federer who lay in wait this time, but world number one Novak Djokovic.

Willed on by 15,000 spectators on Centre Court, thousands watching on the nearby big screens and millions in front of televisions, Murray stepped up to the plate and produced his best.

In searing heat, the Scot proved red-hot, taking the first and second sets 6-4 7-5 to march into the lead before a rapturous crowd.

He was only troubled by an unruly shoe, which forced a member of Murray's team to race home to secure a new pair.

Djokovic refused to give in, however, and fought valiantly to force a thrilling third-set, in which he led 4-2 before Murray hit the gas and served for the match at 5-4.

As Murray raced into a 40-0 lead it seemed nothing could stop him - but Djokovic never gives up that easily and turned the game around.

It took a full 12 minutes and the fending off of three break points before the Serbian netted to hand Murray the victory he'd craved all his life.

The celebration

Murray found himself in a daze in the moments after the historic victory was secured.

He dropped his cap and racket and punched the air in delight, before falling to his knees on the Centre Court turf.

Once the Scot had regained his train of thought, he made his way to his player's box to hug coach Ivan Lendl, other members of his team and family.

As he made his way back to court for the trophy presentation, desperate cries made him realise he'd forgotten none other than his mother, Judy Murray. He returned for a cuddle to the delight of the crowd.

He said: "I didn't really know what I was doing immediately after the match.

"I was in a daze and then when I sat down I realised I'd been walking about for quite a while and should probably go up to see the guys.

"I asked the referee if I could go up and see them and he said 'yes, if you're quick'.

"But it wasn't something I'd planned."

The reaction

Murray's victory sent the country into bedlam as the wait for a Wimbledon champion was finally ended.

A whirlwind 24 hours would follow for the Scot, which saw Murray receive the acclaim of an adoring crowd on the famous Wimbledon balcony, be guest of honour at the Champion's Ball, play tennis against a local church minister and his dog and then head to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

Murray said: "It's been an amazing 24 hours and a bit of a blur. I'm on my last legs now."

The place in history

Victory confirmed Murray's spot in the history books as he followed in Fred Perry's footsteps by taking home the men's title.

The magnitude of Murray's accomplishment was laid bare by the yawning gap - 77 years - between Perry and the Scot's triumphs.

He would go on to receive numerous accolades in the aftermath of his win, including a knighthood in the 2016 New Year's Honours list.

For those who cheered him on, it was a day that live long in the memory.

Rangers boss at the time of Murray's victory, Ally McCoist said: "You'll always remember where you were when Andy did the business at Wimbledon and we were in the boardroom at Brora, it was remarkable."

Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell said: "The whole thing about is he had to do that on his own, we had a team of 11 which got the result. But when you've got to do it on your own, it's that much more difficult."

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