(Photo: Susan Mullane, USA TODAY Sports)
WIMBLEDON, England - No need to chin up, England. Wimbledon is yours again.
On a brilliantly sunny Sunday afternoon, No. 2 Andy Murray knocked off top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, ending 77 years of British anxiety.
Scotland's Murray, 26, is the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry won the last of three consecutive in 1936.
One year after a crushing defeat to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Murray returned to the All England Club lawns to capture his second Grand Slam title after last year's U.S. Open, where he beat Serbia's Djokovic in five sets.
Murray also won last year's Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon, and ran his unbeaten string on grass to 18-0.
Meeting in their fourth major final - and third in less than a year - the world's top two players and defensive standouts exchanged many grueling groundstroke rallies. A few went 30 shots or more.
Murray was steadier, taking advantage of the Djokovic's lackluster serving and bouts of error-prone play.
He seemed energized by the nearly 15,000 fans on sold-out Centre Court and thousands more watching the big screen from the grounds, storming back from a 1-4 second set deficit to put six-time major winner Djokovic on the ropes.
After dropping his first four Grand Slam finals, Murray, who skipped the French Open with a bad back, ran his record to 2-6, having lost to Djokovic in January's Australian Open final.