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Greatest Wimbledon Matches Involving Britons

Fred Perry V Gottfried Von Cramm – 1936 Men’s singles Final 

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Famous for playing in his smart white trousers, Perry sealed his third successive victory at the tournament against the German Von Cramm in 1936.  Perry eased to victory in only 45 minutes, and only dropped two  games in the entire match. Sadly for Perry, the true accolades of his accomplishments were not received instantly. It wasn’t until any British player could replicate his achievements, that he got the credit he deserved. A statue of Perry was erected at Wimbledon in 1984, on the fifty year anniversary of his first title.

Virginia Wade V Betty Stove – 1977 Ladies Singles Final

Virginia Wade etched herself in history in 1977, becoming the first British female ever to win a Wimbledon singles title. She beat the Netherland’s Betty Stove in three sets, and was watched by Her Majesty the Queen’s  first visit to the tournament in 25 years. Upon receiving the Venus Rosewater Dish, she was met with Centre Court cheers, in what is widely known as the best Wimbledon tennis performance given by a British woman.

Tim Henman  V Goran Ivanisevic - 2001 Men’s Singles Semi Final

After knocking out Roger Federer in the quarter finals, and some of the top seeds being beaten in the early rounds. Tennis pundits and Britain, thought it would be Tiger Tim’s year. Standing in his way was a wildcard entrant, and three time losing finalist, many believed to be passed his best. Henman  was two sets to one up, but rain delays caused Henman to loose his rhythm, and he couldn’t recapture the form that gave him his lead in the match. Ivanisevic went on to win the match and the tournament, and after one more semi final in 2002, Tim never made the elusive Wimbledon final he was capable of.

Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic V Alicia Molik and Jonas Bjorkman – 2007 Mixed Doubles Final

Often in the shadow of his older brother Andy, Jamie Murray rose to the forefront, after an amazing display with partner Jelena Jankovic in the Mixed Doubles final. After a shaky start, they recovered to win the third set and the match comfortably. Following the victory, Murray became the first Brit for 20 years to win a doubles title at Wimbledon.

Andy Murray V Rodger Federer - Olympics Men’s Singles Tennis Final 2012

After an emotional display on Centre Court by Murray a few weeks earlier, following his Wimbledon final defeat. Murray had a great opportunity to rectify his previous short comings against the experienced Swiss. Now we know this one did not take place at the actual Wimbledon Championships, but we believe it contributed hugely to our next game, and therefore  it was too important not to include. This straight sets victory gave the public, and most importantly Murray himself, the confidence that he could go all the way, in the worlds most prestigious tennis tournament.  

Andy Murray V Novak Djokovic ­ 2013 Men’s Singles Final    

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Our last match comes full circle. After  a 77 year wait, and the whole of Britain watching expectantly, Murray showed the world he could deliver at the sports highest level. While the victory was achieved in straight sets,  the match was still closely contested, with the third set on a knife edge at times. While Britain held its breath, Murray upped his game, and to a standing ovation around Centre Court, Murray achieved  what no Brit could do for 77 years, and lifted the famous silver gilt cup.

 

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