Andy Murray has become the first Briton to win the men’s singles trophy at Wimbledon for 77 years, with a straight-sets victory over the world number one.
With the hopes of the nation resting on his shoulders, the Scot beat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on Centre Court in a three hour 10 minute battle.
“That was one of the toughest moments, today was unbelievably tough match,” Murray said in a courtside interview after lifting the trophy.
“I don’t know how I came through the final three points, I’m so glad to do it.
“I have played Novak many times and when everyone finishes playing, he will go down as one of the fighters.
“He did the same today and that is what made it tough.
“I understand how much everyone wanted to see British winner at Wimbledon and I hope everyone enjoyed it.”
Murray, 26, broke down in tears as his triumph sank in and climbed into the players’ box to hug his girlfriend Kim Sears, coach Ivan Lendl and the rest of his support team.
But he almost forgot his mother Judy, who was sitting just behind the box, before returning to embrace her too.
“I did forget Mum, but then I did remember,” he added.
“My team have stuck by me through some tough moments. This one is for Ivan (Lendl, his coach) as well, I know he did everything to try to win this one when he was playing. He’s fantastic, he’s been patient and I thank him.”
Murray won his first grand slam at the US Open last year and was desperate to win Wimbledon after losing to Roger Federer in an emotional final last year.
Thousands of people descended on the famous All-England club, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond, Victoria Beckham and Wayne Rooney, while millions tuned in to watch the action on television.
On Murray Mount, fans held union flags and Scottish Saltires as they squeezed on to the steep bank to watch the tense tie.
Mr Cameron led tributes to Murray, tweeting: “It was a privilege to watch @andy–murray making history at #Wimbledon, and making Britain proud.”
Djokovic was gracious in defeat.
“Congratulations to Andy you absolutely deserved it, you played incredibly,” the six-times grand slam champion said.
“I know what it means to you guys in the whole country so well done. It is a great achievement. I gave it my all and it was an honour to be in this match, in this final.”