So, Andy has finally done it. He's broken the curse, ended the long wait.

Slayed the demons of Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, John Lloyd, Roger Taylor and all those that followed Fred Perry in not being able to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon.

It's a magnificent achievement and one borne out of an enormous amount of hard work and dedication, and a fair bit of talent.

He went toe-to-toe with the 2011 champion Novak Djokovic on Centre Court and won. It was fair and square and brilliant to watch, albeit far from the greatest final the famous venue has seen.

It's hard to think that anyone who was at Wimbledon in 1936 was there today to watch Murray win, and yet most could almost imagine they were; so often have we heard the startling and depressing increasing years without a British champion mentioned when the Championships start each June.

Murray too only had his imagination and history books to go on. He never knew Fred Perry, as the previous British star died in Melbourne in 1995 when a young Murray was just seven years old.

He'd come out to watch the Australian Open, but had suffered a fall in a hotel bath before passing away in early February.

That news is unlikely to have had any impact on Murray at the time, but it does now, and Perry's achievements have been inextricably linked with the Scot's career ever since.

"Yeah it's a weird one, it's a name that I've heard so much over the course of my career. It's a shame that I never got to meet him".

It's an enormous shame that Perry wasn't at Wimbledon today to witness something he craved to occur. Veteran tennis journalist Bud Collins knew Perry well and shared his story with Murray just after his historic win.

"I doubt that you knew Fred Perry but I knew Fred, and every year I'd come to cover Wimbledon I'd say 'Is this the year?' He'd say 'I don't think so' and it went on like that for several years and finally Fred couldn't make it anymore.

"Anyway, he kept hoping this day would happen, I'm glad to report that it did happen."

There are many journalists who feel the same - 77 years was long enough and the Scot's achievement has truly reverberated and been celebrated around the world.

Tennis is as one as a sport now and unlike the snobbery Perry suffered in the 1930s, the sport will embrace Murray as a multiple major winner, something that still seemed fanciful just 12 months ago.

It all means that Wimbledon is in need of a new headline, a new record to be broken.

As 19-year-old Laura Robson rises up the rankings, it's interesting to note that its 36 years since a British woman won the Wimbledon singles title. Andy's done his time and won, now it's Laura's turn.

 

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