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Thoughts From the Sidelines

Andrew Murray relieves 77-year drought at Wimbledon

By Sumner Spence | Jul 11, 2013

It is finally over and to the joy of all of Great Britain, Andy Murray finally broke the 77-year drought for Great Britain to hold the trophy this year! Seventy-seven years is quite a long time! Murray beat Novak Djokovic, the number one player in the world, in just three sets. The match took over three hours for a three-set match! In the last two sets Murray had to come back to get the win. I am extremely happy for Murray because of the extraordinary pressure that the tabloid newspapers had been putting on him to win for Britain. This push to have a home town boy win Wimbledon has been going on ever since Tim Henman retired from the tour around 2006.

This year's tournament brought a bunch of crazy upsets in the early rounds for both the men and the women. Seeing Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova lose early had me thinking it might be a total snooze. Knocking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal out on the same day made Murray and Djokovic the favorites to be in the finals. Murray should send Juan Martín Del Potro a thank-you note for his performance against Djokovic in the longest semifinals in the history of Wimbledon. Del Potro may well have worn Djokovic out to make it easier for Murray to take the title.

The Phillies are doing well so far on their home stand. Let's hope I can say good things about them come next week when I will also offer up my British Open preview thoughts.

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