British media rejoice in 'History Boy' Murray's triumph

LONDON Mon Jul 8, 2013 12:14am BST

Andy Murray of Britain kisses the winners trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia (R) in their men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 7, 2013. REUTERS/Anja Niedringhaus/Pool

Andy Murray of Britain kisses the winners trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia (R) in their men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 7, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph was lauded in Monday's British newspapers after he beat Novak Djokovic to deliver a long-awaited home success in the men's singles with The Times calling the Scot 'The History Boy'.

'At last' read the front page of the Daily Telegraph sports section next to a picture of the smiling champion, adding: "Murray at the pinnacle of his game as he becomes the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry 77 years ago".

The Daily Mail front page headline was 'Now it'll be arise, Sir Andy' as it raised the prospect of the 26-year-old being knighted alongside a picture of him kissing the gold trophy after beating Serbia's world number one 6-4 7-5 6-4.

The Independent joined in the celebrations with the word 'Champion' on its front page, while its sports section read:

"It was an astonishing end to an astonishing day. Andy Murray secured his lifetime's ambition by winning a final game of nerve shredding drama yesterday that summed up an unforgettable Wimbledon final, full of stunning tennis and with more plot twists than an Alfred Hitchcock thriller."

Most papers ran special supplements on Murray's success and some included victory posters after the Scot ended what The Times called: "The longest yearning in British sport..."

(Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Toby Davis)

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