Despite Britian’s checkered past — the Imperialism, the whole American Revolution thing, and the fact that they didn’t help bail us out of our banking crisis — you still have to give the Brit’s some credit.
They did invent the game of Tennis, after all. They also run one of the most prestigious Grand Slams. And despite their snobbery, they’re actually on top of their game right now.
They’ve given us “The Office” and “Downton Abby.” They gave us Radiohead, The Beatles, Oasis, and more recently, The Libertines. And where would we be without Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine and Kate Winslet.
And now they’ve completed their ascension with the reclaiming of Wimbledon.
And Andy Murray’s straight-sets victory over Djokovic at Wimbledon proves that it’s okay to be British.
Andy Murray has done what no British man has done in 77 years. He dreamt he won after losing last year’s final. And now he can’t believe the reality.
For several seasons, Murray was the outsider looking in, while Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic collected 29 out of 30 Grand Slam titles.
But now Murray has clearly and completely turned the Big 3 into a Big 4, having reached the finals at the last four major tournaments he entered (he withdrew from the French Open in May because of a bad back).
And he’s now a two-time Slam champion, having defeated Djokovic in five sets at the U.S. Open in September.
All this from a guy who lost his first four major finals, including against Federer at Wimbledon in 2012. After that defeat, Murray’s voice cracked and tears rolled as he told the crowd, “I’m getting closer.”
A man of few words, Murray actually tweeted after his Wimbledon win with seven exclamation marks:
Can't believe what's just happened!!!!!!!
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 7, 2013
He’s a hero in Britain, and proved that even with the weight of all of the UK on his shoulders, he could fulfill his destiny.
It’s nice to see a plan come together.
Even Johnny Mac had to give him props in this video: