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History-maker Murray wins second Grand Slam title

July 08, 2013 08:06 IST

Factbox on Andy Murray who won his second Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon on Sunday by beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

Murray lifts Wimbledon title, makes history

* Born: Glasgow, Scotland, May 15, 1987 (age 26)

* A survivor of the 1996 DunblaneSchool massacre

Andy Murray of Britain holds the winners trophy on the clubhouse balcony after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia to win the Wimbledon crown on Sunday* A talented all-round sportsman, he turned down a promising career as a soccer player to focus on tennis, leaving his homeland at age 15 to train in Barcelona.

* Became the first British player since Greg Rusedski in 1997 to make a Grand Slam final when he played the 2008 championship decider in New York, losing to Roger Federer in straight sets.

* Made the Australian Open final in 2010, losing to Federer, again in straight sets.

* In 2011, he reached the Australian Open final for the second straight year, but lost to Djokovic, also in straight sets.

* In 2012, he hired former World No 1 Ivan Lendl as his coach.

* He became the first British man to reach the final at Wimbledon since Bunny Austin in 1938. He lost to Federer but won a set.

* A few weeks later, he avenged his loss to Federer when he won the gold medal at the London Olympics.

* In winning the US Open, he became the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry won the US Open in 1936.

* He beat Djokovic in an epic five-set US Open final in 2012 to win his first Grand Slam title.

* Djokovic got his revenge at this year's Australian Open, coming from behind to beat Murray 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.

* Murray missed this year's French Open due to injury

* Beats top seed Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to become first British man to win Wimbledon singles title since 1936.

Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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