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In today’s final, Andy Murray accomplished something which hadn’t occurred in 77 years. Arguably the highest profile tournament in professional tennis, Wimbledon had not been won by a British player in nearly 8 decades.

Andy Murray of Scotland broke that streak, defeating the top-seeded player in the world, without losing a single set. Murray’s victory over Novak Djokovic came in a straight-set victory of 6-4, 7-5 and 6-4.

In past years, Andy Murray got close to winning the storied tournament’s crown, but fell just short. Andy Roddick stopped him in the semifinals once, and twice it was Rafael Nadal who eliminated him just before the finals. He nearly ended the streak last year, but the last remaining opponent in the bracket caused his demise as Roger Federer defeated him in the finals.

The path to the finals was perhaps a bit easier than it might’ve otherwise been. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were both eliminated prior to the Quarterfinals, but unlike the Women’s half of the tournament, at least two of the sport’s stars were in the final.

The last Brit to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936, and since then, perhaps the greatest hope for Britain was Tim Henman’s run from 1996 to 2004. In that span, he reached the quarterfinals each of those years, getting to the semifinals four of them, but never winning the tournament.