‘Murray crowned the King of Grass’: Europe reacts to Wimbledon win


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Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph has cheered Britain no end, with David Cameron calling for the king of SW19 to be knighted following his victory over Novak Djokovic.

That tense final game will go down as one of the great British sporting moments, as a sun-soaked centre court erupted in jubilation, and indeed relief, after a 77-year wait for a male Wimbledon champion was finally ended.

But how was Murray’s triumph received across the continent?

For a less parochial perspective on Sunday’s final at Wimbledon, we asked our European offices for their views...

Cedric Rouqette, France

Of course we expected a longer match like Djokovic and Murray often produce. But there was something in Murray's final yesterday you can compare with his final against Federer during the Olympics; something inevitable; something we did not feel during the US Open final where it was more the traditional boxing fight against Djokovic. I guess there is something related with Murray and British national pride but it can't be that simple. It’s more down to hard work and self-progression. Murray now owns two of the four Grand Slams, like Djokovic, Nadal and Federer used to do. Let him become number one in the world. He can do it. To conclude, here in France we are very sad that in 2014, there will be 78 years without an English winner. Be brave and hang on.

Alvaro Ferreres, Spain

Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion after Fred Perry. In other words, this was one of the biggest matches ever seen at the All England Club. Certainly, the result wasn’t as close as was expected, but four hours for a grass game is quite a long time and Djokovic fought in every single set. Novak was far from his best level, but you have to give credit to Murray. He is so consistent and was tactically very clever: winning the game from the back court and waiting for Djokovic’s mistakes. It probably wasn’t an epic game on the court but it was in the stands and Murray’s victory will be remembered forever.

Patrick Reichardt, Germany

We were not disappointed in the slightest about this final. Murray absolutely played his best tennis in the most important match and earned a deserved win. Even if the final did only take three sets, it was an instant classic because of its fantastic rallies. And it showed that Djokovic and Murray are the two most dominant players in tennis at the moment. They have played three of the last four Slam finals against each other. All three have been magnificent matches. It seems like they are developing a new rivalry.

Ilaria Bottura, Italy

Maybe we would have preferred a longer and harder-fought final and we are a little bit disappointed about Djokovic’s approach: he played bad tennis and we’re not used to seeing him – as number one – making so many unforced errors. But, from the other side, Andy Murray completely deserved this title: he played better than Nole, and he deserved it not only for the symbolic meaning related to history, but because we can say that at the moment (like Rafa Nadal for clay) he’s ‘The King of Grass’. He won Wimbledon, he won Queen’s, he won London 2012 and reached another final at Wimbledon in 2012. We are very happy to see how much sport can unify people: we know about the rivalry between English and Scottish people, but in this spectacular event everybody became simply British. This is the power of sport!

Johan Wennerstrom, Sweden

Djokovic-Del Potro was the match of the tournament and we didn’t expect this one to reach the same level of tennis, which it didn’t, but two hardworking champions on the court and a fantastic atmosphere in the stands made it memorable anyway. It was great to see Murray fulfil his dream and finally be able to give his fans this title. He has worked so hard for it, and this is what sport is all about. Unfortunately from a neutral perspective, Djokovic didn’t reach his highest level and that’s a quite unusual thing for him in a big final. But we’re sure he will be back stronger than ever for the US Open. Sunday was only about Murray, as it should be.

Nikita Glazunov, Russia

Unfortunately this final didn't match our expectations. It is true to say only the very last game of the match was worth watching. Novak Djokovic wasn't as good as usual. He looked a little bit tired of winning such big matches, although at the end he brought a little intrigue to the final. Otherwise Novak wouldn't be Novak. We all know that he is a great actor but on Sunday he didn't seem to want to win.

Onur Yunus Akmeric, Turkey

It was so far away from the finals that we are getting used to. Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic - they all play extraordinary finals, unbelievable matches, so Sunday’s final seemed unsatisfactory by comparison. But yet, the final set, with its excitement and nail-biting rallies, gave us joy. I am sure all tennis fans were experiencing the match points with as many nerves as Andy. Murray was the better player in all departments and as a result of this, he raised the trophy that he deserved. Djokovic was nowhere near his best. I enjoyed seeing David Cameron jumping and clapping like a little kid; I enjoyed it when Andy forgot to kiss his mother; I enjoyed it when the crowd prematurely cheered in Murray’s final service game. It was quite entertaining to see Murray winning Wimbledon.

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