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July 8, 2013

No stopping Murray

(Continued)

LONDON —

Murray started to notice more of those often pesky drop shots coming his way in the third set.

“He didn’t do it that much I didn’t think the first couple of sets. It was working and he was hitting them well, and that was probably why he continued to do it,” said Murray, the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936.

“It’s a way of shortening points. And when you hit them as well as that, your opponent’s running and you’re just standing there really, so it worked well for him.”

Djokovic took over the No. 1 ranking two years ago just by making the Wimbledon final.

Once there, he beat Rafael Nadal, dropped to the ground and actually ate a blade or two of the Wimbledon grass. He said then that he wanted to see how it tastes.

This year, he leaves tasting defeat.

“It’s a very high level of tennis that we competed at today. I knew I had to be on top of my game in order to prevail in this match,” Djokovic said. “I wasn’t patient enough in the moments when I should have been, when I should have looked for the better opportunity to attack, and my serve wasn’t as good as it was the whole tournament.”

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