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I’m talking about yesterday’s Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

I wonder this morning if there is a more exciting and complete sport in the world than tennis? Yesterday we witnessed two athletes at the very top of their game, jousting…tussling….trying to out-think, outwit and out play their formidable opponent.

The fact that this was done in searing heat of 40 degrees centigrade, where even the crowd were struggling, was just another dimension added to the mix of a truly world class sporting event.

Murray, having won the first set, found himself 4-1 down in the second and battled back to win 7-5.

In the third set Murray was 2-0 up and Djokovic looked to be struggling. Then the big Serb once again found extra resources from somewhere and before we knew it he was 4-2 up.

Murray, undaunted then somehow managed to match Djokovic’s feat and win four games in a row, the last of which saw his opponent hold on grimly to his diminishing chances of a comeback.

I had a bit of a laugh with some English friends before the game, speculating whether the British Andy Murray would win or the Scottish Andy Murray would lose. Yesterday however the whole country and I mean both Scotland and the UK were united behind someone who exemplifies hard work, determination, dedication and skill.

As a sporting achievement by a Scot, this is surely the greatest in my lifetime. Sandy Lyle winning the US Masters in 1988 comes close, and of course there are the cycling triumphs of Chris Hoy.

But this shades everything. Even Jocky Wilson’s darts triumph of 1989!

Well done Murray – you were magnificent and made a whole country proud of you. Djokovic, you played in a way which demonstrated how you have become world number one, and your gracious speech after the match marked you out as a gentleman.

I can’t help but mention the antics of Scotland’s First Minister (described by Sue Barker pre-match as the ‘President of Scotland’). Salmond, sitting just behind David Cameron, waved a saltire flag in what was a cheap political stunt.

Until that point the rogues’ gallery of political figures and celebrities were united in their support of a great sportsman. This was no time or place to try to curry political advantage from such an achievement.


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