Marray, not Murray, ends Britain's Wimbledon wait
Date published :
07 Jul 2012 - 21:47:11
Jonathan Marray became Britain's first Wimbledon men's doubles champion since 1936 when he and Danish partner Frederik Nielsen beat Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Romania's Horia Tecau in Saturday's final.
Unseeded Marray and Nielsen, who only asked for a wildcard on the eve of the event, defeated the fifth seeds 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 under the Centre Court roof.
Patrick Hughes and Raymond Tuckey were the last British winners of the doubles in 1936.
Marray and Nielsen achieved victory the hard way, knocking out defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States in the semi-finals and playing three five-setters to get through the first, second and fourth rounds.
Fred Perry was Britain's last men's singles winner, also in 1936, a date that Andy Murray hopes to consign to history when he faces Roger Federer in Sunday's final.