"I wasn't patient enough," Djokovic said.
Ah, patience. For fortnight after fortnight, decade after decade, Wimbledon began with much fanfare and ended with much disappointment for the British, who love their tennis and the tournament they refer to simply as The Championships.
Seen for a while as the best chance to deliver a title, Murray shouldered plenty of pressure and expectations lately.
"It's hard. It's really hard. You know, for the last four or five years, it's been very, very tough, very stressful," Murray said. "It's just kind of everywhere you go. It's so hard to avoid everything because of how big this event is, but also because of the history and no Brit having won."
The phrase "the last British man to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936" became part of the national conversation. Thanks to what happened Sunday, that changes forever.
As of now, the last British man to win Wimbledon was Andy Murray in 2013.
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