Could Murray Finally Do UK Proud at Home?

Britain hasn't boasted Wimbledon champ since Perry in '36
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 2:22 PM CDT
Britain's Andy Murray waves to the crowd as he leaves the Centre Court after defeating France's Richard Gasquet. Murray is the UK's best hope for its first Wimbledon title since 1936.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)
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(Newser) – In last night's match between the world's 10th- and 11th-best tennis players, Andy Murray's drive to defeat Richard Gasquet had some extra steam. Murray is the UK's last hope for seeing a local win at Wimbledon, and in dispatching the Frenchman in five sets, the Scotsman keeps that dream alive, Chuck Culpepper writes in the Los Angeles Times.

"This fifth set, allegedly momentous, transpired in enough darkness that your mother long since would've called you indoors," Culpepper writes, and camera flashes burst forth from fans too eager to remember SW19's rules of decorum. The last Briton to win on Center Court was Fred Perry, who took the cup in 1936. The last to come close was Tim Henman in 2001.