Wimbledon: Andy Murray admits "it was so different from last year."
Andy Murray admits the emotions experienced on Sunday could not have been more different to the ones he endured in 2012
Last Updated: 07/07/13 10:29pm
In 2012, the 26-year-old Scot cried tears of anguish after losing to Roger Federer but all that was forgotten as he beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to become the first Briton in 77 years to lift the coveted trophy.
Murray won 6-4 7-5 6-4 in just over three hours and he said: "It feels slightly different to last year.
"Last year when I lost to Roger in the final, it was the toughest moment of my career.
"Today's was a tough match with some long rallies but I did it."
As for the tense final game, when Djokovic temporarily recovered from three match points down at Love-40 to reach Deuce, Murray paid tribute to his opponent's battling qualities.
He added: "I've played Novak many times and when we all end our careers he will go down as one of the biggest fighters ever.
"He's come back so many times from losing positions and he made it difficult for me today.
"That made it extra tough but I just managed to squeeze through.
"My head was everywhere during that final game. Very nervous when he came back from 0-40 down.
"That last game was the toughest I've played in my career, the hardest few points in my life - definitely."
Murray also paid tribute to the British fans who cheered him to victory on a sun-soaked Centre Court.
"It really helps when the crowd's like that," he said. "Especially in a match as tough as that one where it's extremely hot, brutal, long rallies, tough games, they help you get through it.
"It was the best atmosphere I've played in here."