2013 Moment of the Year

Last Updated: 07/01/14 1:21pm

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And the winner is... Andy Murray claimed the Wimbledon title following a three-set victory over Novak Djokovic in July.

The Scot secured a third of the voting in our end of year poll, beating the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson retiring and Wigan stunning Manchester City in the FA Cup final to the award.

Last year the nation held its breath as Murray attempted to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title for 77 years.

Thankfully, after so many near misses, most including Tim Henman, Murray, who claimed the US Open the year before, delivered despite the enormous pressure from the expectant public.

Murray played the match of his life in baking temperatures before a noisily patriotic Centre Court crowd with every single winner and unforced error bringing about a contrast of emotions from those in attendance and watching from around the nation.

He claimed the opening two sets, although they were far from routine successes.

In the third Murray managed to break in the ninth game, giving him the chance to serve for the game, set and match. He squandered three Championship points, only increasing the nerves.

Djokovic had break points of his own, however, Murray managed to stay composed and finally finish the job with his fourth match point of the pulsating contest.

Murray, who has since been awarded an OBE, insists the pressure he was under that day at SW19 was the most he will ever face in his career.

"The amount of pressure and expectation on that one event for a lot of my years on the tour has been tough, so to finally break through all of that and win the tournament was a massive relief for me," Murray told Sky Sports.

Andy Murray celebrating his success in last June

"The expectation and pressure I put on myself for a lot of years was much bigger that what certain people in the media put on me.

"I expected a lot of myself. I wanted to win really badly.

"Now that I've done it, it's given me more of a drive to work hard and know all of the hours that you put in training and on the practice court that it's worth it.

"The pressure? I'll never be under more pressure than I was in the Wimbledon final. No chance."

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