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Marray makes Wimbledon history

Jonathan Marray tonight became the first Briton to win the Wimbledon doubles tournament for 76 years after his victory with partner Freddie Nielsen.

They beat Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Romania's Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-3 in the final.

In doing so, Marray also fulfilled an 11-year dream of playing on Centre Court.

The 31-year-old has wanted to play on SW19's centre stage ever since he saw Tim Henman take on Goran Ivanisevic, he revealed.

Great Britain's Jonathan Marray (left) and partner Denmark's Frederik Nielsen during the doubles final Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Marray, from Sheffield, had never been past the third round in his previous 10 attempts in the doubles.

Born in Liverpool, he turned professional in 2000 and first came to prominence at the 2004 Queen's Club Championship where he reached the third round.

He has since played predominantly on the ATP Challenger Tour, where he reached one singles final and won multiple doubles competitions.

Dogged by injuries, Marray reached his highest singles ranking of 215 in April 2005, but fared much better in doubles, breaking into the world's top 100 in 2009.

Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Romania's Horia Tecau in action Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Ahead of this year's Wimbledon tournament, he was ranked 74th in the world in doubles.

He and partner Freddie Nielsen had only played together in three tournaments before this year's Wimbledon but powered to success - knocking out 11-time grand slam champions Bob and Mike Bryan along the way - to give Marray his first taste of Centre Court.

Marray is the first British person to reach the final of the men's doubles since Bobby Wilson and Mike Davies did so in 1960.

Jonathan Marray and doubles partner Denmark's Frederik Nielsen in action against Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Romania's Horia Tecau Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The 31-year-old has won many admirers for the way he has strolled through the doubles competition - most notably Anne Keothavong.

The British number one has openly professed her love for Marray on Twitter over the last fortnight and on Friday night asked him out for dinner next week.

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