Marray: I hope my title inspires Murray

Blackpool Citizen: Jonny Marray (right) hopes Andy Murray can replicate his Wimbledon success Jonny Marray (right) hopes Andy Murray can replicate his Wimbledon success

Jonny Marray became Britain's first men's doubles champion at Wimbledon for 76 years and hoped his success would inspire Andy Murray to glory.

Marray and Danish partner Freddie Nielsen needed a wild card to get into the tournament but followed up their victory over defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals by beating fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-3 in the final.

It was a remarkable victory for Marray and Nielsen, and the former hopes it can inspire Murray in Sunday's men's singles final against Roger Federer. Marray said: "I'm sure he was watching. He follows how all the guys do. We're friends. If it gives him any kind of inspirational help, I'm sure it would be good. Obviously everyone's hoping for him to win."

He added: "He's come so close in a lot of grand slams so many times before. He's working hard and he's right at the top of his game. I don't see why he can't."

In 1936, Fred Perry won the singles and Pat Hughes and Raymond Tuckey won the doubles, and no British player had matched either achievement until today.

The result also had historical significance for Nielsen, who went one better than his grandfather Kurt, a two-time runner-up in the singles in the 1950s and the last Danish finalist at the All England Club.

The pair only played together because Marray and his original partner, Canadian Adil Shamasdin, were not ranked high enough to get into the tournament in their own right. Marray admitted he could not quite believe what had happened.

He said: "I've been saying to Freddie, I don't feel any different or anything. It's just like winning another tennis match. I suppose it will take time to sink in.

"When I see my friends and family and speak to them about it, over the course of a few days, a few weeks, I'm sure it will sink in a bit more."

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