ANDY Murray served up a stunning sequel to his Wimbledon success story along with notice that he believes his best is yet to come.

There were those, back in the summer of 2013, who suspected the Scot’s historic win at SW19 was some kind of freak, never-to-be-repeated occurrence.

Back surgery, coaching changes and the relentless play of Novak Djokovic meant many had him down as one of the sport’s hard luck stories, a glorified bit part player in the sport’s best-ever era.

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Two Grand Slam wins from his 10 major finals before yesterday proved a brutal return.

But Murray always suspected he had more major titles in him and so it proved yesterday as Wimbledon bore witness to his second coming.

As this extraordinary young man from Dunblane swept Milos Raonic away by a 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 scoreline to become the first British male since Fred Perry to record multiple Wimbledon wins, and complete a hat-trick of major titles, there was an increasing feeling that he might just be getting started.

There was even a second instalment of this Scottish success story on a day when the All England Club has never seemed like such a misnomer.

Gordon Reid, a 24-year-old from Helensburgh, overcame Stefan Olsson of Sweden by a 6-1, 6-4 scoreline to became the inaugural winner of the men’s wheelchair singles event. He finished matters just in time to get a front row seat as his countryman completed this memorable Scottish double.

Sequels tend to be predictable and formulaic and in some ways Murray’s second coming at SW19 was less sensational than his first. This time only three years had passed since the last British singles winner, as opposed to 77.

Rather than Djokovic, the man whose stranglehold of the major titles he has just broken, it was Raonic, a debutant finalist from Canada, who waited in the showpiece match. It was all done in straight sets, with the Scot only having to save two break points.

There was no clambering up to the players’ box at the moment of glory, just some fighting back of tears.

More tears, and a few beers, followed in the locker room afterwards between the Scot and his team, led by coaches Jamie Delgado and Ivan Lendl.

But if it all was less dramatic and more businesslike than three years ago, then that too is to the Scot’s credit. It was not his fault that Djokovic and Roger Federer fell by the wayside during this tournament, or that Rafa Nadal currently sits in Majorca nursing an injured wrist.

They are now the hard luck stories. Murray has simply worked harder than ever and made his own luck.

Somehow it seemed like far simpler times when the Scot was dismantling Djokovic on Centre Court to stop the clocks at 77 years without a home winner.


Where Alex Salmond had rebelliously dangled a saltire behind David Cameron’s back, now Nicola Sturgeon was there as First Minister and even the Prime Minister in this uncertain post-Brexit era was eliciting the Scot’s sympathy.

“Playing in the final of a Wimbledon is tough but I wouldn’t ever want to be prime minister, it is an impossible job,” said Murray at his trophy ceremony.

A snap referendum on the Centre Court crowd’s reaction to Mr Cameron, perhaps fittingly, seemed about 52-48 against.

By now, of course, the Scot’s own back pages are well known. There is his upbringing in Dunblane, and how his primary school was one day rocked by one of the worst mass killings in UK history.

There is the sporting excellence which courses through his veins, from his grandfather and former Hibs player Roy Erskine to his mother Judy, formerly Scotland’s national tennis coach.

Yet he is a product of nurture as well as nature, spending a formative spell in his development in Barcelona. Now he too has his own family, his wife Kim and five-month-old daughter Sophia, to help provide distraction from the tennis.

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Were there moments of weakness which raised the question of whether he would ever return to the rostrum of a major championships?

Playing a heroic individual role as Great Britain delivered their first Davis Cup win in 79 years was one thing, but there are few things worse than getting so close to a major trophy and not being able to touch it.

He could have asked his beloved Hibs – at least before this year’s Scottish Cup win – about that.

Prior to yesterday, 12 grand slams in all had passed since that day in London in 2013. The Scot had made it to the quarter final in all but one, but only reached the final three times, on each occasion his dreams crushed by Djokovic. Undergoing back surgery in the midst of a gruelling sporting career has been tough.

His second Wimbledon victory, though, will only add to the legend of a man who is already without peers in the catalogue of Scotland’s greatest sportsmen.

Facing a man with a top service speed of 144mph who has sent down no fewer than 145 aces all tournament long, the Scot relied on his razor-sharp reflexes on the return.

Raonic at 6ft 5in tall, charged to the net regularly, but the Scot's dead-eyed accuracy was able to defy even his giant wing span.

While his brother Jamie flew out to Belgrade with the rest of the Great Britain Davis Cup team, Andy and his parents Judy and Willie spent last night attending the Champions Dinner, the annual black-tie event which all winners attend at the All England Club.

While Serena Williams and Djokovic last year re-started the convention of a first waltz between the male and female singles winners', Murray said the only thing that could make that happen would be an uncharacteristic glass or two of champagne.

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"No dancing for me tonight," he said. "Unless I've had a few glasses of champagne, then it is possible." The Serb has been leading everyone else in men's tennis a merry dance for the last 12 months, but one sensational, long-suffering Scotsman suddenly seems ready to take a leading role.