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Andy Murray celebrates Wimbledon win by hugging parents

Published: Wednesday, July 10 2013 2:36 p.m. MDT

Andy Murray of Britain, left, greets his mother, Judy, after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press) Andy Murray of Britain, left, greets his mother, Judy, after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press)

After defeating the No. 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, Andy Murray was awestruck at becoming the latest Wimbledon champion.

The win was even more of a relief to British fans, as Murray is the first British male to take the title in 77 years. Prime Minister David Cameron even suggested Murray deserved knighthood for his achievement.

But some of his biggest fans, and the most important to Murray, are his parents. Judy Murray and William Murray, divorced since the 26-year-old was 10, pulled together to celebrate their son's success. Judy had her own moment with Murray directly after the match, as the champion nearly missed her when hugging friends and family members.

"Obviously when I’m playing the match I’ve got no idea where everyone is, but yeah, I pretty much left her out," Murray said on the "Today" show Monday. "I heard her screaming at me to come back when I was on my way down, so I saw her in the end."

Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press) Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press)

But Murray made sure not to miss his parents, and No. 1 fans, during the Wimbledon Champions Ball this week. The former couple even came to the ball together to celebrate their son's accomplishment.

Judy Murray said she was an "emotional wreck" before the win, "shaking for ... three hours."

"It's the best feeling ever to see your son win Wimbledon," she told the Telegraph. "This is what he has talked about winning since he was a little boy; it was a dream that has become a reality now for him."

While many have criticized Murray's relationship with his mom, pegging her as one of the toughest women in tennis and a pushy parent, he expressed his love for her.

"I can’t remember the last time I was in an argument with her," Murray has said. "My mum’s the one person who gets me, who understands me really well."

Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press) Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press)

Although his father was assumed to have been absent in his life, he has merely kept a lower profile at matches. In fact, Murray and his brother, Jamie, moved in with their father after their parents' divorce.

"Most people get the impression I was an absent father. That was not — and is not — the case," William Murray told the Express. "I’m happy to stand back in the shadows so long as the facts are right."

While Murray continues to have support and love from both of his parents, he has expressed how difficult his parents' separation has been for him.

"One of the things I would have loved to have had was a family that worked better together, although I love my mother and father to bits."

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