British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed Andy Murray as the Briton beat Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men's singles title on Sunday.
Murray wiped out 77 years of pain when he became the first British man since 1936 to win the men's title with a stunning victory over world number one Djokovic.
Just why Britain had to wait almost eight decades to witness such scenes of unbridled patriotic joy at the spiritual home of lawn tennis was summed up by a nerve-jangling final game that dragged on for 13 agonizing minutes as Murray won and lost three match points, leaving 15,000 fans gasping in disbelief.
The pulses were racing even faster as Djokovic displayed his own survival instincts to earn three break points before a backhand volley error gave Murray another championship point.
This time Djokovic could not deny him and when the Serb dragged a backhand into the net after yet another lengthy exchange, 60 million Britons leapt up and a disbelieving Murray tossed his racket to the famous turf.
Cameron, who was sitting in the Royal box alongside Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, said: "It was fantastic. It was an absolutely brilliant performance, an amazing day for Andy Murray but also an incredible day for British tennis and for Britain. It was an absolute privilege to be able to watch it."
Fred Perry's name had haunted Murray ever since he made his Wimbledon debut in 2005 and after three hours and nine minutes of heart-pounding action on Sunday, Perry's ghost was finally laid to rest as the 26-year-old became the first British man to hoist the gilded trophy wearing shorts.
The achievement completed a remarkable 11-month run for Murray who is now the reigning Olympic, U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion.
"The noise was incredibly intense because I think every point was an exciting point," Cameron added. There were so many breaks and break backs that I think the crowd was just on tenterhooks the whole way through. I mean the Royal box we were jumping up and down, shouting, hugging. It was incredibly emotional because we've waited so long for a Wimbledon champion.
"It felt like the Olympics. It felt like one of those moments when the whole country's watching and there's just an amazing sportsman who has dedicated his life and has wanted to win this so badly and then just producing a performance that was...it was exquisite. He kept producing shots that just took your breath away and it was a complete thrill."