Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in five sets US Open Final.History-making Andy Murray ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam champion when he beat 2011 winner Novak Djokovic 7-6 (12/10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in an epic US Open final on Monday.
In a roller-coaster final, which witnessed a 54-shot rally, numerous 30-stroke exchanges, as well as a record-setting tie-breaker, the 25-year-old Murray held his nerve in a knife-edge final set.
Murray became Britainfirst major champion since Fred Perry claimed his third American title in 1936, the year the French Civil War started & Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected US president.But Murray was to be denied, taking the historic crown when Djokovic went long with a forehand on a second match point in what was, at hours & 54 minutes, the second-longest US Open final of all time.
The Olympic champion led 3-0 in the decider, dropped serve but broke again for 5-2 when Djokovic called a medical time-out.Murray insisted it was a large relief to finally have captured a major & put an finish to the questions over whether or not he would do it.
Most press conferences I would do I would get asked a query along those kind of lines, & it does build pressure a small bit, he said.And, yeah, Im obviously proud that I managed to accomplish it, & dont must get asked that dull query again.
You try not to give it some thought much when youe playing, but when I was serving for the match, I spotted how important that moment was for British tennis. Its something that hasnt happened for a long time.He was of the greatest, Murray said. He has helped me through the hard times.
Murray paid tribute to coach Ivan Lendl, who lost finals in New York from 1982-1984 before clinching titles in a row from 1985-1987.Any loss is a bad loss. Im disappointed to lose the match, but in the back of my mind I knew that I gave it all. I , tried to fight my way back through,said Djokovic.
Djokovic admitted Murray was a worthy winner.I had a great opponent today. He deserved to win this Grand Slam over someone because over the years he been a top player. so close; lost finals. Now he’s won it, so I would like to congratulate him.
Murray had lost all of his earlier Grand Slam finals to Roger Federer at the US Open in 2008, the 2010 Australian Open & this year Wimbledon, as well as to Djokovic in Australia in 2011.Djokovic had spent hours fewer than Murray on the court in reaching his fourth US Open final, but fitness wasnt an issue in the opening exchanges.
But cheered on by fellow Scots, Sir Sean Connery & Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, he survived an fascinating fightback by Djokovic, a five-time major winner who had defeated Murray in an epic five-setter in the Australian Open semi-finals in January.
“It is hard to explain. It has been a long, long journey to this point, so I don’t know if it is disbelief or whatever, but I am very, very happy on the inside. I’m sorry if I’m not showing it as you would like.”
Asked what it felt like to end Britain’s lengthy wait for a male Grand Slam winner, Murray replied: “I’ve been reminded of that most days of my life for the last few years. It’s great to have finally done it and I don’t need to get asked that anymore.”
Murray said the disappointment of losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in July was tough to take but added he was proud of the way he had reacted, beating Federer to win Olympic gold last month and now Djokovic to win his first major.
“To come back in the next Grand Slam and to win it in a five-set match against Djokovic on a hard court – he hasn’t lost for a couple of years on a hard court in a Grand Slam – is unbelievable,” said Murray.
He said it would have been hard to recover had he lost a fifth major final.
“I’m very, very happy to come through,” he said. “If I had lost this one from two sets up, it would have been tough to take.”
Asked what had been the key to success at Flushing Meadows, Murray said: “I have kept improving.
“I have worked hard all the time, even after the tough losses. I have had a fairly solid team around me as well for a long time.”