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US Open 2012
Flushing Meadows, New York


Mens Final

Murray v Djokovic

 

 

Murray ends 76 years of waiting and wins historic 1st grandslam in epic thriller

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Andy Murray ended Britain's 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion with an epic victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

Murray, 25, emulated Fred Perry's 1936 achievement, winning 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in
four hours 54 minutes in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Murray also reached the Wimbledon final and won Olympic gold this summer.

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.

The Olympic champion led 3-0 in the decider, dropped serve but broke again for 5-2 when Djokovic called a medical time-out.

But Murray wasn’t to be denied, taking the historic crown when Djokovic went long with a forehand on a second match point in what was, at four hours and 54 minutes, the second-longest US Open final of all time.

Murray insisted it was a huge relief to finally have captured a major and put an end to the questions over whether or not he would do it.

Djokovic admitted Murray was a worthy winner.

“Any loss is a bad loss. I’m disappointed to lose the match, but in the back of my mind I knew that I gave it all. I really, really tried to fight my way back through,” said Djokovic.

“I had a great opponent today. He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody because over the years he’s been a top player. He’s been so close; lost four finals. Now he has won it, so I would like to congratulate him.”

"When I realised I had won, I was a little bit shocked, I was very relieved and I was very emotional," said Murray.

Murray is unlikely to ever forget the atmosphere inside the world's biggest tennis arena as he celebrated his success, which arrived in his 28th appearance at a Grand Slam tournament.

A swirling wind made conditions troublesome for both players, but it was Murray who coped better in the first two sets and eventually ended Djokovic's title defence and 27-match hard-court winning run at majors.

"They were incredibly tricky conditions," said the right-hander from Dunblane. "Novak is so strong, he fights until the end of every match and I don't know how I managed to come through in the end."

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