Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Andy Murray wins US Open 2012 title
Andy Murray won the U.S. Open 2012 title after beating Novak Djokovic 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.
After taking a two-set lead, then squandering it, then girding himself for the deciding fifth set, Murray gave Britain their first grand slam title since 1936.
"I cried a little bit on the court," said Murray. "You're not sad. You're incredibly happy. You're in a little bit of disbelief because when I have been in that position many times before and not won, you do think, you know, is it ever going to happen?"
The match included rallies that often lasted 20, 25, 30 strokes - and one that even went 55.
It included 17 breaks of serve and 121 unforced errors and lasted 4 hours, 54 minutes.
"It was an incredibly tough match, and, yeah, obviously it felt great at the end," Murray said. "Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I'm feeling just now."
Nole came out looking completely unready to tackle the wind and lost serve at love in the opening game, but broke back in the seventh game en route to a tiebreaker, which lasted 25 minutes.
The Serb saved five set points but Murray broke through on No. 6 with a serve that Djokovic could not handle.
In the second set, Murray broke serve twice to take a 4-0 lead but Djokovic broke once, then again, to push the second set to 5-5.
But his comeback didn´t last long as the Scott broke one last time and claim the set.
Nole was able to win the next two by playing more aggressive, pushing Murray from corner to corner, not allowing him to dictate play.
Murray regained momentum at the start of the fifth set by breaking his opponent and the taking a 5-2 lead. Then he won just one more game to seal the amazing match.
"I really tried mentally to be out there and physically to always push myself over the limits," Djokovic said. "If I had won that first set and had some chances, maybe the match would go a different way. But there is no reason to go back and say 'What if? What if?' He's a Grand Slam winner and he deserves to be there."
Back in Britain, the celebration was on. "Yankee Doodle Andy!" shouted one of the headlines. Murray now has a permanent spot in the hearts of fans in a country that invented Grand Slam tennis.
Murray's coach, Ivan Lendl, also lost in his first four trips to Grand Slam finals before breaking through at the French Open in 1984 and then went on to win seven more.
"It was a very strange thing," Lendl said. "I went, in one match, from a guy who can never come back to a guy who never gives up. I don't think I deserved either of those. But that's the way it goes ... sometimes."
Lendl insists there was no magic behind Murray's first major victory. Only a lot of hard work, with more to come.
"You can help somebody in a very short period of time," he said. "However, it takes longer for more things to set in. You cannot do it all in one week, you cannot do that in one month, and hopefully, we're not anywhere near where Andy could get."
ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett praised Murray after the final, saying, "Andy's breakthrough Grand Slam victory is not only a tribute to his exceptional talent but also a deserving reward for his hard work and perseverance."
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