Updated: 16/09/2012 08:29 | By pa.press.net

Magic Murray finally does it



Andy Murray prevailed in an epic five-set encounter with Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray prevailed in an epic five-set encounter with Novak Djokovic

At the fifth time of asking and in the most dramatic way possible, Andy Murray became a grand slam champion.

After winning the first two sets of the US Open final against Novak Djokovic, it looked like another chance was slipping through the Scot's fingers when the 2011 champion forced a decider but Murray came through 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2.

In a twist of fate, Murray's victory came 79 years to the day since Fred Perry won his first grand slam title at the US Open and ended Britain's 76-year wait for a men's singles grand slam champion.

The 25-year-old also became the first man in history to win Olympic singles gold and the US Open in the same year and emulated coach Ivan Lendl in winning his first grand slam trophy at his fifth attempt.

The wind was the dominant factor in the early stages as the pair exchanged breaks but Murray was dealing with it better and he moved 4-2 ahead only for Djokovic to fight back. The rallies got ever longer and more intense and a tie-break was needed to separate them. It was only the second set Murray had ever won in a grand slam final.

Djokovic was rattled and Murray reeled off four games in a row at the start of the second set. The Serb retrieved one break immediately, which seemed a minor detail until Murray faltered serving for the set and was broken again. But Murray held for 6-5 and in the next game Djokovic missed a smash to hand his opponent two set points. A wide forehand from Djokovic sealed it for Murray.

Murray has a tendency to dip at the start of third sets and, although he got out of jail in the first game, in the third he could not prevent Djokovic taking the set. Murray badly needed a good start to the fourth set but he did not get it, the Scot's forehand beginning to regularly find the net as Djokovic broke through again to level the match.

No one had come back from two sets down to win the US Open since Pancho Gonzalez in 1949 but Djokovic had both momentum and experience on his side. However, there was a twist at the start of the decider when Murray got a bit of luck with a net cord and a potentially crucial break. The 25-year-old then showed defensive skills worthy of his opponent to hold for 2-0.

Suddenly Djokovic looked weary and Murray was half way there when the Serb netted a simple forehand to hand his opponent a second straight break. He had, of course, been in a similar position in the second set only for Djokovic to hit back, and it was deja vu as the Serb pulled one break back straight away.

It was torture for both players' supporters, but some brilliant serving from Murray gave him breathing space, and then suddenly he was a game away. After four hours and 54 minutes, the joint longest US Open final in history, Murray had done it, sinking to his knees in delight, disbelief and sheer exhaustion as his family and friends hugged each other and cried. Even Lendl smiled, just about.

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11/09/2012 05:26
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Murray haters, go home you've lost, USA Open champion 2012, Olympic Mens singles Champion 2012 and mixed doubles silver medal, top 4 ranking for several years and arguably one of the top 20 or so ever to pick up a racquet, goodbye.
11/09/2012 02:49
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well played Andy. What a match!!.   And what an acheivement. You actually made Ivan Lendl Smile.

Lets hope this is the first of many

11/09/2012 08:13
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OMG - when England are playing football, conversation always goes back to 1966 - now with tennis we are going back 76 years - for God Sake - Murray haters - I hope you choke on your humble pie!  WELL DONE ANDY!!
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Chris Burford, Cleo and Jon Loverseed you all look pretty stupid now don't you? Well do e Andy this will be the first of many slams. By the way you idiots, anything you say now will just make you look stupid. Well done Andy!
11/09/2012 03:03
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Fantastic Andy Murray. An amazing match which swung one way then the other. We always believed in you and finally you believed in yourself. You were running on adrenaline at the end and looked absolutely spent because you gave everything and finally got your reward. Even Lendl almost cracked a smile. No way did Djokovic let you win that one. Lets hope its the first of many more to come.  Please -  only posts that have the good grace to give credit where its due.
11/09/2012 08:09
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Surely appointing Lendl as coach was a masterstroke. You could see the change in Andy's game since he took over. Mentally he looks stonger than ever. Well done Mr.Murray....don't let it end here!

11/09/2012 04:00
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I had to chase around to find TV coverage but (Thankfully) found it.  I have followed the whole of this US Open and watched it in the comfort of my own home and then on the day of the Men's Final, there was no coverage on the channel that had covered the Open for almost two weeks. Unbelievable!!. As they say here, TIP, This is Panama.  I watched you from 4 -0 ahead in the second set.  You have always been a hard watch and today was no different. Love it!!! Edge of the seat stuff all the way.  FANTASTIC.  Well done Andy, you have done the UK proud.  More importantly, you have achieved the reward you so rightly deserve having been so close, so often. Hopefully, you will have silenced the imbeciles on here who have, for no good reason, had nothing good to say about you.  I am a Scot living far away from my homeland. That is my choice. Credit where credit is due.  You are the best and you have proved it.  Olympic champion and now US Open champion.  What is next we wonder.  Congratulations, you have made most decent people in the UK very proud.  I for one will raise (Another) glass or two to you tonight. 
11/09/2012 10:13
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semi finalist  australian open    quarter finalist in the french    runner up at wimbledon

olympic silver and gold medalist and now US open winner

THAT BY ANYONE'S STANDARD IS A BLOODY AMAZING YEAR

 

it wasnt an easy match but you would not expect it to be   so credit must be given to novak for his amazing fightback from two sets down

 

IT HAS BEEN AN AMAZING YEAR FOR BRITISH SPORT

11/09/2012 02:51
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                                                                   OFFICIAL

                                ANDY MURRY GREATEST BRITISH CHAMPION EVER
11/09/2012 06:54
11/09/2012 06:18
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absolutely brilliant news for everybody & scotland is proud of andy murray.
11/09/2012 08:50
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All attention for Murray today please.

 

DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS (who have only just braved crawling on here).

 

Their comments are desperate even by their incredibly low standards and they know it.

 

Well done Andy Murray, OLYMPIC AND US OPEN CHAMPION 2012.

 

The future is looking bright

11/09/2012 09:04
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well done andy you waited along time for this victory you must be ovrjoyed
11/09/2012 07:54
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Fantastic tennis and a shame anyone had to lose but In the end the Fitter man won , Novak just looked completely shot . All in All a fantastic year "so far" for British sport . 
11/09/2012 07:07
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well done, Olympic champion, and now open champion, bring on the Ryder cup for a sweep, now that's momentum, if only the cricket and footie could get their house in order. oh well you cant have everything.
11/09/2012 09:35
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Andy l dont even have to print on here 'YOU WERE BRILLIANT' although lm English l felt so proud of you....tremendous grit,determination,tactics and wonderful ability to beat a truly superb opponent in as they said probably the best Grand Slam ever!!! SCOTLAND can and is so proud of you !! Now lets hope the Scottish football Team can now be inspired to qualify for the World Cup...l would love to see that also the Welsh and the Irish teams...it would make the tournament so much more enjoyable to watch British teams competing at the top level,maybe just maybe there will be a carry on good factor from the OLYMPICS!! we can only hope!!
11/09/2012 07:22
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Aye as Andy would say to the folk that have put their rather nasty and frankly raciest poison on here in the past KISS MY HAIRY SCOTTISH POSTERIOR lol
11/09/2012 06:35
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Well done Andy.Our own Scottish hero.

11/09/2012 09:13
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No, Burford ,Cleo and the rest of you ranters, he isn't an all time great, he'd have to go on and dominate for 2 or 3 years and win 6 majors to be that good, will he do that? I doubt it but he might well win another 1 or 2. A choker? not particularly he's just come up against better players on top form in the past. What he has done is given 100% and made the most of every ounce of talent he's got. A mummys boy? , don't know about that but he's certainly done better with his new coach Lendl so maybe it's just a question of him peaking late and getting the right coach than an interfering mother. Apparently he once made a derogatory comment about the england football team aged 19, well I'm 47, English and have made thousands of derogatory comments about the useless ****s. I know if they had half his talent and dedication they'd have a much better tournament record than they've got. Well done to a world class talent and a nice guy, here's to the future.  
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