Tuesday, September 11, 2012
ANDY MURRAY ''RELIEVED'' AFTER HE WON THE US OPEN.
New crowned US Open champion Andy Murray is relieved after he became the first Briton to win a grand slam title in seventy six years old
The Scot defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 in the US Open final to finally win his first Grand Slam title at the fifth time of asking.
It was somehow fitting that the match was a rollercoaster, mirroring the journey Murray has taken to get here, as at once stage he looked poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
The 25-year-old said: 'It was an incredibly tough match and obviously it felt great at the end. Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I'm feeling just now.
'I'm very, very happy that I managed to come through because if I had lost this one from two sets up, that would have been a tough one to take
It was a match that really had everything. In windy conditions, Murray was twice a break up in the opening set before finally clinching it on his sixth set point.
He then let a 4-0 lead slip away in the second but still came out on top to move to within one set of victory against a man who had not lost a Grand Slam match on a hard court for two years.
But Djokovic was not about to give up his crown without a fight and, as Murray got nervous, the Serb upped his game, drawing level and carrying the momentum into the fifth set.
The start of the decider was crucial and a little surprisingly it was Djokovic who faltered, trailing 3-0 and then giving away another break to leave Murray one game away.
The Serb was struggling physically, understandably after almost five hours, and he was booed by the raucous crowd as he took a medical timeout.
But Murray did not waver, setting up three match points and taking the second when Djokovic fired a make-or-break return long.
The victory came nine weeks after Murray cried on Centre Court following his loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final and four weeks after he gained revenge over the world number one on the same court to win Olympic gold.
Murray became the first man to win both the Olympic singles title and the US Open in the same year, and he did not allow thoughts of his previous disappointments to creep in even when the third and fourth sets had slipped away.
While Murray tried to take in his achievement, his friends and family and the team he has worked with for most of his professional career cried and hugged each other.
It famously takes a lot to make the Scot smile in public, and even winning a first grand slam title did not have him beaming from ear to ear, for which he jokingly blamed coach Ivan Lendl, nicknamed Stoneface during his playing days for his lack of emotion.
As well as ending a long personal wait, Murray's triumph also finally put to bed the 76-year reign of Fred Perry as Britain's last male grand slam singles champion.
The only other British winner of the US Open was Laurence Doherty in 1903 - after winning Olympic gold at the 1900 Paris Games, just as Murray did in London.