Andy Murray Grand Slam Champion

Andy Murray US Open Champion

The wait is finally over. Andy Murray wins the 2012 US Open and claims his first grand slam!

It wasn’t straight forward and Murray had to win the longest ever US Open final to rewrite British tennis history. In a match that lasted 6 minutes shy of 5 hours Murray triumphed 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2.

Murray’s victory at Flushing Meadows puts an end to so many records. He becomes the first British men’s winner at any Grand Slam event since Fred Perry won this championship in 1936 … 76 years of hurt. An amazing 286 grand slams have come and gone since Perry’s final grand slam, lets hope we don’t have to wait another 76 years.

He also becomes the first British man to win the US Open and an Olympic singles gold medal in the same year.

After 4 hours of play tonight, those records looked like the may be still standing for another year at least. After taking a 2 set lead, Murray looked like he was cruising to his maiden grand slam, but Novak Djokovic was not about release his grip on the US Open title and the Serb began to overpower Murray.

Djokovic raced through the third set and took an early service break in the 4th and Murray looked down and out. The Scot did show signs that he was till there forcing a few break back points only for Djokovic to produce some quality shots to retain his advantage. The final game of the 4th set Murray was once again broken and the momentum was with Djokovic.

Murray though was able to wrestle the advantage back, he took a bathroom break at the end the 4th set and emerged rejuvenated. From the first point of Djokovic’s opening service game, Murray was applying pressure and that paid off breaking in that opening game and then claiming another break to lead 3-0 and despite Djokovic getting one break back, Murray would go on to claim another has Djokovic’s body started to let him down as cramp set in.