27th August - 9th September 2012
Flushing Meadows, New York
Last updated: 10/09/2012
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Andy Murray has defeated Novak Djokovic to win the US Open.
After a 76 year wait for a male singles Grand Slam winner, Andy Murray has won the US Open.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match Murray said: "I'm still buzzing from the match. It was an unbelievable match. I'm so so happy."
Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in an epic five set battle 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in Flushing Meadows, New York to emulate Fred Perry's 1936 achievement in nearly five hours on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 25 year-old, who had won an Olympic gold in August, has topped off a fantastic year by winning his first Grand Slam title.
The Briton looked more comfortable in windy conditions than the defending champion, who struggled to attack as the ball swirled around the court. Murray, from Dunblane in Scotland inched the opening set in the tie-break after 6 set points.
Another close set followed where Djokovic battled back from 4-0 love down to even at 5-5. Murray again clinched it, 7-5.
After that the momentum seemed to switch, and Djokovic looked the more dominant player. Murray, who repeatedly commented that his legs felt like jelly, lost the next two sets 6-2, 6-3.
Looking back on this moment Murray commented: "I went to the toilet and I told myself, it's just one set, I've got to give it my all in this set."
In the decider, Murray came back as the more confident player, hitting the ball with more assertion and aggression. He stormed to a 3-0 lead but then was broken back at 3-1. Djokovic then held for 3-2. However the British No.1 kept his concentration and took the title on his second championship point.
Peter Bretherton, President of the Lawn Tennis Association
"On behalf of British Tennis, I would like to congratulate Andy on a truly remarkable and historic achievement. He is a role model for our young players, and an inspiration for those of any age who want to take up our sport."
Roger Draper, Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association
"This is an extraordinary achievement for Andy, a magical moment for British tennis and a fitting finale to a golden summer for our sport.
Our job now is to turn those inspired fans into regular players, and to work with our partners at the Tennis Foundation and Sport England to make the most of this wonderful opportunity to grow our sport."
Philip Brook, Chairman of The All England Club and Wimbledon
“We are all delighted for Andy. Winning your first Grand Slam has to be a very special moment in a player’s career and it was a fantastic performance in an epic final to cap a truly memorable summer of tennis for him personally and for British tennis. On behalf of Wimbledon I offer our warmest congratulations to Andy.”
UK Prime Minister @Number10gov
PM: "Delighted Andy Murray is continuing a golden summer of sport by winning the US Open. A truly great victory" #Murray