FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ Scotlandâ€™s Andy Murray had become the first man from Great Britain since Fred Perry Â won the US Championships in 1936 to win a major title by defeating Novak Djokovic 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 for the 2012 US Open title. The victory comes in his fifth major final.
The match which went 4 hours, 54 minutes was highlighted by many long, stirring rallies.
After No. 4 Murray gritted out the first two sets, Djokovic surged to even the match. In the fifth set Murray broke the SerbianÂ twice to take a 3-0 lead. Djokovic retrieved one of the breaks back to get to 1-3, but Murray surged again to take control closing ou t the set and the match 6-2.
“Novak is so, so strong. He fights until the end in every single match,” Murray said. “I don’t know how I managed to come through in the end.”
“It was incredibly tricky conditions,” Murray said while receiving the trophy. “After the third and fourth sets it was tough mentally for me… Novak is so, so strong. He fights till the end in every single match and I don’t know how I managed to come through in the end.
“It was close to five hours and I’ve had some really long and tough matches. I just managed to get through.”
“I really tried my best,” Djokovic said.
“It wasn’t to be. I want to congratulate Andy for his first Grand Slam.Â He absolutely deserves it. I gave it all. It was another tremendous match to be a part of.”
“Any loss is a bad loss. There is no question about it. I’m disappointed to lose the match, but in the back of my mind I knew that I gave it all. I really, really tried to fight my way back through.”
“It was an incredibly tough match, and obviously it felt great at the end,” said Murray to media.” ‘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.”
“I had a great opponent today, said Djokovic. He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody, I’m sure, because over the years he’s been a top player. He’s been so close; lost four finals. Now he has won it, so I would like to congratulate him.”
Murray who is coached by Ivan Lendl now shares something in common â€“ both men won their first major in their fifth major final.
Murray will move past Rafael Nadal and become the No. 3 player in the world when the new rankings come out this week.
Next target for the 25-year-old Scot is No. 1:
“That is the next step,” said Murray. “To do that, you need to be consistent throughout the whole year. That’s something that Novak and Roger and Rafa have done incredibly well the last few years. He made it very, very difficult for guys to get up there. I’m definitely going to try. It’s something I’d love to do, to get to No. 1. It’s a very tough thing to do.”
(Much more to follow)