Andy Murray wins first grand slam title at US Open
September 10, 2012 · Print This Article
US Open—New York
No. 3 seed Andy Murray needed five sets and four hours and 54 minutes to dismiss defending champion Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 and claim his maiden grand slam title on Monday evening at the US Open.
Winning an epic one hour and 27 minute first set, Murray took the second set after a missed Djokovic overhead in the 12th game, before surrendering the next two sets to the determined Serb.
Breaking out the 3-0 lead in set five, Murray used 31 winners and five aces to capture his seventh win against Djokovic in 15 meetings. Becoming the first British player to win a major since Fred Perry in 1936, Murray became the fifth player in the world’s current top eight to hold a grand slam.
Murray will move ahead of Rafael Nadal to the No. 3 spot in the rankings on Tuesday. The 25-year-old now has a chance to end the year No. 1 if he can perform well through the remainder of the season.
Murray won three titles in Asia after last year’s US Open but has nearly no points to defend at the World Tour Finale in London.
For Djokovic, the loss will keep him at No. 2 in the world and updated his record in major finals to 5-4.