U.S. Open: Andy Murray Beats Novak Djokovic, Wins First Grand Slam

After falling painfully short so many times before, Andy Murray finally won his first Grand Slam, defeating Novak Djokovic in five sets at Flushing Meadows.

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U.S. Open Tennis Results 2012: Serena Williams, Andy Murray Win Singles Titles

The 2012 U.S. Open came to a close Monday night with Andy Murray winning the men's singles title in five sets against Novak Djokovic. Murray's victory wrapped up an memorable three weeks that included upsets, retirements, rain delays and plenty of world-class tennis.

The tournament concluded with a memorable final between Murray and Djokovic. The two went back and forth throughout the match, ultimately playing a classic five-set battle that lasted nearly five hours. In the end, the 25-year-old Murray captured his first Grand Slam title.

If Murray winning the title was the big story on the men's side, Andy Roddick's sudden and unexpected retirement was a close second. Following his first-round match, Roddick announced the U.S. Open would be his final tournament. He went on to win his next two matches before losing to Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round. Following the match, Roddick addressed the crowd with a tearful goodbye.

On the women's side, Serena Williams continued her dominant summer, capturing her fourth U.S. Open women's singles title and 15th Grand Slam championship. Williams and No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka went back and forth during the women's final with Williams ultimately prevailing with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory. Williams dropped just one set during her seven U.S. Open matches.

Roddick wasn't the only notable player to retire. Former women's No. 1 Kim Clijsters also played her final match, announcing her intent to retire following the U.S. Open earlier in the year. Clijsters, who won four Grand Slam singles titles, lost to Laura Robson in the second round.

It wouldn't be a U.S. Open without some rain and once again rain forced several matches to be delayed. Both the men's and women's finals were delayed by a day due to the weather. As if the usual rain wasn't enough, the 2012 U.S. Open also featured a tornado warning delay.

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U.S. Open Prize Money 2012: Andy Murray Wins $1.9 Million

With his five-set victory over Novak Djokovic on Monday, Andy Murray captured the first Grand Slam title of his career --but he'll go home with more than just a trophy. With the win, Murray takes home $1.9 million in prize money.

The winner's share brings Murray's career earnings to more than $23 million in prize money. While he failed to win his second U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title, Djokovic won't go home empty-handed. As the runner-up, Djokovic wins $950,000 in prize money.

Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer, the two other semifinalists, will each receive $475,000 while Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, Janko Tipsarevic and Juan Martin Del Potro will each take home $237,500 for reaching the quarterfinals. The 2012 U.S. Open purse increased by 11 percent from 2011.

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Andy Murray Wins 2012 U.S. Open, Defeats Novak Djokovic In 5 Sets

Andy Murray won the 2012 U.S. Open Monday with a five-set victory against Novak Djokovic. The U.S. Open title is the first Grand Slam victory of Murray's career.

Murray started out the match strong, winning the first two sets to take an early 2-0 lead. He won the first set, 7-5, including a 12-10 tiebreaker. The second set was also close, with Murray eventually prevailing, 7-5. He appeared to be in control of the match and on the way to his first Grand Slam title, but Djokovic came on strong.


Murray gets his Slam

After committing 38 unforced errors during the first two sets, Djokovic committed just six in the third set on the way to a 6-2 victory. He kept the momentum going in the fourth set, winning 6-3 while completing 83 percent of his first serves. With the match tied at 2-2 and Djokovic holding all of the momentum, he appeared to be in position to capture his sixth career Grand Slam.

That momentum, however, didn't last long, as Murray broke Djokovic's serve in the first game to take an early 1-0 lead. Murray continued to take control of the deciding fifth set, winning the second game and then breaking Djokovic's serve a second time for a 3-0 lead. Just when it looked like Murray might cruise in the fifth set, Djokovic once again came back strong, winning the fourth and fifth games to cut Murray's lead to 3-2.

With the momentum possibly shifting, Murray took control once again, winning the sixth game without dropping a point. Djokovic appeared to begin suffering from cramps during the seventh game and Murray took advantage, breaking serve again to take a 5-2 lead. Murray then served to put the match away, winning the fifth set, 6-2.

The five-set battle lasted nearly five hours.

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