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Andy Murray won his first career Grand Slam title on Monday night, as the 25-year-old finally broke through to win the U.S. Open, defeating Novak Djokovic in a five-set final. Murray spoke candidly about the emotional nature of the championship after the win in an interview with BBC Sport:
It means the world to me. It's been what I've been working towards for the last ten years of my life. I've always wanted to try and win a Grand Slam, having come close a few times and the disappointment of the Wimbledon final a few months ago. To come back in the next Grand Slam and to win it, you know, five-set match against Djokovic, on a hard court, he hasn't lost in a few years on a hard court in the Grand Slams, is unbelievable.
Murray finally was able to chuckle when asked for what he hopes is the last time about the decades-old streak of British players failing to win Grand Slam titles.
I've been reminded about that most days of my life for the last few years. Every time I address the press I get asked about it. So it's great to finally have finally done it and I don't need to get asked about it anymore.
Murray won't have to worry about this one -- reporters will begin incessantly asking him about this again when Wimbledon comes around.
The Scotsman pinned his ability to finally break through on consistent effort and a supporting cast featuring legend Ivan Lendl:
I think I've kept improving. I've worked hard pretty much all the time, even after the tough losses. That's helped. I've had a fairly solid team around me as well, for a long time. We've not changed too much. I've had the same fitness trainers, physios, and Danny, my coach, has been with me for a long time, but having Ivan Lendl around has definitely helped, not just me, but the rest of the team as well. Having someone with his experience, especially in these situations. He's got his name on that trophy three times, made the final eight times in a row, it really helps having him around.
Immediately after winning, Murray expressed shock that he pulled out the epic match after losing the third and fourth sets:
"It was incredibly tricky conditions," Murray said during the on-court trophy ceremony. "After the third and fourth sets it was tough mentally for me. ... I don't know how I managed to come through in the end."
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Novak Djokovic fought off elimination for the second straight set in the men's singles final at the 2012 U.S. Open, winning the fourth set, 6-3. After dropping his first two sets against Andy Murray, Djokovic has now rallied back to tie the match and force a deciding fifth set.
After struggling with his serves early in the match, Djokovic continued to serve well in the fourth set. He completed 83 percent of his first serves in the fourth set and won 67 percent of his first-serve points. He also did well on his second serve, winning 60 percent of second-serve points.
Djokovic committed 38 unforced errors during the first two sets but committed just six in the third set, and again limited unforced errors in the fourth set with nine. After serving well early in the match, Murray struggled some during the fourth set, completing just 45 percent of his first serves.
The 2012 U.S. Open men's singles title will now come down to a deciding fifth set. Murray is attempting to win his first Grand Slam title, while Djokovic is playing for his sixth Grand Slam.
After losing the first two sets, Novak Djokovic has beaten Andy Murray in the third set of the U.S. Open men's final, 6-2, to extend the match. Murray had an opportunity to put away his first ever Grand Slam championship in the set, but Djokovic has pushed the final to a fourth set.
Murray actually won the first game of the third set, but Djokovic would respond by winning the next two and six of seven games to take the set. After looking somewhat uneven in the first two sets, Djokovic appeared more comfortable in putting away the third set to avoid defeat.
At the moment, Djokovic clearly has the momentum entering the fourth set. Murray appeared to be on his way to the championship after taking the first game of the third set, but Djokovic has rebounded to put himself in a position to rally for the win.
Looking for his first ever major championship, Andy Murray has taken the first two sets of the 2012 U.S. Open men's final from defending champion Novak Djokovic on Monday. After battling through the first set, 7-6 (12-10), Murray avoided a tiebreaker in the second set, beating the world's No. 2 player, 7-5.
Murray, the No. 3 player in the world, has never won a Grand Slam tournament despite reaching four previous finals, but he may finally be breaking out. After winning the gold medal in men's singles at the London Olympics, Murray is as close as he's ever been to finally hoisting a major championship trophy.
The last time these two players met in a Grand Slam final, Djokovic easily handled Murray, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, at the 2011 Australian Open. This time around, it could be Murray taking the Grand Slam victory in three straight sets over his rival.
In stunning fashion, Andy Murray took the first set of the 2012 U.S. Open men's final from Novak Djokovic in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (12-10), after Murray held a two-game advantage earlier in the set. Djokovic battled back to put the pressure on, but Murray responded by holding strong in the tiebreaker.
Djokovic, who is looking to win his second consecutive U.S. Open title, stormed back to win three consecutive games after Murray had gone up, 4-2. After Murray tied the set at five games apiece, Djokovic took the last two. The two players engaged in several exciting points, including one in the sixth game that featured a 54-shot rally.
History appears to be on Murray's side; he and Djokovic have had many matches against each other, and the winner of the first set has won the last 13 of them.
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The 2012 U.S. Open will come to an end Monday, as the men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray is set for 4 p.m. ET at Flushing Meadows.