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.