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.