It’s been a long time coming but Andy Murray has finally fulfilled his dream of lifting his first grand slam trophy at the US Open, a triumph that has not been accomplished by a British tennis player since Fred Perry in 1936.
Victory was sweet but by no means was the challenge a ‘push over’ for the 25 year old player from Dunblane, Scotland. Aside from the fact both players had to deal with circular winds on the Arthur Ashe Court, New York, but current number 2 seed Novak Djokovic did not go down without a fight.
The extraordinary final was eventually won by the Olympic gold medallist after a gruelling match that lasted 4 hours 54 minutes with the final score ending 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.
It was clearly a very emotional time for Murray as he hit his last powerful forehand shot in return of Djokovic’s serve to see the Serbian unable to reach the ball. As the crowd roared and rose to their feet, Murray walked, almost aimlessly around the court as he tried to comprehend what he had finally just achieved.
Murray spoke to ESPN about his win: "You're feeling a lot of things, I was obviously very emotional. I cried a little bit on the court. You're not sad; you're incredibly happy. You have a bit of disbelief because when I have been in that position many times before and not won, you do think, is it ever going to happen?
"It was an incredibly tough match. Relief is probably the word I would use to describe how I'm feeling just now. Mentally, the last three, four days have been pretty tiring. When the conditions have been like they have been, you need to focus so hard on almost every shot because the ball is very hard to control."
Djokovic, a good friend of Murray’s commented on the match: “I'm disappointed to lose, but I gave it my all. I had a great opponent today. He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody. I would like to congratulate him."