The fifth time is the charm. After going 0-4 in grand slam finals, Andy Murray finally broke through as he won the U.S. Open by defeating Novak Djokovic in an epic five set match 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. With the win, Murray became the first British man to win a grand slam title in 76 years. Murray has had quite a successful summer. Along with his U.S. Open win, Murray brought home Olympic gold in London and was the runner-up at Wimbledon.
For two sets, it looked like Murray was finally going to win his first grand slam title. In the third, it appeared the weight of the moment was getting to Murray as Djokovic began to dominate. As Djokovic won game after game, it appeared that this was going to be remembered as an epic collapse by Murray.
Heading into the fifth set, Djokovic had all of the momentum. It was hard to imagine Murray turning the tide. Then Murray immediately broke to start the fifth, held serve, and then broke again to go up 3-0. The match was essentially over at that point. Though Djokovic broke immediately, his body began to turn on him. His legs were no longer swift, affecting not only his movement, but his serve as well.
The match equaled or broke a few records as well. The match tied the record for longest U.S. Open final at four hours and fifty four minutes. The 22 points in the first set tiebreaker is a new record. There were also a number of long rallies, including a 54 shot (55 with the serve) rally. Both guys were on top of their games.
For Djokovic, this one will sting. He had all of the momentum heading into the final set, but could not close the door. Djokovic will be back. In all likelihood, he will raise a sixth grand slam trophy next year.hgl, As for Murray, the win was huge. He finally got over the hump and ended Britain’s male tennis grand slam drought. Also, if Murray had lost after going up two sets to zero, the pressure on him to win would have skyrocketed. Murray’s ultimate prize is a Wimbledon championship, but I am sure he is ecstatic to have broken through at the U.S. Open.