Murray Outlasts Djokovic for US Open Title

by Kenny Ducey
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Scot wins his first grand slam

It took 4 hours and 53 minutes (tied for the longest final in history), but Andy Murray came away with his first grand slam, just months after taking Gold in London.

The match started off with a bang; Murray took the hour-and-28 minute first set in a gruesome 22-point tiebreaker on his sixth set point, thanks to some energy from the fans, and the inability for Djokovic to capitalize on errors. From there, things stayed intense.

Murray carried that first-set momentum with him to the second and ran out to a 4-1 lead, but Djokovic fought back with an ace and a crosscourt winner to force deuce, and broke the third seed to make it 4-2. It would go to 6-5 in the second, and on Murray’s set point, Djokovic rolled the dice and challenged a ball called in. He lost the point and the set, and Andy Murray was just one set away from taking the US Open from the defending champ. “Even though I was two sets down I still thought I could come back in the match,” expressed Djokovic.

Djokovic wasn’t about to let his title go easily.

The two-seed looked poised to send the match to a fifth set after playing inspired tennis throughout the third set, holding off a double-break point from Murray at one point. He forced a fourth-set, spiking a ball into the seats for commanding 6-2 win, and suddenly, the crowd appeared to be pulling for the 'Djoker'.

The penultimate set began as Djokovic quickly went up a break. Murray won a marathon point as Djokovic served at 3-2, and brought the crowd to their feet, making Ashe the loudest it had been yet. The Serbian fought back, though, and went up 4-2 en route to a 6-3 fourth-set win. The “No-vak” chants were back.

Once again, the tides changed and Andy Murray started strong with a break. After Murray went up a commanding 2-0 to start the fifth, Djokovic had a chance to win his serve and make it 2-1, but three straight unforced errors inched the Scot closer to the win. “After that, it was real tough to come back,” said Djokovic.

As he put it, the fifth was decided in the first few games. From there, Murray cracked a 131 MPH ace to go up 4-2, and won 6-2 after a final game filled with challenges (literal challenges, Murray won 2). When the dust settled, and “Start Me Up” was finished playing, Murray was the champion, 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. Afterwards, Djokovic noted he didn't move well in the closing moments.

“I didn’t give up, but I had trouble moving already from the last couple games”

It was a dog fight, lasting far longer than Andy Murray would have liked, but as he said, “I proved that I can win the Grand Slams.”

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