Andy Murray has finally picked up his first Grand Slam, beating Serbian Novak Djokovic 7-6 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 in the US Open final in New York.
The pair met at Flushing Meadows, cheered on by the likes of Sean Connery and Patrick Stewart, with the match lasting a gruelling five hours before Murray finally managed to overcome his rival in the fifth set. His victory was the first male Grand Slam win since Fred Perry won Wimbledon in 1936. When asked about how it felt to finally get his first major win after years of falling just short, Murray said: "I've been reminded of that most days of my life for the last few years. It's great to have finally done it and I don't need to get asked that anymore."
"To come back in the next Grand Slam and to win it in a five-set match against Djokovic on a hard court – he hasn't lost for a couple of years on a hard court in a Grand Slam – is unbelievable," he continued. "I have kept improving. I have worked hard all the time, even after the tough losses. That's helped. I have had a fairly solid team around me as well for a long time."
But Murray's win was not an easy one, as after having bested Djokovic in the opening two sets, the Serbian mounted an impressive comeback, one which the Team GB Olympic gold medal winner admitted had shook him up: "I had to change my gameplan as Novak started going for it when the wind dropped.I was still guiding it a little and Novak forced his way back.
"I went to the toilet and said to myself 'give it everything you've got in this final set'."
When asked about how difficult it was to motivate himself for another Grand Slam final following his loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, he said: "There were times for sure after Wimbledon this year when you wonder whether it will ever happen. I slept fine last night but I started to doubt myself a lot before this final.
"I don't mean to be disrespectful to Roger, Rafa and Novak but they all won their first Slam against players who had never won one, so it's always been a mental battle for me. And it was mentally tough for me here as Novak battles until the end."
Djokovic congratulated Murray on his victory, saying: “It wasn’t to be but I want to congratulate Andy on his first Grand Slam. He absolutely deserves it."
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