Murray outlasts Djokovic in longest U.S. Open final

ANDY MURRAY brought a major men’s title back to Great Britain since 1936 by winning the U.S. Open at the expense of last year’s winner Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, in a match that ended a few minutes after 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Scotsman needed six minutes short of five hours to complete his first Grand Slam triumph. It tied the longest U.S. Open final record.

”I cried a little bit on the court,” said Murray, after becoming the first man to bring a Grand Slam trophy to Britain since Fred Perry did it, three years before the start of World War II. ”You’re not sad. You’re incredibly happy. You’re in a little bit of disbelief because when I have been in that position many times before and not won, you do think, you know, is it ever going to happen?”

If there’s one other person aware of how difficult these things are to conquer, it’s Murray’s coach, Ivan Lendl. To prepare for the season, Murray hired Lendl, the Czech who lost in his first four trips to Grand Slam finals before breaking through at the French Open in 1984.

The first one under his belt, Lendl went on to win seven more.

”It was a very strange thing,” the 52-year-old three-time U.S. Open champion said. ”I went, in one match, from a guy who can never come back to a guy who never gives up. I don’t think I deserved either of those. But that’s the way it goes … sometimes.”

When they teamed up, Lendl and Murray both said it would take between six and nine months to see the results. You could’ve set your watch by that one. Murray won the Olympic gold medal last month on home turf at Wimbledon. He closed out a grueling summer of tennis by going 7 for 7 at Flushing Meadows.

The match included rallies that often lasted 20, 25, 30 strokes and one that went 55. It also included 17 breaks of serve and 121 unforced errors. Noli Cruz


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