On Sept. 10 at Flushing Meadows in New York City, Britain’s Andy Murray delivered the finishing blow to Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Montenegro, receiving his first Grand Slam title as U.S. Open Men’s Singles Champion.
This hard-earned title sprang from a lengthy, five-set match that lasted a total of 4 hours and 23 minutes, according to usatoday.com. The crowd watched as Murray struggled to secure the first two sets, and then lost the following two with scores of 2-6 and 3-6.
With each side holding two sets, uncertainty and suspense surrounded the court. The prevailing question in everyone’s mind was now, “Who would win the next?” It was Murray who pulled through the last set with a score of 6-2, establishing himself as the world’s No. 3 play and Britain’s proud No. 1.
According to usopen.com, when asked in an interview for his initial reaction, Murray responded that above all it was a wave of relief that came over him; relief of getting over “that last hurdle.” There were breaks, there were faults, there were timeouts and windy weather, but Murray stuck through it all. British and non-British fans alike cheered wildly at the victory that made him the first British man in 76 years to become a singles Grand Slam champion.
The Grand Slam consists of four different tennis majors: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and finally the U.S. Open. Together these four majors annually bring together players from all over and showcase new stars, while esteeming those who are returning.
Now Murray is not only an Olympic gold medalist, but also a Grand Slam singles champ. He swept five wins in a row in a single year when previously he was 0-4 in major finals. He has slowly risen to the top through seven years of persistence and hard work.