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Andy Murray Ends Great Britain’s Drought, Defeats Novak Djokovic to Win US Open

Andy Murray
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At long last, Great Britain’s Grand Slam drought has come to an end.

Andy Murray overcame tricky winds and 76 years of history to defeat Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, in the longest men’s finals in the history of the US Open. It also marked Great Britain’s first men’s Grand Slam title since 1936.

Murray started out strong, ignoring the windswept conditions at Arthur Ashe stadium to defeat the defending champion 7-6 in the first set. Murray continued his success in the second set, withstanding a late Djokovic charge to score a 7-5 victory.

The match shifted gears in the third, as Murray appeared to take a more tentative approach in the face of Djokovic’s relentless style of play. The 25-year-old Serbian easily won the next two sets, setting up a decisive fifth frame. With his back to the wall, Murray kept his cool, twice breaking Djokovic’s serve to secure a 6-2 victory and his first Grand Slam championship in five tries.

It’s been an incredible summer for the pride of Scotland. Murray rallied from a disappointing showing in the French Open to secure a gold medal in this summer’s Olympic Games in London. That triumph, coupled with Murray’s win at the Open, should ensure his place among Great Britain’s most famous athletes.

Djokovic can’t be too upset, though. He still earned over a million dollars for his US Open performance. Not too shabby for a second place finish.

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