Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Murray follows up London gold with U.S. Open win

TENNIS: US Open-Djokovic vs Murray

Sep 10, 2012; Queens, NY, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) poses with the championship trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic (SRB) in the men’s singles final on day fifteen of the 2012 US Open at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Murray won 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Susan Mullane-US PRESSWIRE

Good to know America is still the land of opportunity.

Andy Murray followed up his gold medal performance in London by becoming the first Brit since Fred Perry won the U.S. in 1936 to capture a tennis major. The Scotsman beat Serbian star Novak Djokovic in a five-set, five-hour marathon Monday at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y.

“Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I’m feeling just now,” Murray said after the match. “You do think: Is it ever going to happen? I think everybody’s in kind of shock.”

Murray also became the second player not named Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic to win a Grand slam tournament in the last seven years, joining only London bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro, who won the U.S. Open in 2009.

This was the third straight finals appearance (including Wimbledon and the Olympics) for the 25-year-old, who slid past 2010 U.S. champ, Rafael Nadal, to take his spot as the third ranked player in the world. Countrymen Sean Connery looked on proudly from the stands, then probably challenged Murray to a match.