Tue, September 11, 2012
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Andy Murray wins first Major title in U.S. Open

2012-09-11 01:25:28 GMT2012-09-11 09:25:28(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Murray points to the heavens after winning his first Grand Slam title. (Getty Images)

Murray holding his US Open trophy

Murray kissing his US Open trophy(REUTERS)

Andy Murray ended Britain's 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion with an epic victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

The Scot finally emulated Fred Perry's 1936 achievement, winning 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 in four hours 54 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Murray - the new world number three - ended Djokovic's title defence and 27-match hard court winning run at majors.

It caps a fine year for the 25-year-old, who also won Olympic gold.

But this result will arguably have a greater impact on his career and the future of tennis in the United Kingdom.

Murray lost his first four Grand Slam finals - an Open era record he shares with coach Ivan Lendl - but like the Czech he has triumphed at the fifth time of asking.

"He's one of greatest players ever to play, he made eight consecutive finals here," Murray said of Lendl in his acceptance speech.

"Having him here supporting me has helped in the tough moments. But it's not only him - everyone else too. They've been there since the start, thanks very much."

(Agencies)

 

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