New York, Sep 12 (): Andy Murray is the first man in Britain to win the US open men’s title in 76 years since 1936. Britain’s long seventy-six year wait ended when Murray beat Novak Djokovic, 2011 winner by 7-6 (12/10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in a classic US Open final game on Monday.
Thus, Andy Murray becomes Britain’s first champion after Fred Perry got his third US title in 1936. Murray had lost four previous finals of Grand Slam in 2008 at US open to Roger Federer , Australian Open in 2010, to Djokovic in 2011 in Australia and in Wimbledon 2012.
This title is Murray’s 24th title; he won $2.9 million for the trophy and has taken a historic place in the Britain’s sport. Murray achieved the historic feat in 4 hours 54 minutes, said as the equal-longest US Open final of all time. Mats Wilander defeated Ivan Lendl in 1988, in the same duration of time.
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron wrote on Twitter that Andy Murray’s win is truly a great victory and he is delighted to see Murray’s win, which is the continuation of the summer sport events -Olympics and Paralympics.
Former British tennis player Roger Taylor, 70, who is a 4-time semi-finalist of Grand Slam added Andy has attained confidence from his Olympics win.
Greg Rusedski, former British No 1 tennis player, who lost US Open final in 1997, said Lendl has given a big hand in Murray’s victory.
Chief Executive of Tennis Association in Britain, Roger Draper said Murray’s winning of gold metal in Olympic men’s singles last month and the immediate following victory of the US Open Grand slam title is “a remarkable achievement.”
U.K.’s top-selling newspaper, The Sun saluted Andy Murray’s victory with its headline: “Yankee Doodle Andy!” The Guardian wrote as “Fairytale of New York” in its headline on the home page and Daily Telegraph said: “Andy Murray makes history.”
Murray also reached the Wimbledon final and won Olympic gold this summer.