Murray Beats Djokovic, Wins 1st Grand Slam
25-year-old Scot rallies after losing two straight sets
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2012 8:20 PM CDT
Britain's Andy Murray reacts after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the championship match at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Andy Murray has won the US Open in five grueling sets to become the first British man since 1936 to capture a Grand Slam title. Murray beat defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 today in his fifth try in the final of a major tournament. The 25-year-old Scot was reeling going into the decisive set after Djokovic rallied from two sets down to even the match. But Murray broke the Serb's serve in the first game, then broke again to go up 3-0.

When it was finally over after a record 4 hours, 54 minutes full of long, scintillating rallies, Murray crouched to the court with both hands over his face. Fred Perry won Britain's last Grand Slam men's title 76 years ago at the US Championships, the Open's predecessor.
 

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