Neither player wanted to give in during this final as Djokovic and Murray traded sets well into the fourth hour. In the decisive final set, though, Murray finally put it all together to bring a US Open championship across the pond.
The winner of the first set has won the last 13 meetings. That streak held true in Monday’s final.
The opening set established this match as a dogfight. Djokovic and Murray exchanged sets throughout, with Murray forcing a tiebreak. After 24 minutes and 22 points of tiebreak tennis, the set went to Murray to a 12-10 score. It was the longest tiebreaker in Men’s US Open history.
After losing the first set, Djokovic looked very un-Djoker-like in the second, slipping on the clay and fumbling his racket on different points. Murray would take advantage with an assortment of drop shots and a calm presence on the clay.
Djokovic wouldn’t go away, however. He gained control early in the next two sets while Murray began to wither under pressure.
Djoker’s willingness to move towards the net got him back in rhythm while Murray played a defensive game not trying to make a mistake.
With every game the Serbian took from then on, the Serbian began to regain strength, while Murray carried a look of disbelief.
Murray, though, calmed his nerves and played at a championship level.
He had previously failed in four major finals, including the 2011 Australian Open final in which Djokovic beat him to start a streak of hard court dominance.
On the courts of Flushing Meadows, though, Murray was up to the task
Now Murray has a Grand Slam to add to his resume. He finally got his due.