4 Things We Learned at the 2012 US Open

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4 Things We Learned at the 2012 US Open
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On Monday night, Great Britain's Andy Murray dethroned Serbia's Novak Djokovic in a five-set epic, 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. With the win, Murray became the first British man to win a major since Fred Perry captured the 1936 U.S. Open. Murray's victory also prevented Djokovic from repeating as U.S. Open champion.

The match, which took four hours and 54 minutes, tied for the longest U.S. Open men's final in history (the 1988 final between Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander also went 4:54). It served as a spectacular encore for Sunday's women's final, when Serena Williams calmly stared down defeat and reeled off four consecutive games to top world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka 7-5 in the third set after the players split 6-2 sets to open the match.

With the 2012 U.S. Open in the rearview mirror, it's time to take a look back at what we learned during the 15 days at Flushing Meadows.

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