US Open Tennis 2012: Win Will Be Major Turning Point for Andy Murray

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US Open Tennis 2012: Win Will Be Major Turning Point for Andy Murray
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After coming up short in the past four Grand Slam tournaments, Andy Murray has finally come up with a win after defeating Novak Djokovic in the 2012 U.S. Open.

Murray was runner-up in both the 2010 and 2011 Australian Open and in this year‘s Wimbledon. He was also a semifinalist in the 2011 French Open, which has cast Murray as unable to capture the momentum to win a final.

But, make no mistake about it, outlasting Novak Djokovic 7-6 at Flushing Meadows was not a fluke.

After the U.S. Open win, he has proven, even in trying times, that he can take over a match. Even after seeing his considerable lead slowly slip away, Andy Murray found a way to win. The match against Djokovic actually tied the longest ever final at four hours and 54 minutes, which shows precedent to the 25-year-old’s maturity.

The impressive endurance only solidifies the notion that Andy Murray can and will win more titles in the near future.

Of course, the U.S. Open is not the first win that will trigger more success in Murray’s future. Notably, the Olympic gold medal in this year's Olympic Games may have been the harbinger to his future success. There is no bigger stage than the world stage, so participating in and winning at the Olympics may have put things into perspective for Murray, who in the past couple of years, has been unable to capture a win. 

He won singles gold and became the first British player in over 100 years to win a gold medal at the Olympics. However, one win does not equate into a consistently successful career. A win at the Olympics showed that Murray was ready to win, but the U.S. Open win demonstrates that he can win on a consistent basis.

By winning his first major title, Andy Murray has risen to No. 3 in the rankings, only behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, according to ESPN.com.

To put things into perspective, Andy Murray is the first man to win both the U.S. Open and Olympic singles gold medal in the same year.

Things certainly looks bright for the 25-year-old Murray, and he has shown he is capable of handling the pressure that comes with the Grand Slam victory.

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