Andy Murray after winning the US Open
Andy Murray has finally brought home his first major victory.
In an epic match against Novak Djokovic, that lasted nearly five hours, Murray played as well as he ever has. After a phenomenal Olympic games, in which he brought home the gold medal, Murray was determined to finally get the long-awaited major win. It was key for Murray to capitalize on that momentum. On Monday, he did just that.
A lot had been said about Murray's failure to finish when it mattered most. He just couldn't seem to get over the hump. But all of that changed in London. Murray went out and won the men's gold medal and looked solid throughout the tournament.
That lead to what what we saw Monday. We saw Murray take on everything Djokovic could throw at him, and he played with a sense of calmness and confidence. It was truly incredible to watch. By the time the dust had cleared, it was Murray hoisting the trophy after beating Djokovic 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in what was one of the best matches I have ever seen.
While the win was amazing, Murray needs to continue the momentum he has going right now. Currently sitting third in the ATP rankings, Murray has to be pleased, especially after winning his first major. But he shouldn't be satisfied.
Murray is going to have to prove that he can consistently be a finisher when it matters. The rest of this season is going to be crucial for Murray, because he needs to put himself in the best position possible for next year.
Murray will be on display again Oct. 1, where he will likely be the top seed in the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championship.
A win in Japan, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Murray move up to second, or even take the top spot in the ATP World Rankings.
There are only two remaining Masters 1000 ATP events: The Shanghai Rolex Masters and the BNP Paribas Masters.
Murray is scheduled to partake in both tournaments. A win in either cannot be understated for Murray. A win will verify everything Murray has done to this point. It will prove his major win wasn't a fluke, and it will show that he is ready to take that next step and be considered among the tennis elite.
Murray must be on one hell of a ride after his major win. He must keep up the momentum and continue to be the poster child for British tennis. Considering he was the first British male to win a major since 1936, Murray seems to be doing just fine.