US Open 2012 Men's Final: Andy Murray's Triumph Puts Perfect Cap on Tournament

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Andy Murray of Great Britain kisses the US Open championship trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final match on Day Fifteen of the 2012 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood, of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)
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The U.S. Open was mired by inclement weather, but that didn't stop Andy Murray from putting a perfect ending on the action at Flushing Meadows.

Murray seemed to draw strength from the rain, using Mother Nature's moisture to end his Grand Slam drought. It took the Brit five tries, but he finally holds one of tennis' most coveted trophies.

Each day I would flip on my television to watch U.S. Open matches, but the weather always seemed to put a damper on my viewing experience.

Murray's career has felt the same way. He's been so close to reaching the pinnacle, but he always unraveled at the last moment.

Monday's victory over Novak Djokovic was his long overdue breakthrough. The albatross has been removed from his neck, and he can play the remainder of his career with pressure of a different kind.

Now, everyone will want to know one thing. Is Murray a one-hit wonder? Or, will this set him on a path similar to his coach Ivan Lendl?

Lendl competed in four Grand Slam finals before finally breaking through to win his first championship at the 1984 French Open. He would go on to win seven more Grand Slam trophies in his illustrious career.

Saying Murray will do something of that magnitude is tough, but a few more isn't out of the question.

It's not like Murray is short on talent or effort, but the weight on his shoulders had to feel heavy. No player wants to ask "What if?" at the end of his career. Murray would have begged that question if he had never gotten over the hump.

Murray's win just makes sense. The women's draw saw a triumph of its own, with Serena Williams completing her summer comeback tour. Not only did Williams capture the U.S. Open title, but she took first at Wimbledon and earned a gold medal at the Summer Olympics.

Murray also tasted gold-medal glory in London, but he couldn't get past Roger Federer in the Wimbledon finals. He hasn't had Williams' summer, but this title alone makes it equal.

Monday's match made the wait worthwhile. Not only did Murray win, but the match itself was riveting.

Murray won the first two sets, but Djokovic stormed back to win the next two. He wasn't going to let his title slip away easily, and he had a winning streak to defend, but Murray didn't care.

He served accurately, withstood volleys and gave 110 percent effort for five straight sets. His victory was a major accomplishment and actually finishing this drawn out tournament feels like one as well.