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As most anticipated when Federer was eliminated in the quarterfinals, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic would vie for the 2012 U.S. Open championship.
The match between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray began Monday with winds very often gusting over 25 mph, causing the ball to rise and fall wafting in the air often ending up where it was not meant to go.
These would be difficult conditions and Murray handled them better out of the gate.
The first set would be the deciding factor. Play was tight—determined by a tiebreak.
There Murray eked out the final advantage, winning after holding six set points. The first set went to Murray, 7-6.
As Murray ran with it, shooting out to a 4-0 lead in the second set, it seemed that Djokovic would just fade away.
The Serb, however, was not finished by a long shot. He willed his way back, leveling the second set at 5-5.
When Murray held to go up 6-5, Djokovic served, hoping to force a second-set tiebreak.
But a couple of unforced errors, later coupled by some bad luck, and Djokovic lost his serve and the second set to Murray 7-5.
Down two sets, Djokovic began the arduous task of climbing back into the match. Annoyed at himself, he went for shots, was aggressive, employing great strategy and pinpoint accuracy to win the next two sets.
As is true of most great matches, this one came down to the fifth set.
After battling doubt and Djokovic, Murray found his game once again and broke the Serb in his opening game. What is more, the Brit never lost his edge, serving it out to capture that elusive Grand Slam title, winning 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.
The match lasted four hours and 54 minutes—every minute of it filled with tense action. The men's final tied for the longest match in U.S. Open history.
Murray became the first Brit to win a major title since 1936.
For Murray it was the end of a long journey to win his first Grand Slam title. Now, he hopes, it is just the beginning as the Scot begins to build his own legacy in the game.