Andy Murray’s on top of the world right now after winning the US Open and becoming the first British man in 76 years to win a grand slam singles title. It’s definitely his best year in the sport – after getting over the heartbreak of losing Wimbledon earlier this year (remember those tears??) He then beat Roger Federer at the London 2012 Olympics in the Men Singles Tennis final to win his first ever Gold medal. And now this.
Murray breezed through the first two sets. Djokovic then equalised and it was an all or nothing game. But then Murray dug deep, in a match which lasted just short of five hours. But he smashed it.
Murray says: "So it was an incredibly tough match, and, yeah, obviously it felt great at the end, 'relief' is probably the best word I would use to, you know, describe how I'm feeling just now, yeah, very, very happy that I managed to come through because if I had lost this one from two sets up, that would have been a tough one to take."
And the Scot is hoping his achievement and those of some of the other Brits coming through in the game will motivate more youngsters
Murray says “It's great to have finally done it and I said in one of the interviews after the match, I hope now, you know, it inspires some kids to play tennis and also takes away the notion that British tennis players choke or don't win or it's not a good sport. You know, it's in a very good place in the UK right now, obviously Laura has done very well, the Olympics was great for us, Liam Broady was in the final here in the juniors, it's in a good place, I hope it stays that way."
And the man he beat - Novak Djokovic – who said Murray was a ‘complete player’…? Djokovic says: "Well, any loss is a bad loss, you know. There is no question about it, I'm disappointed to lose the match but in the back of my mind I knew that I gave it all. I really, really tried to fight my way back through, I had a great opponent today, he deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody, I'm sure, because over the years he's been a top player, he's been so close, lost four finals, now he has won it, so I would like to congratulate him. Definitely, you know, happy that he won it."
Back to the man of the moment though he described his feelings about succeeding Brit, Fred Perry’s US Open win back in 1936. Murray says: “You know I used to wear his clothing line when I was growing up, yeah, I mean, I'm sure he's smiling from up there that someone has finally managed to do it from Britain, yeah, I'm very, very happy, and I just hope it's not a long, long way, I hope I can see another British player in my lifetime win a Grand Slam."
Cheers, Andy! Congratulations from us all at IBTIMES UK!