15:18 11 September 2012
Scottish tennis champ Andy Murray adds to Britain’s memorable sporting summer, after beating the world’s number two, Novak Djokovic, in the male Grand Slam singles championship in New York on Monday.
The world’s number three, twenty-five-year-old Murray, battled it out at Flushing Meadows for almost five hours before taking a win from the defending champion Djokovic, with the game results being; 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.
His win sees the end of a 76-year wait for GB, as legendry Fred Perry was the UK’s last man to take the title in 1936.
"When I realised I had won, I was a little bit shocked, I was very relieved and I was very emotional," said Murray, as reported by the BBC.
"I'm disappointed to lose, but I gave it my all," said Djokovic, who has won five major tennis events, including a 27 straight match win in both hard-court grand slams.
Murray, from Dunblane, took a strong-hold in the early stages of the game, which at one point had a dramatic 54-shot rally. But the Serbian forced a tie-break pushing Murray to a fifth game.
At one stage of the match it seemed the Scot had an injury, as he held his thigh, but concerns abated as there was no sign of a serious injury.
The crowd at the world’s largest tennis arena encouraged the players, who faced bad weather conditions due to the wind, and among the spectators were celebrities such as actor Kevin Spacey, Donald Trump and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Celebrities took to Twitter to commend the star, with funny-man Jimmy Carr saying: “Can I be the first to say 'when are we next going to see a British man win a grand slam?' It's been almost 3 minutes,” before adding: "Andy Murray has just made me cry. The man is a God. I'm so happy".
And even PM David Cameron showed support for the Brit: "Delighted Andy Murray is continuing a golden summer of sport by winning the US Open. A truly great victory" #Murray
Murray beat Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, in the semi-final to face Djokovic.
He also had a successful summer winning gold at London 2012 Olympics, and reaching the final at Wimbledon before world number one Roger Federer claimed a win.
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