Andy Murray won his first Grand Slam title Monday night at
the U.S. Open defeating Novak Djokovic in five grueling sets.
After Murray won the first two sets 7-6 (10) and 7-5, Djokovic
mounted a comeback taking the next two 2-6 and 3-6. Murray fought off the
defending champion nearly five hours into the match winning the final set 6-2.
Britain’s last Grand Slam singles champion was Fred Perry
back in 1936, taking the U.S. Championships, the former name for the U.S. Open.
Two hundred eighty-seven majors had been won between British finals victories.
It’s been a good summer for Murray, who won the gold medal
in men’s singles tennis in front of his home crowd in London.
Murray’s Grand Slam winning match lasted a record-tying 4
hours, 54 minutes. He fully understood the significance of his victory and
what it meant for his country.
”Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe
how I’m feeling just now,” Murray told the media. ”You do think, is it ever
going to happen?”
Djokovic was a good sport in falling to Murray.
”He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody.”
Sean Connery was in attendance at the U.S. Open, rooting on fellow countryman Andy Murray. We can only assume he was enjoying a martini. Shaken — not stirred — of course.
Perhaps Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum can teach Bobby Valentine a thing or two about how to maintain a sense of humor while losing.
Silence two minutes into manager’s pregame session and Sveum goes: “So, how’s your guys’ fantasy teams? Want me to ask the questions?”
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) September 10, 2012
“He’s such a good-looking guy. Obviously, he gets banged up, and he’s probably the toughest metrosexual I’ve ever come across.”
—Wes Welker, talking about Tom Brady and his bloody nose. What color does red go with?
In baseball parlance, this young man just struck out.