Andy Murray wins first Grand Slam Title in US Open clincher

Scot Andy Murray has won his first Grand Slam event, beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic to win the US Open in New York.

Finally, after four hours and 54 minutes – just 60 seconds short of the longest final in New York – the 25-year old got his hands on a grand slam trophy after a  thrilling 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2  finale.

At one stage it has appeared as if the British number one would suffer yet more major heartache when he surrendered a two-set lead against a rallying reigning champion in Djokovic.

However Murray showed he is made of strong stuff these days, recovering and taking charge in the decider to become the first British male to win a slam since Fred Perry 76 years ago.

The Scotsman kissed the trophy as he was overcome with emotion.

“It was an incredibly tough match and obviously it felt great at the end. Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I’m feeling just now,” said Murray.

“I’m 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.”

“I was still doubting myself right up to a few minutes before going on to play the match. It’s something I have never done before. I have been in this position many times and not managed to get through.”

“I am just so relieved to finally have got there and I can put this one behind me and hopefully win more.”

Murray also paid tribute to coach Ivan Lendl, who lost three finals in New York from 1982-1984 until clinching three titles in a row from 1985-1987.

“He was one of the greatest,” Murray said. “He has helped me through the tough times as have all of my team. It’s the best feeling for me, I’ve had an unbelievable summer.”

Novak Djokovic And Andy Murray Embrace

Djokovic congratulated Murray, calling him a worthy winner.

“It wasn’t to be and I want to congratulate Andy on a first Grand Slam. He deserves it,” he said.

“I tried my best and I gave it my all. It was another tremendous match and I am proud to have been part of it. It went to the last moment.”

Fighter: Djokovic battled back from two sets down and contributed hugely to a brilliant final

Djokovic added: “Any loss is a bad loss. 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. I’m definitely happy that he won it.

“He’s played so consistently well and won against the top players many times on many surfaces. He has proven today that he’s a champion and he deserves to be where he is, no question about it.”

Epic: Murray sealed his glory with a kiss after a match which fell a minute short of the longest ever US Open fina