In an epic battle in what can be considered “one for the ages”, Andy Murray has finally won his first Grand Slam tennis final by beating Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five set final that lasted nearly five hours. It didn’t take long for his legion of fans to take to social networking as Twitter is currently ablaze with tweets of adoration and congratulations.
For Andy Murray, his win at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, New York erases a career of unfulfilled promises that have resulted in losses in his four previous attempts in a Grand Slam singles final. Murray outlasted an obviously weary Djokovic by winning at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. Moreover, Murray’s Grand Slam victory represents the first for a men’s tennis player from Great Britain since 1936.
But 2012 has been unquestionably his finest year as a professional tennis player capped by his Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and finally that coveted Grand Slam trophy that has eluded him for so long.
After winning a tough tie breaker in the first set, Murray was able to break serve to win the second set, prompting the sellout crowd into thinking the world’s no. 3 ranked player could breeze through in straight sets. But Novak Djokovic, who was the world’s no. 1 ranked player and a winner of five Grand Slam singles titles, came back to win the next two sets with relative ease.
Yet it was Djokovic who showed an uncharacteristic display of court fatigue, as his legs grew weary and sore in the final games of the final set. Clearly it was obvious that it was Murray’s time to take advantage and he capsulized by breaking Djokovic’s serve three times and after the final point was called out, Murray nearly dropped to his knees and brought his hands to his face as if to say to everyone in attendance, “finally, I did it!” Indeed he did, and by winning the last tennis Grand Slam event of the year, he moves up to the no. 2 ranked player in the world, along with a paycheck for $1.9 million
Tweets are popping up within seconds of each other and the following are some of the best celebrity tweets thus far in what is expected be a full evening full of accolades on the social networking site:
Boris Becker @Becker_Boris
What does Andy have in common with me? We won the US Open on same date…just few years apart,23 in fact!
Rory Mcilroy @McIlroyRory
Massive congrats Andy Murray!!!! The first of many and well worth the wait!
Pau Gasol @paugasol
Congrats to @andy_murray for winning his first Grand Slam! Tough one for @DjokerNole but great tournament as well! #usopen
Andre Agassi @AndreAgassi
Well deserved…Congratulations to the #USOPEN Champion Andy Murray!!!
Russell Crowe @russellcrowe
Andy Murray on a roll. You champion.
Amanda Rykoff @amandarykoff
Serena Williams and Andy Murray pull off the Olympics
Cristiano Ronaldo @CRonaldoNews
Andy Murray is the US Open Champions! Congrats.
Piers Morgan @piersmorgan
Absolutely magnificent win by @andy_murray – what heart, what fight, what guts. #PrideofBritain
Michael Strahan @michaelstrahan
Congrats to Andy Murray for winning the Mens U.S Open Championship!! Great match
josh groban @joshgroban
CONGRATS @Andy_Murray!!!! He dug deep and I’m so happy that his first grand slam was in NYC!!! You too, @andymurray