It took eight years and five near-misses, but Andy Murray finally won his first Grand Slam title, defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a marathon U.S. Open final, 7–6, 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2. Murray took a commanding lead in the first set as Djokovic struggled with the high winds on the court. But it ended in a grueling tiebreak that lasted 25 minutes before Murray won 12–10. Murray remained in charge, winning a tiebreak for the second set, until a break by Djokovic in the third put the Serb back on track. Djokovic took command for the next two sets, sending the match into its fifth hour and fifth set. Murray broke Djokovic’s serve three times in the final set to win the thriller. His victory was the first Grand Slam win for a British player in 76 years, and followed his home-turf triumph at the London Olympics in July.
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