By a Newsnet reporter
Scotland’s Andy Murray has beaten Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 to take the 2012 US Open Tennis Title in an epic encounter.
In a pulsating match that saw both men produce scintillating tennis and trade service breaks, it was the Scot who emerged victorious after 5 hours of gruelling play.

In doing so, Murray has broken his Grand Slam duck by beating the former world number one and has cemented his place as the best player from the British Isles in the modern era.

The Scot slumped to his knees on converting match point as the scale of his achievement sunk in.

The US Open holds a special place for Murray.  The tournament gave him his first ever taste of a Grand Slam final in 2008 where he lost in straight sets to Swiss legend Roger Federer.

Immediately after that loss, Murray said: “I don’t want to be remembered for losing in the final of the US Open, I want to win one of these tournaments and I’m going to try my hardest to do it.”

Since that defeat, Murray has lost in the Australian Open twice and this year’s Wimbledon final. 

However Murray finally laid his Grand Slam bogey to rest and, in what is easily the best year of his career thus far, has now won two major tennis titles back to back having recently defeated world number one Roger Federer to take the Olympic gold medal.

The final was delayed by a day after dreadful weather hit New York’s Flushing Meadows.  However neither finalist appeared to be affected as both served up a tennis feast.

Both great friends off the court, there was no question of either allowing sentiment to get in the way in this final, and it was Murray who took first blood breaking Djokovic’s first service game of the match.

However Djokovic broke straight back and the match began with no player able to hold their initial service game.

In what were difficult breezy conditions both men suffered a further break of serve and at six games all a tie-break was required to decide the opening set.  After squandering five set points, Murray eventually converted one, taking the tie-break 12-10 and lead one set to love.

Murray kept up the momentum into the second set with an immediate break of serve.  By now the Scot’s footwork, first serve and all round court play was clearly the better of the two as Djokovic struggled in the breezy conditions.  A second break followed and he was four games to love up.

However, any thoughts that this would be a walkover were dispelled as Djokovic dug deep and broke back twice to restore parity in the set – the second break coming as Murray served at 5-4 to take a two sets to nil lead.

The reprieve was temporary though as Murray quickly re-asserted his superiority and at 6-5 broke the Serbian for a third time and it was indeed two sets to zero for the Scotsman.

A psychological blow in favour of the Scot who had looked fragile having given away a double break lead – the title was now tantalisingly close.

The third set saw Djokovic take an early 3-1 lead, breaking Murray in the third game and following it up with a service hold of his own.  A second break saw the Serbian serve for the set – which he duly did.  Murray now led two sets to one and the tension was palpable.

The momentum was now with Djokovic and the fourth set saw the Serbian continue where he left off in the third with an immediate break of the Murray serve. 

At two games to love in the fourth set, Murray had lost eight of the last nine games.  The Scot was looking tired and the match went to a fifth and deciding set when Murray again relinquished a game when serving at five-three down in the fourth set.

From two sets down, Djokovic had levelled and Murray now faced perhaps his biggest ever mental test.  This was an epic encounter and the Scot was entering new territory.

This time the set saw Murray hit the ground running with an immediate break of the Djokovic serve.  Following a hold of his own Murray struck again, breaking the Serb for a second time.

There followed a further exchange of breaks by both men and suddenly Andy Murray, watched by two Knights in the shape of Sir Sean Connery and Sir Alex Ferguson, found himself serving at 5-2 up for the US Open.

He did not fail and Murray is now a Grand Slam champion.  Well done Andy Murray.

Commenting, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“Congratulations to Andy Murray on what was a fantastic performance.  This is another brilliant win over Novak Djokovic and continues an amazing year for Andy.  Now Olympic and US Open champion, Andy truly is a Scottish sporting legend and I’m certain that more grand slam titles will follow.”

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Early Ball
2012-09-11 02:34

Fantastic effort from Andy. I never dreamed there would be a world class Scottish tennis player. US open champion. Five hours! My nerves are frazzled. Well done min
Nation Libre
2012-09-11 02:47

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, off now for that heart attack. Does a single malt cure heart failure?
2012-09-11 02:50

Only if it is an Arran single malt!

2012-09-11 02:51

Amazing stuff Andy Murray, you did Scotland proud.
call me dave
2012-09-11 03:03

Fantastic match.
The boy man done good!

He deserved to win as he played the best tennis although, like all things Scottish, he did it the hard way.

$1.9M in the back pocket too!

Great boost for all of Scotland.
Adrian B
2012-09-11 03:13

Well Done Andy

A lot of hard work pays off. First of many I hope for you!
2012-09-11 03:21

Outstanding win!

God the nerves are frazzled, but Wimbledon finalist, Olympic gold medalist and now U.S. Open champ, that’s a hell of a year so far.

Well done Andy.
J Wil
2012-09-11 04:11

A great result for him and for Scotland.
2012-09-11 05:17

I wanted so much to see this match but only having council tv I had to listen to it online. When Joker came back in the third I gave up and went to sleep. Lucky for us Mr Murray didn’t do likewise. Feeling very proud of the man this morning. Congratulations  . I suspect this will only be the first of many.
2012-09-11 11:36

bruman you can watch all the tennis and football matches online for £15 a year at its great.
2012-09-11 12:45

bruman, you can also watch sport live steams on sites like myp2p for free, and as far as I am aware they are legitimate sites.

2012-09-11 05:31

Fantastic win. Well done. I just don’t know how they can keep going for nearly five hours.
2012-09-11 06:10

Well done Andy, Scotland is proud of you.
2012-09-11 08:04


Excellent ! So pleased for the lad and up yours to the nasty naysayers!
Chateaulait 57
2012-09-11 08:15

Well done Andy, there will be a lot of people eating humble pie for their breakfast this morning.
Ready to Start
2012-09-11 08:35

Brilliant performance.

Will David Cameron compare this win to England’s 1966 World Cup win which is what he said of the British Olympiads yesterday and like 1966 would be talked about for hundreds of years?
From The Suburbs
2012-09-11 09:08

Quoting Ready to Start:

Brilliant performance.

Will David Cameron compare this win to England’s 1966 World Cup win which is what he said of the British Olympiads yesterday and like 1966 would be talked about for hundreds of years?

Heard it on Radio also see letter in Scotsman but not widely reported.…/…


2012-09-11 08:38

I’ve been waiting for him to do this for year. Was crying tears of joy when he won the match. So happy for him and proud of him. He’s going to do even better from now on. C’mon, Andy!
2012-09-11 09:30

Everyone on TV keeps reminding us that he is the first Brit for 76 years to win a grand slam. No one, to the best of my knowledge reflects on the fact that he is the very first Scotsman so to do. Am I right?
2012-09-11 09:37

Well the article on the BBC mentions British 3 times, doesnt mention Scot/Scottish/Scotland at all…it just goes to show you that they become British when they win, Scottish when they lose, it’s not a fallacy.

Well done Andy, you did Scotland proud!
2012-09-11 13:36

Ah interesting…the article has been changed and it now has a more balanced view with quite a few mentions of Scotland in it…

2012-09-11 09:48

This comment from the BBC website

Rob Sedgwick
3 Hours ago

76 years of hurt is over. The greatest day for British sport since 1966! Arise Sir Andy Murray. They won’t be expecting anyone to come in to work surely? It’s a national holiday!”

They just cant help themselves
2012-09-11 10:49

Anyone would think that the establishment was “buying” the loyalty of successful Scottish sport people with honours.

Once they have their bauble, they almost always become “British”.

Will Sir Andy be one of them?

PS. I don’t have much time for sport in general, as far as I am concerned it is just a form of theatre to keep the masses happy. The Romans knew very well how to use grand spectacle to tame the madding crowd.

At the end of the day winning or losing at sport is neither here nor there in the grand scheme of things.

Nevertheless, well done Andy Murray.

wee e
2012-09-11 10:04

As a complete ignoramus about tennis, I’m almost feart to ask…
We keep hearing “he’s won the Grand Slam” and yet he didn’t win Wimbledon.

I’m kinda stumped, to be honest. Can someone take pity and explain to me what exactly “he’s a Grand Slam champion” means?
2012-09-11 10:31

Andy has won one of the Grand Slam majors, but he hasn’t actually achieved a ‘Grand Slam’ which is four majors (US, French, Australian and Wimbledon Opens) in one season. A Golden Grand Slam includes an Olympic win and four majors in one season.
wee e
2012-09-11 11:54

Aha, so it’s like he’s now graduated to the winners four-game league, so to speak.

Thanks, both!

I don’t doubt he intends to win all four some year – a very determined young guy.

2012-09-11 10:10

Hi wee e I was confused too until someone explained to that there are 4 big competitions in tennis (not sure why they are big, big money maybe?) – they are, wimbledon, australian open, french open, us open. Hope that helps!
2012-09-11 14:39

Most competitions are best of 3 sets. The 4 Majors (grand slams) are best of 5 sets. So therefore much harder 🙂

2012-09-11 11:00

Just to be political for a minute, I was listening to Call Kaye this morning and couldn’t believe my ears when Michelle Mone called in from her flat in London to own up to being Scottish. Whit! Isn’t this the woman who was leaving Scotland if we went independent.

Never mind Elaine C Smith put in all in perspective – well done Andy.
2012-09-11 11:57

Mone must have another new range of underwear coming out..

Her last outburst against independence that received widespread news coverage just happened to coincide with the launch two days later of her new range. Obviously any publicity, good or bad, is ok with her.

Anyway, well done Andy Murray, what a great achievement.

2012-09-11 11:15

Brilliant just bloody brilliant.

Thank you Andy Murray.
2012-09-11 11:31

I was surprised to see the Daily Mail (Scottish version apparently) had Andy Murray front and back pages yet the Herald has a mottley crowd picture from the streets of London .
Do staff at the DM stay up later , have a more ” haud the front page “attitude than the Scottish ” quality” press?
2012-09-11 11:51

tearortwo Andy is not the first Scotsman to win it. It was Harold Segerson Mahony, who won his only major title in 1896 116 years ago. The BBC PROBABLY WONT TELL YOU THAT.
Edna Caine
2012-09-13 23:20

Quoting FREEDOM1:

tearortwo Andy is not the first Scotsman to win it. It was Harold Segerson Mahony, who won his only major title in 1896 116 years ago. The BBC PROBABLY WONT TELL YOU THAT.

Why should the BBC tell us lies? (don’t answer that!)

Although born in Edinburgh, Mahoney was Irish.


2012-09-11 13:48

How dare you deranged nationalists try and steal away our glorious British hero. Independence is only a pipe dream, mostly held by the braveheart generation anyway. If Alex Salmond hadn’t rigged the 2011 election with populist policies the SNP wouldn’t have won the election.
2012-09-11 14:31

Quite right. It’s not just that Andy Murray has won, it’s that he’s done it deliberately.

2012-09-11 13:56

A wonderful day for Andy Murray, he makes us all proud.

I hope that the Scottish Government do not sit back and enjoy the moment though, we need to make it easier for our children (and Grandchildren) to take part in Sporting activities. There is probably a mountain of talent in Scotland, who have just never had the opportunity to train and take part in competitive sport………..let’s try to ensure we can do the best for all our young people.
2012-09-11 14:11

It’s a ‘Come away ma wee Geordie’ moment.
2012-09-11 15:20

Just to add my congratulations to the many above – well done Andy. And not forgetting to direct a thank you to coach Ivan Lendl for bringing the young man “on song” so to speak. Very well done both and well deserved.
2012-09-11 15:22

Iam sorry for being a party pooper and i will probaly be told to lighten up but what the hell,
Andy was not representing scotland,He was representing himself,He did well and i hope he goes on to win more majors.
Andy will add to the fortune he already has to the tune of one point $1.9million.
andy will be able to name his price to the companies that want to sponsor him.
Now for the part where most posters will disagree with me.
Andy will drape himself with the saltire when required and will gladly drape himself in the union flag when required.
2012-09-11 15:52

Don’t see why sportsmen and women should have to choose (at the moment) between being British or Scottish, and Andy – particularly at the Olympics – is quite right to wrap himself in the Union flag when he is representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland. That doesn’t make him any less Scottish. Will Paul Lawrie become less Scottish when he represents Europe at the Ryder Cup? Too many of us nationalists get upset by this Scottish/British thing in sport at present. When we have gained independence we can start to talk about who our sportsman are representing.
As you, correctly, point out (and as Andy himself has previously) he is, as an individual sportsman, representing himself, his family, his friends and his team before any abstract nationality. But, regardless, Murray has always proclaimed his Scottishness and we should be justly proud. Let’s not spoil the moment through petty arguments of whether he’s representing Scotland or UK.
2012-09-11 16:24

Andy Murray was competing for himself, but representing his country (or countries).
creag an tuirc
2012-09-11 17:04


2012-09-11 16:41

From the BBC website:

Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery:

“I always felt he had everything and now it’s really come to fruition. I met him for the first time a couple of days ago. It’s great for Scotland. We’ve had a really great landslide victory. And stop saying he’s British, he’s Scottish. I have to go now because the champion is waiting.”…/19556000

You tell them Sean !!
2012-09-11 16:57

Scotland is a country, Great Britain is not.

Well done Scotland’s Andy Murray!
2012-09-11 17:10

Scotland is a country. Great Britain is a country, of which Scotland is a part. The United Kingdom is a country, of which Great Britain is a part. Scotland has a right to independence but not a right to redefine the English language to that end.
2012-09-11 17:40

Quoting Jiggsbro:

Scotland is a country. Great Britain is a country, of which Scotland is a part. The United Kingdom is a country, of which Great Britain is a part. Scotland has a right to independence but not a right to redefine the English language to that end.

Is Great Britain technically a country? My understanding is the name has two applications – firstly a geographic term describing the main island British Isles, the other (which should correctly be the Kingdom of Great Britain), which refers to the joint monarchy of Scotland and England and has been in use since 1603. Neither meaning defines a country although it is commonly misused as such. The United Kingdom of Great Britain came into being with the political union of 1707 as a unitary state and most certainly is a country in its own right (though hopefully not for too much longer!).

At least that’s my understanding of the term. I’m prepared to be corrected if that’s wrong!

2012-09-11 18:22

Great Britain was a country at the time of the Act of Union with Ireland which created the United Kingdom. You could argue that it stopped being a country when that Union came into force, but then the same logic would apply to Scotland. If Scotland is a country – and it is – then so too are GB and UK.

2012-09-11 20:52

Great Britain is not a country. It is an island archipelago in the North Atlantic of which various countries make up GB.

Scotland is one of these countries.

Do not believe everything you read in Wikipedia.

Quoting Jiggsbro:

Scotland is a country. Great Britain is a country, of which Scotland is a part. The United Kingdom is a country, of which Great Britain is a part. Scotland has a right to independence but not a right to redefine the English language to that end.

2012-09-11 21:42

If Great Britain is not a country, then Scotland is not a country: Great Britain was a country prior to the 1800 Act of Union with Ireland which created the United Kingdom, and either it remained a country after the union, or Scotland ceased to be a country after the Acts of Union of 1707. Take your pick. I’m afraid you can’t simply wish GB out of existence by selective definition, nor can you dismiss contrary arguments by reference to Wikipedia. As it happens, a well-sourced article in Wikipedia is a lot more reliable than the unsupported assertions of anonymous internet posters.
2012-09-11 22:07

In my opinion you’re confusing Great Britain with the United Kingdom of Great Britain, though I admit that it’s easy to do and the distinction can be somewhat debatable.

But since you’re keen on Wikipedia: “The websites of the UK parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the BBC, and others, including the Historical Association, refer to the state created on 1 May 1707, as the United Kingdom of Great Britain.”

Repeating myself, Great Britain correctly refers to the largest island of the British Isles and the term was later adopted to the shared monarchy of Scotland and England.

The problem is that GB/UK have become synonymous. It seems moot and semantic but it becomes important when Unionists use language like Scotland being “pulled out of” Great Britain. Only becoming a republic AND a cataclysmic event which split the entire island along the Anglo-Scottish border!
2012-09-12 11:31

I take it you mean fracking along the Iapetus Suture Kenspeckle?
This runs along the line of Hadrian’s Wall, that could raise some interesting questions not least the sea border and our missing 6,000 sq miles of sea bed!

2012-09-11 17:37

Well done Andy Murray. A great victory over another great tennis player, your rival and friend Novak Djokovic. I hope the pair of you grace the tennis courts of the world for many more years, along with your peers Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the many excellent players in the current top 20.
2012-09-11 17:40

O/T Catalan March for Independence – live broadcast from Barcelona…/TV3
2012-09-11 17:48

Professional tennis is NOT about nationalities.
2012-09-11 18:47

Davis Cup.:…/Davis_Cup

He may not have been competing for his country in the US Open, but as long as people are interested in the nationality of sporting personalities, sport will be ‘about’ nationality. And when a sporting personality’s nationality is the subject of political debate, then the sport will be about nationality and politics. And sport.
2012-09-11 19:09

Meh. I’m fairly sure you know what I mean. The significance others attach to it doesn’t detract from my statement.

Not that I really care its obvious exactly what the UK MSM and politicians are going to claim and counter claim. All the while Murray will be enjoying bathing in his millions and not caring much either way.

2012-09-12 00:01

It was fantastic, even though I had to walk out of the room a couple of times in case I broke something valuable, but I was happy I was watching at the end. I was also happy to be watching a Scottish sporting success, hopefully the first of many for Andy. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I watched the highlights on Eurosport tonight.

PS. In answer to tearortwo, Harold Mahony, born in Edinburgh of Irish parents, won Wimbledon in 1896.

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