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US Open Diary: Lendl Gets Drenched; Murray's Messages

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Murray© AFP/Getty ImagesFirst-time major winner Andy Murray received a number of tweets from his peers and celebrities takes a look at the news and talking points from the US Open final on Monday, 10 September 2012.

Lendl Gets Drenched
Celebrating his pupil’s triumph in New York, Ivan Lendl congratulated Andy Murray on winning his first major trophy against Novak Djokovic in the player locker room. But his mood changed when Murray’s former coach and best friend, Daniel Vallverdu doused the two in champagne.

“I saw all of the guys in the locker room afterwards, and I saw [Ivan].  He just said, ‘I'm proud of you; well done.’ We had a hug,” said Murray. “Then someone sprayed champagne all down my back and over him. I think it was Danny. That kind of ended that. He started swearing. (Laughter.) And that was that.”

Messages For Murray
Following his final victory over Djokovic, Andy Murray received an outpouring of congratulations from his peers on tour and celebrities on Twitter.  These are a handful of the ones that stood out.

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‏@jamie_murray (Jamie Murray): “What a historic night! Tonight Andy achieved his dream. He got the result his talent dedication and perseverance deserved. So proud of him.”

‏@Becker_Boris (Boris Becker): “What does Andy have in common with me? We won the US Open on same date...just few years apart,23 in fact!”

@AndreAgassi (Andre Agassi): “Well deserved...Congratulations to the #USOPEN Champion Andy Murray!!!”

‏@dusanVemic (Dusan Vemic): “@andy_murray @DjokerNole What a match Congratulations to Andy Murray on his 1st GS Title! Proud of Nole, Left his heart on d court Idemoo!”

‏@AlexCorretja74 (Alex Corretja): “I couldn't be happier for Andy! It was just a matter of time! Great Job Team!#usopen”

@piersmorgan (Piers Morgan): “McBOOOOM!!!!! We are witnessing one of the greatest British sporting triumphs of my lifetime. #Murray”

‏‏@twhiddleston (Tom Hiddleston): “Andy Murray isn't the next Fred Perry. He's the first Andy Murray. An exceptional display of both strength and will. A champion.”

@joshgroban (Josh Groban): “CONGRATS @Andy_Murray!!!! He dug deep and I'm so happy that his first grand slam was in NYC!!! You too, @andymurray.”

@McIlroyRory (Rory McIlroy) “Massive congrats Andy Murray!!!! The first of many and well worth the wait!”

‏@russellcrowe (Russell Crowe): “Andy Murray on a roll. You champion.”

‏@Mattdavelewis (Matthew Lewis): “Well, that was sublime. My, oh my, this little, old island has seen some history made this summer. Top lad @andy_murray. #GREATBritain.”

@jimmycarr (Jimmy Carr): “Andy Murray has just made me cry. The man is a God. I'm so happy.”

Sportsmanship Acknowledged
The USTA announced that US Open champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan were awarded the first “US Open Sportsmanship Award” presented to the male and female professional tennis players who best demonstrate excellence in sportsmanship throughout the Emirates Airline US Open Series and the US Open.  The award was presented to the Bryans and WTA’s Samantha Stosur by USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen and Sportsmanship Selection Committee Chairman Todd Martin.

“Bob and Mike are both great champions and gracious competitors, making them the perfect choice to receive the US Open Sportsmanship Award,” said Vegosen. “Through all of their accomplishments on the court, Bob and Mike have exuded the class and integrity that exemplify what makes tennis such a great sport. Their success continues to set a perfect example for future generations.”

The Stars Align
Celebrities who witnessed Murray win the joint longest final in US Open history at four hours and 54 minutes included actors Christine Baranski, Sir Sean Connery, Jon Hamm, Patrick Stewart, Peter Sarsgaard, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Ed Westwick, along with Grammy-nominated trumpeter/composer Chris Botti.

Rankings Update
With his triumph in New York, Andy Murray moved to No. 3 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, overtaking Rafael Nadal. Tomas Berdych, who upset top-ranked Roger Federer in the quarter-finals before falling to Murray, was the other mover inside the Top 10, passing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for World No. 6 to equal his career-high ranking.

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