US OPEN 2012
Sleep Deprived Brits Revel In Murray's US Open Triumph
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray won his first major championship title in the city that never sleeps. But for millions of Britons following the US Open final across the Atlantic, witnessing sporting history came at a price.
Murray ended a 76-year wait for a British male Grand Slam champion at 9:04 p.m. local time Monday by beating Novak Djokovic 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in four hours and 54 minutes. Remarkably, Fred Perry won his first major title at the US National Championships in Forest Hills, on the same day, 10 September, in 1933.
British fans followed the final, which ended at 2:04 a.m. BST Tuesday, by watching satellite television channels, tuning into BBC radio coverage or reading live text commentary provided by a number of sport and national newspaper websites.
At the Dunblane Hotel, in Murray’s home town, 80 locals ate popcorn and hot dogs as they watched the US Open final, before opening champagne bottles and chanting, “There’s only one Andy Murray” after his nail-biting victory.
Roy and Shirley Erskine watched with great pride from their home, as their grandson added the US Open title to his London 2012 Olympics gold medal. “I was nervous all day, just trying to occupy myself by cleaning the house and walking the dog,” Shirley told ITN News. “But it's wonderful.”
Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, said, “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.”
Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl, who won eight major titles, told BBC Sport, “Hopefully, we're not anywhere near where Andy can get. Andy has been maturing very nicely as a player, as a competitor, as a person.”
Meanwhile former World No. 4 Tim Henman believes Murray could go onto emulate Perry. “I definitely see him going on to win more. How many he can win only time will tell. The confidence of the Olympics and this will give him so much confidence.”
Murray has already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London from 5-12 November.