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Murray outlasts Djokovic in five sets for first Grand Slam

Sep 11th, 2012 - Sports News

NEW YORK (AP) — In an epic, four-hour, 54-minute men's title match at the U.S. Open, Olympic champion Andy Murray outlasted second-seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 to win his first Grand Slam title.

Murray is the first man to bring a major championship back to Britain since Fred Perry in 1936. It's Murray's first Grand Slam title after failing in four previous major tournament finals.

Murray vs. Djokovic was a test of will as much as skill. The match tied the record for longest U.S. Open final. The first-set tiebreaker's 22 points set a tournament mark.

When it was finally over, Murray crouched to the court with both hands over his face, exhausted but exalted.

Fred Perry won Britain's last Grand Slam men's title 76 years ago at the U.S. Championships, the Open's predecessor.

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