Re: USO Final: Murray beats Djokovic 7-6(10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2
Watched last night, was so proud of Andy Murray. It was well worth the wait. It would have been nice if he'd have won the slam with a straight forwards victory, but winning the five set epic he did was just perfect. It made it all that much better because of how hard he had to work to win that match.
I thought the match was brillaint. The defensive play by both was off the charts to be honest, so it's not surprising there weren't a ton of outright winners in the match. Both were just getting everything back. I thought the tennis was phenominal. I would rank it ahead of Del Potros title win just because of the wait for Murray. It's been a LONG time coming, and this feel like a major breakthrough. He's been through four finals and he's finally come into his own and won the big one. It was a joy to watch.
It showed the difference between the Murray last year and the Murray this year. I was worried when Djokovic came back in the third and fourth but it showed terrific mental strength to win the fifth set like he did. It was phenominal. The Murray of old would have slumped under the pressure of the first set tiebreak, he would have certainly gave up the second set after getting broken back (twice) and he would have for sure lost the fifth set. This shows how much he's grown.
Right now, Murray is the best player in the world. He's had such a brilliant couple of months. Making the Wimbledon final, coming back four weeks later and beating the greatest of all time on his favorite surface in straight sets to win the Olympics, then coming and becoming a slam champion for the first time. Love that he's the first one to every win the Olympics and go on to win the US Open too.
It's very exciting for Murray. The weight has been lifted, he'll feel so so confident in slams now, and won't be tentative in slam finals now he's won one. This could be the start of a really good Murray run and I'm confident he could become world number one in the next one or two years. Great final, great result, great new slam champion.