Novak Djokovic bows out to Andy Murray in the final showdown of the US Open 2012 – Tennis News
Defending champion, Novak Djokovic, was underplayed by the Olympic gold medallist, Andy Murray in the final showdown at the US Open 2012, final of the four Grand Slam events taking place in Corona Park in Queens, New York City. He suffered a 6-7(10), 5-7,
6-2, 6-3, 2-6 loss at the hands of the British number one, eventually awarding Murray his maiden Grand Slam title.
The second seed made an epic comeback and pocketed the equaliser with a 6-3 win. However, he stepped off steam again in the final set and eventually lost the match in the longest US Open final.
"It wasn’t to be. I want to congratulate Andy for his first Grand Slam," Djokovic reflected after the match. "He absolutely deserves it. I gave it all. It was another tremendous match to be a part of."
"It was incredibly tricky conditions," the delighted Scot commented during the trophy presentation. "After the third and fourth sets it was tough mentally for me… Novak is so, so strong. He fights till the end in every single match and I don’t know how
I managed to come through in the end. It was close to five hours and I’ve had some really long and tough matches. I just managed to get through."
Ranked second in the South African Airways ATP World Tour Rankings, Djokovic cashed in half of the 18 break opportunities and was broken eight times. He also fired seven aces and hammered 40 winners. However, he spilled 65 unforced errors as opposed to Murray’s
56 which cost him the match.
Murray on the other side not only gained 2000 ATP ranking points but also claimed the prize money. He also ended 76 years British agony as he was the first person from Great Britain since Fred Perry to lift the Grand Slam title.