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In the most thrilling of US Open finals, it was Andy Murray who came out who came out on top tonight. The match that lasted just under 5 hours, was like a see saw battle, with neither player hitting top gear. The reigning champion Novak Djokovic fought his heart out to claw his way back from a two set deficit, but could not complete the job. In the end the Scot won the match 7-6(10),7-5,2-6,3-6,6-2.
The set started off with an early break of serve for Andy Murray, and 4 unforced errors for Djokovic. With the wind playing a major part in the match, Djokovic broke back immediately. Neither player was able to play his best tennis, but it the Scot seemed to be adjusting better, with Djokovic making error after error. The Scot broke the champion and took a 4-2 lead. Djokovic however, resilient as ever fought his way back into the set by improvising, and playing a more conservative game. He broke back, and then won 11 consecutive points to take a 5-4 lead. Murray then showed composure to hold serve and take us to a tie break. In a thrilling end to the set, both players continued to make errors at crucial junctions. Novak saved 4 set points, but in the end it was the Scot who was able to overcome the nerves and close out the set 12-10 in the tie break. The marathon set lasted 1 hour and 27 minutes.
The second set turned out to be quite the anti-climax to begin with. As Murray continued from where he left, as the Scot continued to put the ball in play. Novak appeared to be fragile and gave made a large no of errors, giving Murray a 4-0 advantage. At that stage of the set, Djokovic had already made 11 unforced errors. It was here that Novak woke up and started to fight, the Serb broke back immediately and the held serve to cut the lead to two. The crucial game however turned out to be the ninth game, where Murray's questionable mental strength gave in as he made three unforced errors to hand Djokovic yet another service break. The Scot then steadied the ship and held on to serve getting to six first. The champion who seemed so strong mentally, made 3 errors in that twelfth game to hand the set to Murray. Djokovic made an alarming 19 errors in that set.
Djokovic carried some of the momentum that he had gained in the previous set despite losing it in the third. He broke Murray in the very first game and looked more pumped up than we had seen all night long. He then held on to serve to take a 3-1 lead eventually. In the sixth game of the set, with Djokovic leading 3-2, he trailed 15-40. It was at that point that the champion stepped up and fired to big serves to hold on to serve. The Serb then broke the third seeds serve once more, to get the opportunity to serve for the set. Novak did not disappoint, and held serve to take the set 6-2. He really cut the errors in that set, and limited them to just 6 in that one.
The fourth set saw some of the most scintillating tennis we had seen so far in the match. It was however about two breaks of serve, one at the start of the set and the other at the end of the set. But what was sandwiched between the two breaks of serve was some of the most stunning rallies as the Scot came fighting back, playing some fantastic tennis. The Serb showed a lot of mental strength in that set and hung on to serve to close the set out at 6-3. The decisive factor in that set was the high first serve percentage of Djokovic with 83.
The fifth set had the most dramatic of manners. The Serb ha all the momentum, but against the run of play, it was the Scot who got the early break. It gave him the confidence, and before one could blink an eye the Scot took a 3-0 lead. The champion however, wasn't about to surrender his crown so fast, as he broke back immediately to cut the Olympic champion's lead to 1. The Scot however broke back and finally took the set and the match 6-2.
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