No. 3 Andy Murray defeated No. 2 Novak Djokovic to win the 2012 U.S. Open Tennis Championship on Monday evening, 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-3. Murray, who won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in London, won his first grand slam by beating the defending champion Djokovic. The match lasted four hours and 54 minutes.
Djokovic would struggle to find his game in the first set, finding himself falling into the trap that would plague him going into the second set, with 19 unforced errors. The set would set the record, with 22 points recorded in the tie breaker with Murray coming away with the win and the momentum.
The third set, however, is when it all started to turn around. Djokovic used two of five break points won and a suddenly potent second serve to put Murray on his heels and sieze the momentum, winning easily, 6-2.
Murray attempted to regain control in the fourth set, yet Djokovic easily dominated with three aces, 83 percent of first serves in and just nine unforced errors in the set. Murray seemed to be out of control at times in his attempts to stop the building momentum by Djokovic, and the match would go to a fifth set.
The fifth set was all about Murray, however, who finally found a way to close out matches after earning a reputation as a player without a "knockout shot." Murray would take a 3-0 lead, breaking Djokovic in the third game and taking control of the set while the Serbian would eventually start to have troubles with cramping in his right leg.