The Scot Andy Murray's countrymen and the rest of the world can get off his back as he wins the 2012 US Open beating Novak Djokovic in the longest men's final of almost 5 hrs., 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. Murray in his fifth final caps off a golden summer beating Roger Federer in the Olympics with his first Grand Slam title.
Not since Fred Perry in 1936 has a British man won a slam. Murray also broke the 100 some year Olympic void when he won this summer. Virginia Wade helped the Brits by winning three slams, and set the nation off in glee by winning the women's singles at Wimbledon in 1977. Murray should get a parade for his Herculean efforts.
After winning the first set and going up 4-0 in the second, Murray had his typical lapse. When Djokovic won the next two sets, it seemed that he couldn't break his curse of just being talented, ala Anna Kournikova.
Murray said that he was most improved in his fitness. The proof was in the fifth set as Djokovic was getting treatment for cramps, Murray had enough left to get in some key second serves and persist in some long rallies.
Besides the improvement in cardio this year, Murray has made great strides in his mental wherewithal. The big addition to the Murray team this year was Ivan Lendl as coach, noted for his concentration and mental fortitude as a player. The chemistry definitely has worked this year where Murray became only the 7th player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of all four Slams. Now, Murray can add US Open men's winner to his resume, and the British tabloids have to find someone else to pick on.