Andy Murray rises to world number three after US Open 2012 win

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Andy Murray has a lot to celebrate about this 2012 season – reaching the Wimbledon final for the first time, winning the Olympic gold medal in men’s singles (including a mixed doubles silver) and winning his first career Grand Slam title at the US Open 2012 championships. As an added bonus, Murray rises to world number three this week, overtaking Rafael Nadal, who was noticeably absent at this year’s competition.

Murray thought that the moment was not going to happen for him, and he pulled a considerable lead in the men’s final against Djokovic. However, he stumbled along the way, losing the next two sets but roared back in the final and deciding seet to finally overcome the defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Murray has finally ended the drought for his home country, becoming the first male player since Fred Perry in 76 years to win a Grand Slam singles title. The score says it all 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.

“Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I’m feeling just now. You do think: Is it ever going to happen?,” Murray said.

Djokovic said that Murray deserves the title.

“He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody,” the Serbian world number two said.

“Novak is so, so strong. He fights until the end in every single match,” Murray said.

“I don’t know how I managed to come through in the end,” he added.

Djokovic stated that he tried all his best but couldn’t pull it off when it matters.

“Well, any loss is a bad loss. There is no question about it. I’m disappointed to lose the match, but in the back of my mind I knew that I gave it all. I really, really tried to fight my way back,” he added.

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