The Tennis Space’s writers have each chosen their favourite moment from Andy Murray’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final. What was yours?
Simon Cambers: When Ivan Lendl got emotionally involved:
Lendl’s stoic nature has been a source of some amusement for television stations covering Murray matches throughout the year, seemingly the calmest man in the house and never getting excited or upset according to what happened on court. But when Murray found his second wind late in the fourth set and early in the fifth, he actually clapped. It had not happened before during Murray’s matches but Lendl wanted to send him a message, that he was doing the right thing, attacking again and taking the game to Djokovic. Murray loves the fact that Lendl is always calm, an authority figure and a reassurance at the same time. But seeing him get involved and show even a little of his emotion will have told Murray he was doing the right thing. Less is more, where Lendl is concerned, and Murray responded in style.
Alexandra Willis: The Murray reaction:
He had just achieved the one thing that had motivated him since he first picked up a swingball bat in his parents’ garden in Dunblane. He had just ended Britain’s 76-year-long wait for a men’s singles Grand Slam champion. He had just avoided becoming the first man in the professional era to lose five Grand Slam singles finals. And he had just become only the second man not named Federer, Nadal or Djokovic to win a Grand Slam singles
title since 2004.
title since 2004.
But there was no Djokovic-esque shirt-ripping from Andy Murray. No Federer-style falling to his knees. No collapsing flat on his back in the manner of Nadal. Instead, Murray squatted down onto his haunches, his face a picture of disbelief as he struggled to absorb the fact that he is now a Grand Slam singles champion. Too exhausted to even contemplate running over to his box, as he had at the Olympics, instead he shouted up to his team in a panic about where his Rado watch was, and which shoes he should wear for the trophy ceremony. It was a very human moment from a man who had played like a god.
Mark Hodgkinson: Murray’s bathroom break:
The Sun splashed – no pun intended – on Murray’s visit to the Flushing Meadows loos, and it was a great headline: ‘One pee to £100 million’. The most important moment of this final probably happened off court and off camera. It was when Murray, who had led by two sets to love but now found himself facing a fifth, resolved that he would give his all on the resumption, that he would not be leaving the stadium with a head full of regrets and self-recriminations. Murray’s victory was built from years of graft on practice courts, match courts, gyms and Miami tracks, but also there behind the scenes as he gathered his thoughts. Just wait for the urinal to appear on eBay.