The 2012 edition of the US Open came to an end on Monday after three weeks of delays, retirements and upsets. It ended when Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in five sets, 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, to claim his first grand slam title in his fifth final. Djokovic and Murray did justice to the final by battling out the old fashioned way. It was a five set classic that lasted nearly five hours. Murray is the first player from his nation to win a grand slam title after Fred Perry who did it way back in 1936. He emulated his coach, Ivan Lendl, who also won his first grand slam title in his fifth attempt.
The men’s draw had it’s own share of pleasant surprises and shocks from Murray’s win to Federer’s quarterfinal defeat and Andy Roddick’s retirement. Post his first round match, Roddick announced that the US Open would be his last tournament. After his fourth round loss to Juan Martin Del Potro, Roddick bid a teary farewell to an impressive career that lasted over fourteen years. He was the last American to win the US Open way back in 2003.
In the women’s draw, Serena Williams reinstated her dominance by getting the better of world number one Victoria Azarenka to claim her fourth US Open title and fifteenth grand slam title. The scoreboard read 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Serena lost only one set during the entire tournament. The women’s draw also witnessed the retirement of a notable player. Kim Clijsters announced her retirement from professional tennis following her loss to Laura Robson in the second round.