9/11/12 4:32 PM | Johan Lindahl
Andy Murray could only feel relief after putting to rest the decades-old British tennis hoodoo, becoming the first from the nation since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a Grand Slam title.
Murray finally broke through in his fifth final at a major, defeating defending champ Novak Djokovic 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 at the US Open.
"You're in a little bit of disbelief because when I have been in that position many times before and not won, you do think 'is it ever going to happen?' Then when it finally does, you very, very excited," said the 25-year-old, who admitted he shed a few quiet tears of joy on court after the marathon lasting four hours 54 minutes. "Mainly you are relieved to have got over that, that last hurdle."
The Scot will move up to third in the world in the ATP rankings behind Roger Federer and Djokovic, leaving Rafael Nadal fourth.
Murray, who has been close so many times, said he felt the nerves at the end. "I know when I was serving for the match, there's a sense of how big a moment that is in British tennis history really.
"That obviously adds to it. I know more than most British players. I have been asked about it many times when I got close to winning Grand Slams before."
The London Games gold medalist added, "It's great to have finally done it. I hope it takes away the notion that British tennis players choke or don't win or it's not a good sport."
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