By Maud Watson
He had to wait an extra day for it, but on Monday night, Andy Murray got the monkey off his back and did what no other British man had done since Fred Perry back in 1936 – he won a major singles title. A lot of things went right for the Scot that fortnight. Nadal withdrew, Berdych took care of Federer, he got one more day’s rest than Djokovic, but most importantly of all, his game was firing on all cylinders. This was particularly important in the latter rounds of the tournament as the blustery winds made for tricky conditions. He handled those conditions better than Berdych, and he certainly coped better than Djokovic in the championship match. After a finals appearance at Wimbledon and gold-winning performance in the Olympics, Murray’s victory in New York made for the perfect way to cap off his summer. His US Open run puts him at No. 3 in the rankings, firmly cementing his place in what can now truly be called “The Big Four.”
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