Andy Murray followed up his success at the London Olympics with a nerve-jangling presentation at the US Open. The Briton was reduced to tears when he lost the Wimbledon men's singles final to Roger Federer, but a few weeks later Andy avenged his loss by thrashing the Swiss on Centre Court in an astounding performance.
Fresh from his London Games conquest, the 25-year-old overwhelmed Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the US Open final over five gruelling sets (7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2) to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry in 1936 at the same tournament. The famous win also broke a stranglehold on major titles by Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, who combined to win 29 of the previous 30. Juan Martin Del Potro's 2009 US Open victory was the solitary exception.
Murray's breakthrough came in his 28th Grand Slam event after losing four finals - once to Djokovic in (2011, Australian Open) and thrice to Federer (2008 USO, 2010 AUO, 2012 Wimbledon). However, the Scotsman made it fifth time lucky at a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium where the players had to combat the elements as much as each other. "I proved that I can win the grand slams," Murray said.