Finally, Britain?s Andy Murray fulfilled what his talent revealed some years ago. | By Jide Alaka
The challenge on serve by Andy Murray on the last game to go 30-0 up showed the extent to which the Scot had grown over the last two months. Maturity in shot selection finally went with the talent that he had exhibited since he won the US Open Junior tournament in 2004.
After the gold medal in London four weeks ago, Andy Murray finally answered the call to greatness when he beat Novak Djokovic in an epic five-setter in the final of the US Open on Monday evening in Florida. Murray helped end more than 70 years of toil for any English man to win a Grand Slam tournament. And his new coach, Ivan Lendl, who rarely smiles showed just some teeth as his ward won his first slam.
The match fulfilled all expectations just as the women?s final did on Sunday and those that stayed up to watch history will still be licking their lips at the extraordinary spectacle that played out on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court in five hours in a match that ended 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6 and 6-2.
After the loss to Roger Federer in the 2012 Wimbledon final, Murray said he was getting closer to the top three in terms of mental preparation and finally the ghosts of Fred Perry can rest as Murray joined the exclusive club of Grand Slam winners on September 11, 2012.
And to put his competitiveness into proper perspective, the Scottish tennis player was born with a bipartite patella, where the kneecap is two separate bones instead of one, refusing to fuse together in early childhood. And Djokovic congratulated Murray by saying ?he absolutely deserved it?, and that is high praise from a terrific competitor.
So do not scoff at any of the headlines in British media today as the Brits have produced a good sporting summer ? from hosting a terrific Olympic Games to Murray pulling off a Grand Slam win.
We have definitely witnessed a London summer!
Jide, formerly a professional footballer, is now a sports writer.