The US Open brings not only hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the state of New York, but also some of the best tennis you will ever see. The battle for who will shine as champion under the bright lights of New York City is one of skill, perseverance, and mentality. Andy Murray has always had the skill, but it is the latter two that finally pushed him over the hump and made him a major champion.
Until this past Monday, Murray had become known for advancing deep into major tournaments only to falter against the world’s best. He has stayed put at his number four ranking in the world because of his consistent success against the lesser feared players, but inability to defeat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer.
Before the 2012 US Open, Andy Murray had reached four other major championship finals. In all four he had lost, winning only one set combined in the four matches. He wasn’t able to elevate his game and remain mentally rigid enough to defeat Roger Federer in three of those finals, or Novak Djokovic in a fourth.
However, fresh off an Olympic gold medal victory in London over Roger Federer, Andy Murray came into the 2012 US Open more confident and poised than ever. After breezing through the first two rounds without losing a set, Murray played a tight four-set match against Feliciano Lopez. Murray wasn’t playing his best match, but instead of getting frustrated and giving the match away with unforced errors, he remained composed and grinded out three tiebreaker victories (7-5, 7-5, 7-4).