2012 U.S. Open Results: Andy Murray Wins His First Major

Andy Murray won a five-set marathon over Novak Djokovic on Monday night to claim the U.S. Open title.

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U.S. Open 2012 Results: Andy Murray Tops Novak Djokovic For 1st Major Win

Andy Murray won his first major championship in five tries on Monday night, defeating No. 2 Novak Djokovic, 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, in New York for the U.S. Open title.

Just over a month after claiming the Olympic gold medal in front of his British countrymen at Wimbledon, Murray continued his breakthrough rise with the five-set, four-hour-and-53-minute marathon victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Before the win, Murray had previously lost to Roger Federer three times and Djokovic once in major championships.

Murray started with a two-set lead -- sets that combined to take almost two-and-a-half hours -- and won the first game of the third set, as well. Just as it felt like Murray was on his way, Djokovic took over. The Serbian won four break points in sets three and four, while Murray won zero. The momentum continued in Djokovic's favor in the fourth set as he hit 83% of his first serves in, while Murray struggled to hit 45% of his.

With frustration and possible defeat apparent in Murray's body language, he turned it around to claim the first three games of the final set. Djokovic did win the next two games, but leg cramps helped end his bid for a comeback.

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Serena Williams Could Become First Over-30 U.S. Open Champ In 25 Years

Serena Williams is back with a vengeance in 2012. The U.S. Open final against Victoria Azarenka will likely add another trophy to her already more-than-impressive season.

The tennis great is enjoying a banner year at the age of 31, and she's already 5-0 in the five finals she's made this year in singles play. Given her recent run to win the 2012 Wimbledon title as well as a gold medal performance at the London Olympics, Williams is the overwhelming favorite to defeat Azarenka and continue her streak.

"She's not unbeatable. No one is unbeatable. Anyone can lose. But if she plays well, she's the best in the world," Sara Errani, the tournament's No. 10 seed said. "It's stressful against her. She puts a lot of pressure on you. You need to play quickly. You don't have even a tiny chance to control a point the way you would want to."

If she can win, Williams will become the first U.S. Open champion over the age of 30 in 25 years, since Martina Navratilova did it in 1987. The good news for Williams is that she's already red hot and she's also defeated Azarenka in three head-to-head match-ups this season. A fourth will further immortalize a woman who already stood above the rest.

Stay with this StoryStream for more U.S. Open coverage and head over to SB Nation's tennis hub for more news from the tournament. To keep up with the live scores, head over to the official website.

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