At last, Andy Murray has won his first ever men’s singles Grand Slam title after defeating Serbian Novak Djokovic in a thrilling 4 hour 54 minute five set encounter on the final day of the US Open in New York City – concrete jungle where dreams are made of etc, etc. The eternal bridesmaid – defeated in no less than four Grand Slam singles finals, the 2008 US Open, the 2010 Australian Open, the 2011 Australian Open, and 2012 Wimbledon – thrice by Roger Federer and once by Djokovic – ended one of the cruelest and most depressing droughts in modern sport by fighting off a late charge from the Serb to win 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in front of a capacity crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Scot becomes the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 and caps off an emotional 2012 which saw him win Gold at the London Olympics just weeks after he had lost the Wimbledon men’s finals to Roger Federer. That defeat was notable for his heartfelt address to the entire sovereign state of Britain where he declared “I’m getting closer” before choking up and making large swathes of Youtube spontaneously break down at their computer monitors.
He had no idea how right he was.
Here are five songs Andy “The New King of Britain” Murray should be pumping on his iPod right now.
ETTA JAMES – AT LAST
HUNTERS & COLLECTORS – HOLY GRAIL
QUEEN – WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
THE DOORS – BREAK ON THROUGH
SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER – KISS ME
Congratu-fucking-lations Andy Murray!
Photo by Stan Honda for AFP