• Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic, US Open final

Murray victory is 'job done' says Lendl

ESPN staff
September 11, 2012
Andy Murray becomes Britain's first male grand slam champion in 76 years © PA Photos

Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl has called on the newly crowned US Open champion to build on his first grand slam victory and has pinpointed his Australian Open semi-final defeat as the catalyst to his historic success.

Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set final in New York to become the first British man to win a grand slam in 76 years.

Like Murray, Lendl had lost his first four grand slam finals, before collecting eight titles, and believes the Scot is capable of going on to win multiple titles himself.

"Hopefully, we're not anywhere near where Andy can get," said the 52-year-old. "I didn't come here to have a good time - I came here to help Andy win. He did, so it's job done.

"One of his most important matches of the year, maybe the most important, was his loss to Novak at the Australian Open, because that was war just like tonight. That gave him the belief that he can hang with these guys and it showed him what it would take to win.

"It didn't catch him by surprise. Go back to the Olympics - he has already won a big one. He won two big ones in this fantastic year.

I'm very happy for Andy. It's a great achievement and let's hope he can continue and rake up more. "

British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith, Murray's first professional coach, believes Murray's London 2012 gold medal, beating Roger Federer in the final at Wimbledon, gave him the lift he needed to land his first major.

"I'm so pleased for Andy, because knowing him you see how much work he's put in, not just this year but over the years," Smith said. "He's really worked so hard, physically and mentally to get his game to this level.

"Ever since he won the Olympics he has walked around with a lot more confidence. After winning yesterday it's going to do even more so now. For a great summer of British tennis this is the icing on the cake."

Djokovic, who fought back from two sets down to take the match to a deciding set, was quick to offer his congratulations to Murray on his long-overdue first grand slam.

"I had a great opponent today, he deserved to win this grand slam more than anybody. Over the years he's been a top player, he's been so close, lost four finals. I would like to congratulate him.

"It's a privilege to be a part of this era," added the Serb. "The four of us [Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Rafael Nadal] get to the later stages of every single grand slam. Andy winning tonight makes it more interesting and more competitive and more interesting for people to watch."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in New York for the final, admitted that nerves got the better of him as his fellow Scot took the long road to the title.

"I'm really proud for the boy," said Ferguson, who met Murray when he, actor Sean Connery and Murray's mother Judy gatecrashed a press conference earlier in the tournament.

"The hard work and his progress, he's a really top player. When he really needed to he showed it. That was a real test of a champion for me.

"It was a privilege [to be at the match]. I love tennis, I love watching tennis and to be involved tonight was a really special moment.

"It was more nerve racking than a Premier League match. I'm usually in control of my own situation but I wasn't in control tonight!"

Prime Minister David Cameron took to Twitter to hail Murray's win. "Delighted Andy Murray is continuing a golden summer of sport by winning the US Open. A truly great victory."

Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, added: "Congratulations to Andy Murray on what was a fantastic performance. Now Olympic and US Open champion, Andy truly is a Scottish sporting legend and I'm certain that more grand slam titles will follow."

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