The top tier of men’s tennis has gotten so deep and so good in the last year and now it’ll have to welcome a new member: Andy Murray.
Murray just defeated the 5-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal in four sets, winning the fourth set on the biggest stage in tennis with a 6-4 victory. He broke Nadal twice, and owned the entire game on his racquet. In the match, he had 65 winners, and 54 errors, compared to the 32 and 40 for Nadal.
Unfortunately, we will not have a Nadal and Federer final for a third consecutive Grand Slam. The good news is Murray is worthy of the men’s finals–this is clearly his breakthrough tournament and he absolutely exhausted Nadal today. He won it; Nadal did not lose this.
At the conclusion of the match, Andy Murray told the New York crowd that the Open is his favorite tournament–not Wimbledon. A large contingent of the European press corps in the media center, which cheered his victory, booed when he said that and one reporter exclaimed, “Disgraceful!”