Finally, the wait is over. In his fifth appearance in a major final, Andy Murray broke through with a thrilling 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 win over Novak Djokovic, ending Great Britain's 76-year Grand Slam title drought. The match stretched nearly five hours and included the longest tiebreaker ever in a U.S. Open final, a 22-point exchange that Murray won to seal the opening set. The title caps off a strong summer for the 25-year-old, one that saw Murray reach the final at Wimbledon, win Olympic gold and finally capture his first career Grand Slam title in New York.
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The No. 4 seed was the favorite coming into the U.S. Open after sweeping Wimbledon and the Olympics, and she rolled into the final without dropping set. There she met one of the best hardcourt players of the season in world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, and the two engaged in a battle of aggressive shotmaking and counterpunching that Serena would win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. The win marked Serena's fourth U.S. Open title and 15th overall Grand Slam title.
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The 2011 U.S. Open champ got off to a sluggish start in the final, but he certainly didn't go down without a fight. Djokovic lost the first two sets to Murray and was trailing in the third, but bounced back to take the match the distance to a full five-set affair. For the first time since '03, there has been a different men's champ at each major.
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Azarenka secured her spot atop the rankings by reaching the semifinals, where she survived a high-quality three-setter against Maria Sharapova. In the final, Azarenka pushed Serena around the court and led 5-3 in the final set. But Serena prevailed in the first three-set U.S. Open women's semifinal since 1995. The results of the women's event suggest a move away from the chaotic, wide-open world of the WTA: The champions from the season's first three majors, Azarenka, Sharapova and Serena, were the three Olympic medalists and all made the semis at the Open.
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In a relatively surprising move, Roddick announced on his 30th birthday the U.S. Open would be his final tournament. The 2003 Open champ went on to win two more matches over Bernard Tomic and Fabio Fognini, but ran into big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round. After carrying U.S. men's tennis as a regular in the top 10 for more than a decade, Roddick ends his career as a former No. 1 with 32 singles titles and a match record of 612-213.
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The Spaniard headlined a quarter of the draw thanks to his countryman Rafael Nadal's withdrawal, and he ran with it all the way to the semis, where he met Novak Djokovic. After running ahead to a 5-2 start on Super Saturday, the match was postponed due to severe weather warnings threatening Flushing Meadows. When play resumed on Sunday, Djokovic ran away with the match, winning 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
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With a run to the semifinals, Maria Sharapova ensured she will take over the No. 2 ranking from Agnieszka Radwanska when the tournament concludes. But in the semis, she faced a relentless Victoria Azarenka. The match went the full three sets before the world No. 1 Azarenka prevailed 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Since 2010, Sharapova is an astounding 104-2 when she wins the first set, but she couldn't that going against Azarenka.
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Now back at No. 1, the top seed cruised into the fourth round without dropping a set, dispatching Donald Young, Bjorn Phau and Fernando Verdasco along the way. His scheduled fourth-round opponent, Mardy Fish, withdrew for health reasons, giving Federer a walkover into the quarterfinals. But his bid for a sixth title at Flushing Meadows came to an end as he fell 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych. It is the first time Federer has failed to make the tourney's semifinals since 2003.
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The French Open finalist continued her solid year with a run to the semifinals. In the quarters, she ousted her doubles partner Roberta Vinci in straight sets. But then she ran into Serena Williams in the semis, where she took a 6-1, 6-2 loss. Still, Errani has also reached the doubles final and has already ensured she'll take over the No. 1 doubles ranking on Monday.
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In May, Clijsters announced the U.S. Open would be her final tournament. She entered all three events, losing to Laura Robson in the second round in singles, falling with partner Kristen Flipkens in the first round of doubles and teaming up with Bob Bryan for a second-round showing in mixed. Clijsters ends her career with three titles at the U.S. Open (2005, '09, '10) and a fourth major title at the 2011 Australian Open.
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Juan Martin del Potro
The lanky Argentine meant the end for fan-favorite Andy Roddick's storied career, winning a fourth-round match in four sets. It's not the first time Del Potro has retired a fan-favorite: He beat Marat Safin in the popular Russian's last career match. But del Potro would soon meet his match in the quarterfinals, falling in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
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The highest-ranked American was bounced in the third round by Philipp Kohlschreiber in five sets, making it the fourth Slam of the year where Isner has departed in a full five-set match. Against Kohlschreiber, Isner unraveled in the fifth set after being called for a foot fault, causing him to lash out at the chair ump, smash his racket on a changeover and eventually get slapped with a point penalty. It wraps up a disappointing Slam season for the big-serving American, having failed to make it past the third round in any of the majors.
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Another fan favorite, Hewitt made a respectable run to the third round, where he lost a highly entertaining match to fourth-seeded David Ferrer. Hewitt, champion here in 2001, has battled a series of injuries, the most recent of which a toe injury that required surgery.
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For the second straight year, Stephens lost in the third round of the Open to Ana Ivanovic. Still, she scored a quality win over Francesca Schiavone in the first round and continued to charm fans with her bubbly personality.
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The top seed a year ago, the U.S. Open was a disappointing tournament for Wozniacki, taking a 6-2, 6-2 first-round loss at the hands of Irina-Camelia Begu.
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Venus drew a tough second-round opponent in rising German Angelique Kerber and came up just short in three tight sets. Venus was also in the doubles competition with her younger sister, but lost to Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova in the third round.
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Milos Raonic came up short in his quest for his first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance, falling to Andy Murray in the fourth round. Still, it was a good showing for the young Canadian, who became just the second player in history to record more than 30 aces in multiple matches at the same U.S. Open.
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Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
The second-seeded Bryan brothers are certainly a top contender to win the doubles title. Despite a surprise loss in the first round last year, Bob and Mike have teamed up to win three times ('10, '08, '05). The duo has dropped just one set on their road to the semifinals.
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The youngest player in the top 100, Robson knocked off Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Li Na on her way to the fourth round. There, she was finally beaten by defending champion Sam Stosur. The 18-year-old Brit won a silver medal in London mixed doubles and seems to have a bright future.
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