British tennis star, Andy Murray recorded his first grand slam victory against Roger Federer, a 17-time major winner, Friday.
Murray, reigning U.S. Open champion beat his “nightmare” 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 to set up a final day showdown with top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
Though Federer outpaced Murray at stages of the match, the 25-year-old Brit appeared to have the legs and stamina to give him the advantage over the 31-year-old Federer in the fifth set, including a service break to clinch the tense match.
An obviously elated Murray after the match said:
“It’s always tough against him, when he plays in Slams is when he plays his best tennis,” Murray said. “When his back was against the wall at 6-5 and I was serving, he came up with some unbelievable shots. I just had to keep fighting.”
“It’s big. I never beat Roger in a Slam before. It definitely will help with the confidence,” Murray said. “Just knowing you can win against those guys in big matches definitely helps.”
Murray recorded his first-ever Grand Slam title victory while Federer failed to advance beyond the quarters at Flushing Waters for the first time since 2003.