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US Open: Andy Murray became a major player with 2012 US Open success

Over a decade since Andy Murray won the US Open, we look back at the Scot's first major title and how it spearheaded him to become one of Britain's greatest ever sports stars.

Never one to do it the easy way, Murray was put to the test at Flushing Meadows in 2012 but managed to battle his way to the title in NYC and get that first Grand Slam title under his belt.

A strong start built momentum

Murray came out of the blocks strongly in New York as he cruised through his first two rounds with straight-set wins.

Aleksandr Bogomolov could not handle Murray's game in the opening round and was on the wrong end of a 6-2 6-4 6-1 scoreline.

Croatia's Ivan Dodig did not fare much better in the second round, as Murray showed his class to win 6-2 6-1 6-3.

Those opening wins will have certainly boosted Murray's confidence on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows, as he went in search of that elusive first Grand Slam title.

Sterner tests to come

Murray's first major battle on the journey to the final came in the third round, as it took four sets to see off Feleciano Lopez of Spain.

In a lengthy contest, Murray managed to win the key battles in the first two sets to eventually come out on top 7-6 7-6 4-6 7-6. 

It was an encounter that ebbed and flowed but the man from Dunblane kept his nerve to win the key points to claim the victory and set up a fourth-round tie with Canada's Milos Raonic.

Raonic was four years younger than Murray but was part of a group of players looking to compete with the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the very top of the game.

The Canadian would go on to reach the final of Wimbledon in 2016 and has made the latter stages of a number of Grand Slam events over the years.

However, his journey at the 2012 US Open was to be brought to an end in the fourth round, with Murray winning the contest in straight sets, 6-4 6-4 6-2.

Cilic and Berdych both fall

In what was to be a tough route to the final, Murray was able to build on his early wins to see off Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.

Cilic was a tough opponent on the hard surface and would indeed go on to win the US Open himself in 2014.

However, Murray proved to be too strong in their quarter-final, with the Scot winning 3-7 7-6 6-2 6-0.

Fresh from beating Federer in his quarter-final, Tomas Berdych would be Murray's next opponent in the semi-finals.

Berdych could not build on his performance against the great Federer and in the end, it was Murray who triumphed 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6.

Djokovic was now waiting in the final…

Murray gets monkey off his back

Having lost to Djokovic in two Australian Open finals, Murray would be forgiven for having doubts ahead of his US Open showdown with the Serbian star.

After winning the first two sets 7-6 7-5, Murray's character would be put even further to the test as Djokovic came storming back into the contest to win the following two sets 6-2 6-3.

Into the fifth set and it was Murray who stood up to the pressure to claim the decider 6-2 to the jubilation of British tennis fans.

Murray had truly announced himself on the world stage and had ended the wait for a British Grand Slam winner.

It was a remarkable achievement for the Glasgow-born player, who none could claim had an easy route to claiming his first major title.

Beating Djokovic in the final would have been extra sweet for a player who had, and would go on to have more Australian Open final heartbreak at the hands of the Serb.

Djokovic is 11/10 to win the US Open this year, with Murray out at 150/1 to claim the title at Flushing Meadows for a second time. 

Wimbledon glory to follow

On the back of winning the US Open in 2012, Murray would go on to win his first Wimbledon title the following year.

Once again it was Djokovic he would meet in the final at SW19 and this time Murray was the one to be crowned Wimbledon champion.

The British number one would then claim the Wimbledon title again three years later in 2016, this time beating Raonic in the showpiece event at the All England Club.

Those final wins at Wimbledon will rank as Murray's favourites but they might not have happened were it not for the events of the US Open in 2012.

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