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Andy Murray ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion with an epic victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

The Scot finally emulated Fred Perry’s 1936 achievement, winning 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 in four hours 54 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Murray – the new world number three – ended Djokovic’s title defence and 27-match hard court winning run at majors.

It caps a fine year for the 25-year-old, who also won Olympic gold.

But this result will arguably have a greater impact on his career and the future of tennis in the United Kingdom.

Murray lost his first four Grand Slam finals – an Open era record he shares with coach Ivan Lendl – but like the Czech he has triumphed at the fifth time of asking.

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