Wow. Just wow. Still can't believe it happened. First time I've managed to get on here since the match. Usual story - it was an 8am start here so I recorded it while at work then watched when I got home last night and was up until past midnight.
Absolutely amazing. Thought he was gone after the 4th set and expected him to lose the 5th 6-1 or something. On match point I was on my feet and I wanted to jump around the room screaming as loud as I could and go absolutely beserk waking up the whole street. Instead I collapsed in a heap face first on the floor and cried. Andy Murray has now given me tears of joy 3 times in the last few months. Except the Wimbledon semi final and Olympic win were just watery eyes and a couple of tears, this was full on blubbering like a baby. I'm glad the girlfriend had got too tired and went to bed about half an hour earlier as she would not have been able to understand.
In that moment, suddenly it felt like all those years of hope and crushing disappointments were suddenly worth it. Especially for those of us who have been there with him since the beginning. Even the years of growing up with hope and then disappointment supporting Henman felt worth it to finally witness that Grand Slam win. It felt like that day in January 2006 when I went along to day 1 of the Auckland ATP event and sat by the practice court for an hour watching the next great British player practice just to get a chance to meet him while missing the first match on centre court was worth it. I assume it will feel very much the same if Arsenal ever win the league again in my lifetime - that all the years of pain and being laughed at were worth it for that moment. I've posted about my 4 big sporting lifetime dreams before and now number 2 can be crossed off. Technically it was always a British Wimbledon winner, but I think a Grand Slam counts enough!
It was a weird celebration from Murray because there wasn't really a celebration at all. You could literally see 76 years fall off his back. It was total shock, as if he couldn't believe it had happened and expected that any minute he'd be told it was all a mistake and he would have to give the trophy back. I'm not sure he even managed a smile when he was holding up the trophy. When he went over to his box I expected him to climb up and hug everyone and all that like they usually do and like he did at the Olympics. Instead he just wanted to know where his watch was.
I'm really glad it was Djokovic in the final. Logically we would have hoped for Ferrer to win that semi final as surely there's no way Murray would have lost to him. But you just know what would be said if he had won that 1st grand slam without having to play Federer, Nadal or Djokovic. So I really wanted it to be Djokovic for that reason but I'm sure there are still some people saying it somehow doesn't count because he didn't have to face Federer. I'm also going to write to the guy who presents the sports news on NZ's TV1 channel. After some report just before the tournament he said something along the lines of "you wouldn't bet against Federer" to which the other news presenter responded "I think Andy Murray might." His next response was "no, this is real tennis now not that Olympics nonsense." Any excuse for an anti-British comment.