And in doing so, he became the first British man to win a major in 76 years.
But while his victory resonated loud and clear in the wee hours of Tuesday morning across the British Isles, it rang loudest in his native Scotland.
A pair of fellow countrymen bearing the distinction Murray could soon earn himself — “Sir” — were on hand to witness Murray’s five-set classic against Novak Djokovic. Sean Connery and Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who crashed Murray’s post-match press conference after his semifinal win over Tomas Berdych, both enjoyed the show.
And after the match, Connery took the opportunity to remind everyone precisely where he and the newest U.S. Open champion are from.
Connery: “Stop saying he’s British: He’s Scottish. I’ve been fighting that for 40-odd yrs. I have to go now b/c the champion is waiting.”— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) September 11, 2012
He also did a lot of this.
When Murray returns to his hometown of Dunblane, he will surely receive a hero’s welcome. The Provost Councillor of nearby Stirling will make sure of it.
“The whole community will want to congratulate Andy on his first Grand Slam title, and on the glorious, warrior-like way he won it,” Mike Robbins told the BBC. “He’s proved himself an outstanding athlete and a man of true grit, and we’d love to offer him Freedom of the City of Stirling as a lasting mark of our thanks, our support and our respect.”
For his post-match celebration in the Big Apple, Murray and his 30-person entourage hit up Hakkasan on West 43rd for zesty martinis and seafood. The total drink tab? $1,289.60, according to the Murray-autographed bill the London Evening Standard posted. But Murray, after laboring on court all night long only had a lemon soda.