“Tennis Tuesday” Andy Murray finals wins major

My son Wilson and I were pulling hard for Andy yesterday. Here are the results:

Andy Murray [l] with Sir Sean Connery

11 September 2012 Last updated at 11:22 GMT

‘Andy Murray can be a legend like Fred Perry’ says Tim Henman

The waiting is over and Britain has a male Grand Slam singles champion for the first time in 76-years following Andy Murray’s stunning US Open victory over Novak Djokovic.

Murray’s victory has provoked praise from celebrity fans to politicians.

Prime Minister David Cameron has had his say while proud Scots Sir Sean Connery and Sir Alex Ferguson have also been quick to chip in.

Here, BBC Sport looks at the reaction to 25-year-old Murray’s success, from his past and present coach to his home town of Dunblane.

THE COACH

Ivan Lendl: “Hopefully, we’re not anywhere near where Andy can get. I didn’t come here to have a good time – I came here to help Andy win. He did, so it’s job done.

Ivan Lendl

“Andy has been maturing very nicely as a player, as a competitor, as a person. As you mature you become more comfortable in these situations.

“Of course, it’s very important to be in more of these situations and the more of them you are in the more comfortable you feel.”

THE FORMER COACH

Miles Maclagan, who worked with Murray between 2007-2010: ” [Murray is] in uncharted territory and he could go one of two ways. Either he’ll absolutely fly for a while and win everything in sight, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see a bit of a lull.

“You reach a lifetime goal, something you’ve strived for your whole life and you’ve now got it and you have to take a bit of time to think I’ve got to set some new goals, readjust myself and build up some determination for that.”

THE CELEBRITY FANS

Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery, who was at the Arthur Ashe Stadium tells BBC Sport: “I always felt he had everything and now it’s really come to fruition. I met him for the first time a couple of days ago, and it’s great for Scotland.

“We’ve had a really great landslide victory, and stop saying he’s British – he’s Scottish for Christ’s sake. I have to go now because the champion is waiting.”

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was at the Arthur Ashe Stadium tells BBC Sport: “I’m really proud for the boy. When he really needed to he showed it. That was a real test of a champion for me.

Sir Alex Ferguson

“It was a privilege [to be at the match]. I love tennis, I love watching tennis and to be involved was a really special moment. It was more nerve racking than a Premier League match. I’m usually in control of my own situation, but I wasn’t in control tonight.”

American actor and director Kevin Spacey, who was at the Arthur Ashe Stradium tells BBC Sport: “I don’t think I have ever wanted something more for someone. For all of us who either live in Britain, like I do, or from Britain, the place must be going nuts.

“It is so well deserved. I met him for the first time last week and tonight is one of the matches I will never forget. There’s a time for sporting greats – and this is Andy’s time.”

THE FORMER PLAYERS

Former British number one Tim Henman: “Can he go on and be a legend like Fred Perry? Yes, I think so. I definitely see him going on to win more. How many he can win only time will tell. The confidence of the Olympics and this will give him so much confidence.

“I said the first one [Grand Slam] would be the hardest but I think it will be the first of many, I really do.”

Former British number one Andrew Castle: “What we are finally seeing is a man rather than a boy. So many have come and gone over the years, so many of us have had a crack at it and have done our best.

“But this scrawny boy who came along in 2004-05 was always talented. For me it was at Wimbledon when he grabbed the microphone off Sue Barker – I don’t think Sue liked that much – and said after a wonderful loss ‘This is going to be difficult, but I’m going to say a few words’.

“I thought that was to his credit. People have questioned him and to see him come through, it was exhilarating to watch.”

THE POLITICIANS

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Andy Murray “When I realised I had won I was obviously a bit shocked”

Prime Minister David Cameron on Twitter: “Delighted Andy Murray is continuing a golden summer of sport by winning the US Open. A truly great victory.” 

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond: “Congratulations to Andy Murray on what was a fantastic performance. This is another brilliant win over Novak Djokovic and continues an amazing year for Andy.

“Now Olympic and US Open champion, Andy truly is a Scottish sporting legend and I’m certain that more Grand Slam titles will follow.” 

Dunblane Conservative councillor Callum Campbell: “The word proud just doesn’t do it any justice. The people of Dunblane have been supporting Andy and his brother Jamie since they were young boys and Andy has repaid their loyalty ten times over.

“A lot of young people who live in Dunblane look up to Andy. He’s a local hero.”

THE FORMER SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST

Andy Murray in numbers

294 – the number of minutes it took him to win the US Open final

24 – singles career titles

5 – Grand Slam finals he has reached

3 – the age he took up tennis

22 – the number of Grand Slam matches he has won in 2012

Roberto Forzoni, who has worked with Andy Murray: “Ivan [Lendl] has been terrific. That calming influence, and just his [Murray’s] work rate, determination, his grit to go again and again after each disappointment.

“If you look at his record over the last four or five years it has got better and better. Andy’s been in more finals and semi-finals, and it was only a matter of time.”

THE COMMENTATOR

BBC Sport’s Jonathan Overend on teetotal Murray: “He might even go out for a drink tonight, the night is still young. Murray was in a state of confusion [after winning].

“Obviously he was delighted but there were just so many things going round in his mind on how to react, how he is feeling, hopes for the future. We thought it would never happen, we feared it would never happen because of the quality of opposition he continues to face.”

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