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Tennis = love game of God

NEW YORK —

For Andy Murray, and for Britain, this was all rather fitting.

Forced into a fifth set, despite winning the first two, against defending champion Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final.

A record-tying 4 hours, 54 minutes of leg-burning, stomach-roiling, tales-in-themselves points lasting 10, 20, 30, even 55 — yes, 55! — strokes.

And hanging over it all, the knowledge that Murray came up short in four previous Grand Slam title matches, adding to the 76-year, 286-tournament drought since the last major trophy for a British man.

All in all, well worth the wait.

His considerable lead, and chance at history, slipping away, Murray dug deep for stamina and mental strength, shrugging off a comeback bid and outlasting Djokovic 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 on Monday to win the championship at Flushing Meadows.

“Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I’m…

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