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11/09/2012 09:39, Report by Mark Froggatt

Murray win thrills boss

Sir Alex Ferguson has congratulated Andy Murray after his fellow Scot ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a Grand Slam men's singles title with victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

The Manchester United manager was an animated spectator at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, where Murray defeated the world number one to emulate Fred Perry's 1936 achievement, winning 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in an epic four hours and 54 minutes.

“I'm really proud for the boy after the hard work and his progress,” Sir Alex told BBC Sport. “He's really a top player and when he really needed to show it, he showed it.

“That was a real test of a champion for me. It was a privilege [to be at the match]. I love tennis, I love watching tennis and to be involved tonight was a really special moment.

“It was more nerve wracking than a Premier League match. I'm usually in control of my own situation but I wasn't in control tonight.”

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