Andy Murray’s debut in the Grand Slam final ended in disappointment in New York as Roger Federer won his fifth straight US Open title that day in 2008.
Federer, who lost his world no -Beat the British no. 1 in an hour and 51 minutes.
Murray had history in his sights after beating world number one Nadal in last night’s semifinals, aiming to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry at the 1936 US National Championships .
It was not to be, however, as Federer, second to Nadal, completed his 34th consecutive win at Flushing Meadows to end a streak of three Grand Slam defeats in 2008.
In front of 23,763 spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Federer also took revenge for a second straight loss to Murray in Dubai six months earlier.
“I had a great tournament, but I think today I faced the best player that has ever played this game,” said Murray on the pitch after the final.
“I had beaten him the last two games and he definitely set the record straight so congratulations to him.”
Murray accepted a check for a million dollars — $750,000 for his second-place finish and a $250,000 bonus for second-place finish at the summer’s US Open Series, which earned him a Masters Series title in Cincinnati and a semifinal in Toronto.
When asked what he learned from the experience of his first Grand Slam final, Murray added: “That I still have to improve if I want to win one of these tournaments.
“I love playing in front of these crowds. I’ve played at Arthur Ashe three times and it’s been the best time of my life.”
Murray won the US Open in 2012 while also clinching the Wimbledon title in 2013 and 2016, in addition to reaching five Australian Open finals and completing one French Open final.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/andy-murray-roger-federer-rafael-nadal-british-new-york-b2162381.html On this day in 2008: Andy Murray loses to Roger Federer in his Grand Slam final debut