Montreal Final: Andy Murray Beats Novak Djokovic To Lift Rogers Cup
Andy Murray cited fatigue after bowing out to an unseeded player in the second round of Washington Open.
At Montreal, the Briton on Sunday appeared in supreme form in the Rogers Cup Final, ending his eight-match losing streak against reigning World No 1 Novak Djokovic.
Murray defeated Djokovic 6-4 4-6 6-3 in three hours, registering his first win over the top-seeded Serb since 2013.
Tennis followers across Great Britain got something to cheer ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season, The U.S. Open, which is scheduled to kick off on August 31.
The Scot dominated from the base-line throughout the finals to notch up his 11th Masters title.
Murray is now on the verge of overtaking Roger Federer to seal the second place in the new ATP rankings to be released on Monday. For the first time since 2013, the Briton will be making into the top two.
Coming back to Sunday’s final, Murray broke Djokovic’s serve in the second game of the decider and then held on to his serve to lead 3-0 and established control over his top-seed rival.
Djokovic was chasing his 25th title and bounced back to give Murray a run for his money in the pivotal 5th game of the decider that lasted for 18 minutes. 28-year-old Murray had to save two break points to restore his break advantage to lead 4-1.
In an absorbing thriller, both high-quality players displayed exquisite shots but the Briton dominated over his rival by enforcing 17 break points versus the famous Djokovic serve.
The Scot dedicated this victory to his coach Amelie Mauresmo. Mauresmo has given birth to a baby boy on Sunday.
“I’m not sure she will have stayed up to watch this one but, Amelie, this one’s for you,” said Murray, who won career title no. 35. Murray also reduced Djokovic’s lead in face-offs to 19-9.
The World’s No 1 cited his pain in the right elbow, which limited his serving variety. Djokovic though hailed Murray’s brilliance.
“Not taking anything away from him, from his victory,” Djokovic said. “He deserved it.
“He stepped in, played some great shots. Most of all the moments when he needed to, he served very, very well. That one game when I had I think four, five opportunities to break back, he just came up always with big serves, so I couldn’t do much. But it was a great week all in all for me.”