Murray beats Federer to take Toronto title

Posted: 16/08/2010 in ATP

Murray tops Federer in rain-soaked Rogers Cup final

TORONTO, ON- AUGUST 15: Andy Murray

Andy Murray successfully defended his Rogers Cup  crown on  Sunday, downing Roger Federer  in straight sets in the final of the $2.43 million ATP Masters event.

The match featured several rain delays in the second set that took some of the energy out of the crowd at Rexall Centre, but Murray outlasted the weather and the Swiss superstar in a 7-5, 7-5 victory.

The  title was Murray’s first on the ATP Tour this season after winning six in 2009.  It also improved his record to 7-5 against Federer and avenged his loss to the 16-time Grand Slam champion in this year’s Australian Open final.

“Winning  a tournament  is always great, but  it’s the first time I beat Roger and  Rafa  in the same tournament,  which is probably the most pleasing thing, and then didn’t drop a set against either of them,” Murray said. “So it’s good for the confidence for the next few weeks.”

Murray,  seeded fourth in  this U.S. Open tuneup, won the first three games of the match with relative ease but lost his second service game at love to quell some  of his  momentum. Ahead 5-4, he  attempted to serve out the set but went down 15-40 and double faulted to put things back on serve.

The  third-seeded Federer fought  off a pair of break points in the next game, but lost the deuce exchange to give Murray the advantage again. This time, the Scot finished the set when Federer was long on a baseline rally with the score 40-15.

The score was 2-1 in favor of Federer in the second set before a rain delay of 55  minutes. Murray held serve when play resumed, but the match was stopped on two  more  occasions, with each player  losing service games upon returning to the court.

It  was  5-5 when Federer errantly  hit several shots  into the net to go down 0-40.  He saved two break chances, but Murray put away an easy volley to go on top, 6-5.

Federer, who was vying for his 63rd career title, had a break chance nullified by  a huge  ace from Murray, who  followed with another right up the middle on the  first point of  the deuce. He wasted his first match point by hitting one into  the net,  but won  the next  two points  to win  his 15th  career crown, celebrating as Federer’s lob went well long.

“It was just a really hard match to go through at the very end,” Federer said. “It was played on a couple points here and there, and it didn’t even feel like the  end of  the match. Just all  of a sudden it  was all over. So it was just kind of a touch disappointing, obviously. But I thought he played well. He was aggressive.”

Murray  only  dropped one set  during the week and  became the first player to win  back-to-back titles in Canada since Andre Agassi in 1994-95. He collected $443,500 with the victory.

“It’s  been one  of the  best weeks  of  my life,”  Murray said  to the  crowd following the win. “Hopefully I can keep it going.”

The  tournament  was highlighted  by a  semifinal that  accounted for the last seven  champions  at this event. Top-seeded  Rafael Nadal had won here in 2005 and  2008,  while Novak  Djokovic titled  in 2007. Federer,  the 2004 and 2006 champ, downed Djokovic on Saturday, while Murray straight-setted Nadal.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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