Before the final match, Murray had an eight-match losing streak against Djokovic. And he had a 7-1 career edge when matches against Murray went to a deciding set. In the late semi-final, Nishikori appeared to be worn out in the second set as Murray won 12 of the final 13 points.
And the Scotsman, who moves to second in the ATP rankings on Monday, revealed the news from his French mentor, the only woman to coach a major men’s player who gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday morning.
BRITAIN’S Andy Murray warmed up for this month’s US Open by dispatching world No1 Novak Djokovic during a brutal encounter in the final of the Rogers Cup last night. “I lost to Andy, who I know very well”. I wasn’t able to. I’ve played Murray many, many times before on this particular surface. “I mean, I like to come at the net when I have easy volley, not a tough volley”.
Bencic has now won 21 of her past 25 matches and, in addition to defeating Halep, also beat world number one Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard and Sabine Lisicki. “I’ll keep working hard and try to get that one spot higher”. “I don’t think I’m so good at speeches yet”, said Bencic. Djokovic said he was annoyed during his match against Chardy by the smell of marijuana smoke coming from the stands. Chardy said, “Every time I play against him, I have a lot of problems”. He stepped in, played some great shots.
He broke his opponent in the second game to burst to a 3-0 lead and then hung on for his third title on the Canadian hardcourts, and first since 2010.
“My coach, Amélie Mauresmo, is back home”, Murray said after the game.
The seventh game of the third set lasted 20 minutes, going on to deuce 10 times. Two of them were set up when Murray doublefaulted, but he proved stronger in the rallies.
Novak Djokovic later cited a pain in his right elbow, which he said hampered his serves in the match. “I have to thank my team and especially Amelie – this one is for her”. I would say the margins were so fine… ‘I don’t give as much thought to that as everyone else. It’s not exactly loads to pick from there.
The British player began well, breaking Djokovic in the first set but felt the pressure of playing against the world’s best player, who quickly levelled at 4-4.