Andy Murray ended a long drought against Novak Djokovic when he beat the Serbian 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday.
And the Scotsman, who moves to second in the ATP rankings on Monday, revealed afterwards that his French mentor Amelie Mauesmo, the only woman to coach a major men’s player, had given birth to a baby boy hours before the final.
Britain’s number one was not about to be unsettled, however, as he came back with another break of his own in the sixth to tie proceedings at 3-3.
Assistant Jonas Bjorkman was in the stands in Mauresmo’s place as their charge won his fourth title of a resurgent 2015.
He now won 11 Masters 1,000 titles and 35 over all and denied Djokovic the chance of a 25th Masters trophy.
Many felt that Murray’s poor recent record against Djokovic was becoming a psychological burden for him.
It was a tough way to end a 30-match Masters win streak but that’s what happened to Novak Djokovic as his run came to an yesterday to rival Andy Murray 64, 46, 63 in a 3-hour marathon Canadian Open final.
Murray took and built upon the early break from Djokovic. Chardy, who needed three hours and three tiebreaks to get past John Isner in the quarter-finals, got the match off to a shaky start when he handed Djokovic a break, with the help of a couple of double faults, to open the match.
Murray needed to play his best game against the Serb, who was nursing a painful right shoulder, and who was able to square the match but was unable to take it away from Murray. This was the case at Wimbledon where he played unbelievably well to knock out Murray in straight-sets but despite still playing at a very high standard he was outlasted by Djokovic in the final. ‘I don’t give as much thought to that as everyone else.
“Andy is deservedly a victor today on the court”.
“I just did some tests”. They were good. They were positive.
“I need to make sure I recover well from this and get ready and hopefully play a good tournament in Cincinnati”. A lot of people lost belief in me. He’s the best player in the world, but his tendency to use certain tricks and tactics during matches that have nothing to do with tennis haven’t disappeared.