Both players were keen to lay down a marker ahead of the US Open, which begins later this month, and that was evident during fierce early sparring, but first blood went to Murray.
The 28-year-old broke in the second game of the deciding set and held to establish a 3-0 lead before saving seven break points in a pivotal 18-minute fifth game to maintain his break advantage at 4-1.
The Britain number one claimed his fourth title of the year after trouncing Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a thrilling contest that lasted over three hours.
The 36-year-old coach of Andy Murray gave birth to her first child, a boy, on Sunday (16 August) before Murray went on to win the final of the Montreal Masters over world number one Novak Djokovic. “Practice has been going well and I’m very happy with how I’m feeling”.
“Andy is deservedly a victor today on the court”.
This is the Swiss teenager’s second career title which is sure to propel her to rank No. 12 when the new WTA rankings come out.
It isn’t the first time that Djokovic has been affected by marijuana smoke.
“Someone is smoking weed, I can smell it, I’m getting dizzy”, the World No. 1 reported to the chair umpire in an exchange picked up by television broadcast cameras. “I didn’t allow Jeremy to find his forehand too much; one break per set was enough to win the match, could have done some things better but a win is a win“, said Djokovic, who did not face a break point the entire match. He deserved it. He stepped in, played some great shots.
“But he still has to get past Federer and Djokovic and to do that he’ll need to be at his very best”. “Probably me and my tennis are the last thing on her mind just now, which is totally understandable”.
Djokovic, the champion in 2007, 2011 and 2012, lost for only the fourth time in 56 matches this year and the Serb failed in his bid to tie the ATP Tour record for consecutive Masters 1000 event titles at five.
“We just saw a picture of her and the baby this morning when we got up”, he said.