Andy Murray dedicated his Montreal Masters victory over Novak Djokovic Sunday to his coach Amelie Mauresmo, after the Frenchwoman became a mother for the first time.
“Beating Djokovic in Sunday’s final would be a huge step towards that goal”.
The 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory was hard-fought on a very hot afternoon.
He won $685,200 while claiming the Rogers Cup for a third time after hoisting the trophy in 2009 and 2010.
“Andy, who is an all-around player, very complete, has been somebody that has been around for so many years”. I wasn’t able to. I’m going to be obviously motivated to win the title. She had, in the semi-finals, outplayed world number one Serena Williams.
The third set had some thrilling moments with Murray dominating and Djokovic putting up a good defense, though not good enough to prevent Murray from pulling ahead 3-0.
Bencic, 18, beat four of the top five seeds, including the top-ranked Williams in the semifinals Saturday night.
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts while playing Andy Murray, of Great Britain, during the men’s final at the Rogers … ‘I don’t give as much thought to that as everyone else.
For Djokovic, who had his share of issues this week, especially with his elbow, it was a tough go after about a set and a half.
“I just did some tests”.
“Not taking anything away from him, from his victory”. “He stepped in, played some great shots”.
It was not all easy for the two-time major victor, though, Djokovic providing stern resistance in saving three match points – and having break points for the chance to go back on serve. 28-year-old Murray had to save two break points to restore his break advantage to lead 4-1. Djokovic told reporters that he hoped that whoever the culprit was would not be back for the finals match. Two of them were set up when Murray doublefaulted, but he proved stronger in the rallies. Murray had been winless against the Serb worldwide for more than two years but he prevailed after 2 hours and 58 minutes. “I’m fine, you know”, Djokovic said. “I would say the margins were so fine”. It’s not exactly loads to pick from there. “I lost to a better player today”.
It’s was the second time that Djokovic complained a spectator was enjoying a sly reefer on court, after sniffing it out during his and Janko Tipsarevic’s doubles loss to Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
As both players continued to hold serve, the Serbian World No. 1 faced pressure in his service game as he trailed 2-5, fending off 3 match points, looking to deny the Scot the match right there.