Murray beats Federer to regain title

Eurosport - Sun, 15 Aug 22:59:00 2010

Andy Murray came through a rain-affected final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto to beat Roger Federer 7-5 7-5 and defend his title.

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Federer had made electrifying starts to his two previous matches in the Masters tournament, against Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych, but this time it was Murray who set the agenda.

After just three games the Scot had a double-break advantage and the former world number one looked short of ideas to counter Murray's charge.

Federer rallied, however, and over the course of the set clawed both breaks back with a mix of wonderful strokes and hard graft to level at 5-5.

A tie-break seemed likely but once Murray eked out an advantage on the Federer serve with an outrageous lob from the net he completed his third break of serve and held it to take the set 7-5.

Both players had their moments as the second set went with serve before a sequence of rain delays spoiled an intriguing contest.

The players went off briefly before resuming for just two games. Murray won them both and when the rain fell once more he left the court with a set and a break ahead.

After an hour's delay Federer played his best tennis of the match, breaking Murray immediately and edging ahead with authoritative forehands and commanding serves.

At 5-5 in the second set the Swiss looked to have begun his service game with an ace, but Murray challenged correctly. Pouncing on the second serve the Scot did not look back, sealing another break.

And he served out to defend the title he won last year, and in the process inflict straight sets defeats on Federer and Rafael Nadal in the space of two days.

Mark Patterson / Eurosport

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