ATP Tour – Toronto Masters

Posted on August 17, 2010

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Andy Murray’s grip on the Toronto Masters title remained firm as he successfully defended the title he won in Montreal 12 months ago. He defeated Roger Federer in the final, completing a 7-5 7-5 win after a rain-hit match. It was a sensational week for Murray, who also defeated Rafael Nadal, David Nalbandian, Gael Monfils and Xavier Malisse en route to his first title in 2010. Murray became only the fourth player to beat both Federer and Nadal in the same tournament, and he will be hoping that this is the catalyst for him to become the first British player to win a grand-slam since Fred Perry in 1936.

Murray, who recently sacked long-term coach Miles Maclagan, looked a revitalised player here in Toronto and he now has his eye firmly on success at this year’s US Open – which gets under way at the end of the month. First, he heads to Cincinnati, where he hopes that the excellent form he exhibited this week will continue. “I’ll try to keep it going in Cincinnati but the most important thing is getting ready for the US Open.

“I played five days in a row from Wednesday – all the matches right in the heat of the day so it was good for me physically. The US Open is the main goal but this is a good start” said the world number 4.

Without a full-time coach Murray looks like the shackles are off. He adopted a new, more aggressive approach in Toronto; and it paid dividends as he swept to the title in spectacular fashion. His win against Federer was his seventh win in 12 encounters with the Swiss star and Murray looks sure to be a real contender at the US Open. John McEnroe predicted that Murray’s US Open breakthrough would come in 2011 but British fans will now be a little more optimistic that his prediction can come to fruition a year early.

Murray became the first player since Andre Agassi 15 years ago to retain the Toronto Masters and his performance means that he retains his ranking as the world number 4, despite strong pressure from Robin Soderling. Meanwhile, Roger Federer climbs back above Novak Djokovic into 2nd position. Rafael Nadal remains at world number 1.

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