Andy Murray was relieved to be able to finally secure a win versus Novak Djokovic to clinch Rogers Cup yesterday.
In the previous eight meetings between the two players, Djokovic had beaten Murray every time. To avenge all those loses, Murray could perhaps not have chosen too many better occasions than this. Not only did he break the jinx, but, also sent a statement to his rivals ahead of making his way to Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic had pretty much won everything this season and thus, coming into this final, there was hardly anyone who was not putting his money on him. Murray’s head to head record against him was also making him the clear favourite. But, the Serb was not quite in his groove from the start.
After losing the first set though, he came back, but, was off the mark again in the decider and ended up failing to add to his three titles that he had won in Montreal in the past. As far as Murray is concerned, this was the 35th time that he managed to win a singles title on the professional tour. Now, he is certain to go past Roger Federer and get to no. 2 in the world rankings.
Speaking in the presentation ceremony post the match, Murray said, “It’s really fascinating what a great leveller sport is. A few days ago, it was a little bit low for me after that opening round exit and now, here I am sitting in front of you as Rogers Cup winner. So, you never know what’s going to happen and thus, you are better off taking things as they come.”
Murray, who had won the US Open in 2012, will be a serious contender again this time around after this performance.