New World No. 2 Murray Beats Del Potro for Montreal Title
Scotland’s Andy Murray outlasted tired Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7(4), 7-6(3), Sunday in the final of the ATP Masters tournament the Rogers Cup.
Del Potro was seeking his second consecutive title after last week beating Andy Roddick in the Washington final.
It was the fifth title of the year for Murray, who with the win ascends to the world No. 2 ranking for the first time, bumping down Rafael Nadal who has had to sit out much of the 2009 season with knee problems.
“It’s tough thing to do, because Roger and Rafa are the two best maybe of all time,” Murray said after his semifinal win which vaulted him into the No. 2 spot. “So yeah, it’s pretty special to get between them…bar winning a Slam, I’ve done enough to justify being [ranked] two, and you know, getting closer to hopefully one day becoming No. 1, which is one of my goals.”
Del Potro called for the trainer up 6-5 in the second set, after which the match turned. The Argentine, who grew up on clay, was appearing in his first Masters Series final and says he likes hardcourts just fine.
“My game is better in this surface,” Del Potro said. “I can play with my serve, with my forehand. I don’t like to run too much, and I don’t like the low points. So I prefer hardcourt.”
It was the ninth match in 13 days for the fatigued Del Potro.
Murray also became the first Britain to win the Canadian Masters event, and improved to 11-4 against top 10 opponents this year.
India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas beat Max “The Beast” Mirnyi of Belarus and Israeli Andy Ram 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles final.
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