Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic for the first time in nine meetings on Sunday, his 11th career win over a world No. 1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in approximately three hours, notching victory on his fifth match point at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
It was the third career Canadian Open title for Murray, who will on Monday move to No. 2 in the ATP Rankings behind Djokovic. It was the 35th career title for Murray who also won in Canada in 2009-10.
In the third set the Brit ran out to a 3-0 lead, and serving at 3-1 held after 10 deuces and six break point saves.
“Unbelievable tough battle again,” Murray said courtside after the match. “He obviously fights right down to the last ball. Thankfully I put up some good serves at the right time and was able to get through it.”
For Djokovic, who looked sluggish at times during the week, the loss broke a streak of 12 consecutive Masters-level final wins.
In the women’s final world No. 2 Simona Halep succumbed to heat illness at 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 3-0, retired, as unseeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland completed her dream week for the biggest title of her career.
In the hot and humid conditions in Toronto Bencic completed a week of upsets that included wins over former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic, and in the semifinals world No. 1 Serena Williams.
“Even if I lost today it would’ve been an amazing experience thanks to all of you,” Bencic told the crowd afterwards. “I don’t think I’m so good at speeches yet. But first I want to congratulate Simona on a great week, and my mom, my dad and my team. And my fitness coach — I really needed my fitness today. And also Melanie Molitor, my coach — a big thank you to you too.”
It was the second career title for Bencic after winning Eastbourne on grass in June. She is projected to rise from 20 to No. 12 when the new WTA Rankings are released.
Halep will attempt to recover in time for her start in Cincinnati this coming week where she receives a bye in the first round.
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