It was a tough way to end a 30-match Masters win streak but that’s what happened to Novak Djokovic as his run came to an yesterday to rival Andy Murray 64, 46, 63 in a 3-hour marathon Canadian Open final.
“You never like losing, but any streak comes to an end,” said Djokovic who hadn’t lost in a Masters since the Shanghai semifinals. “I’m fine, I lost to a better player today. I lost to Andy, who I know very well.”
Djokovic, who just 66% and 48% on first and second serve, respectively, credited his poor serving day and a great serving day for Murray.
“I thought what made the difference was his serve and my serve,” said Djokovic who was broken four times and had just 5 aces to 2 double faults. “I didn’t serve well the first set and a half. After, I just wasn’t able to serve.
“But not taking anything away from him, from his victory. He deserved it. He stepped in, played some great shots. Most of all the moments when he needed to, he served very, very well.”
Djokovic had won eight straight against Murray since 2013 Wimbledon and 10 consecutively on hardcourts. He still leads his childhood rival 19-9 overall.
Despite the loss, Djokovic remains in good spirits as this tries to win his first Cincinnati title.
“But it was a great week all in all for me,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect obviously coming in, first hard court tournament. I know people always expect me to do well, but I try to be modest with my expectations and just kind of see how each day goes. When I reflect on the week, of course it’s positive. I’m playing better as the tournament progressed, and hopefully I can continue in the same style in Cincinnati.”
Djokovic is a 4-time runner-up in Cincinnati. He’ll play the winner Gilles Muller and Benoit Paire Tuesday night or Wednesday.
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