Even the best tennis players can sometimes lose their focus and failed miserably when least expected. Djokovic is comfortably leading the ATP standings and he has a significant advantage over the pack, but this didn’t matter at all over the weekend.
He advanced with relative ease to the final stages of the Canadian Masters and was on the verge of adding yet another trophy to his impressive collection.
Andy Murray from Scotland was the other finalists and those who took a glance at the head to head record realize why he started as overwhelming underdog. He has lost nine games in a row and even though she occasionally managed to claim once said, the victory was never quite close. In the previous encounters, the Serbian player wrapped up the decisive set quickly and denied his opponent the chance to take even one game.
The final started fast and furious, with Murray taking the lead early on and he never allowed his opponent to claw his way back into the set. Fatigue seemed to be a big problem at the beginning of the second set and Andy lost several games in a row, eventually losing the set by 4-6. Bookmakers quickly reacted to this turn of events and the odds suggested the fact that Djokovic would once again win the final by making short work of the final set.
It didn’t take long for Andy to make the first break and drama started a couple of minutes later when he had to save no fewer than seven breakpoints. Novak was unable to handle the stellar first serve of the Scotsman and time after time he found himself tied for the lead.
Things advance in a relatively linear fashion as Murray eventually held on to his break and won the tournament, despite the fact that he squandered multiple championship points.
This match means a great deal ahead of the U.S. Open which will start at the end of the month and Murray has his morale boosted. It’s been a while since he managed to defeat the world number one but if he manages to keep up this tempo, he should be dismissed as a big underdog when the American tournament starts.
Meanwhile, there is one last chance for players to hone their skills and gear up for the final grand slam series, as action resumes in Cincinnati.