Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Eve Ensler: 'In The Body Of The World'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Ed Husain, Author of 'The Islamist'

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put to the test

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put to the test (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Pakistan: Imran Khan, from the cricket field to politics

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Is Carla Bruni against a political comeback for Sarkozy?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'iVIOLATED'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

France's Iliad considers fresh offer for T-Mobile

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Back to school!

Read more

  • NATO plans new 'spearhead' force to counter Russia

    Read more

  • French clubs left behind as others spend big

    Read more

  • Arab media strike back at IS Islamists – with cartoons

    Read more

  • US military targets Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group

    Read more

  • Boko Haram Islamists seize northeast Nigerian town

    Read more

  • Is Carla Bruni against a political comeback for Sarkozy?

    Read more

  • Monaco’s Falcao leaves Ligue 1 for Man Utd

    Read more

  • UN backs Iraqi request for inquiry into IS militant crimes

    Read more

  • French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

    Read more

  • Obama calls for higher wages amid 'revving' US economy

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine’s children return to school as fighting rages on

    Read more

  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Read more

  • US urges Israel to reverse West Bank land seizure

    Read more

  • Lesotho PM calls for regional peacekeeping force after ‘coup’

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

    Read more

  • Teddy Riner, France’s unstoppable judo champion

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces free Amerli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

    Read more

  • French police arrest hungry hedgehog hunters

    Read more

Sport

Brilliant Murray sees off Federer to retain Toronto title

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-16

Britain's Andy Murray sealed back-to-back wins over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the weekend to retain his title at the Toronto Masters and get his hard-court season off to a promising start.

REUTERS - Andy Murray arrived in Canada without a coach and a title this season and left on Sunday as a major contender for the U.S. Open after a stunning defence of his Toronto Masters crown.

Murray capped an imperious week on the Canadian hardcourts in style with a clinical 7-5 7-5 win over Roger Federer to become the first back-to-back winner of the event since Andre Agassi in 1995.

Having reached the final in Los Angeles, Murray carried his form into Toronto dropping one set en route to the title.

The Scot ended Argentine David Nalbandian's 11-match winning streak in the quarter-finals then became just the fifth player to beat world number one Rafa Nadal and Federer in the same event.

"It was one of the best weeks I've had," Murray told reporters. "Winning a tournament is always great, but it's the first time I beat Roger and Rafa in the same tournament, which is probably the most pleasing thing.

"And I didn't drop a set against either of them.

"It's very satisfying. I mean, it doesn't happen that often for anyone."

Murray has long favoured hardcourts and all four of his victories in 12 meetings with Spaniard Nadal have come on the surface.

All of his wins over Federer have also come on hardcourts and the victory in Toronto left him with a 7-5 winning record over the Swiss master.

Humbled

The numbers may give Murray hope of ending Britain's long wait for a men's grand slam champion in the lead-up to Flushing Meadows, but the Scot has enjoyed similar strong form in the past only to crash out in the high-stakes matches.

Murray roared into the final of this year's Australian Open only to be humbled in straight sets to Federer, who was also his master in the final of the 2008 U.S. Open.

Murray was optimistic, albeit cautiously so, about his chances at Flushing Meadows.

"I know things can change in a very short space of time but obviously I feel good after this week," said Murray, who split with his long-time coach Miles Maclagan just three weeks ago.

"(The U.S. Open has) always been a tournament I love playing, so hopefully I can do well there ... I want to win (a grand slam) ... I believe I'm good enough to but it's a very, very difficult thing to do.

"It's a tough era but it's also something that is exciting and challenging, and that's why I think if you can do it, it makes it a much, much greater achievement.

 

 

Date created : 2010-08-16

  • TENNIS - TORONTO MASTERS

    Murray stuns Nadal to set up Federer final

    Read more

  • WIMBLEDON

    At Wimbledon, proud Scot is made to atone for England's World Cup failure

    Read more

COMMENT(S)