Andy murrayAndy Murray, England’s No 1 and World No 4, produced some scintillating array of shots to lift the Rogers Masters Cup , an ATP World Masters Series 1000 event, at Toronto, beating the great Roger Federer in straight sets 7-5 7-5 in an exhilarating match of tennis. This is Murray’s first victory against Federer in a final, though he has an overall positive record (7 wins in 12) against the Swiss ace. With the win, Murray won his first title of 2010 and in process, successfully defended the title, which he also won last year.

Both Murray and Federer have had a below average year, where they have struggled to realize their potential. Though they met in the final of first major of the year in Australian Open, which Federer won, both tapered off through the year. Murray, who was ranked as high as No 2 at the same time last year, is ranked No 4 due to his lackluster performances (no title) after the Australian Open. On the other hand, Roger Federer needs no introduction, does he? A record 16 Grand Slam titles, 4 ATP World Tour Finals, 16 ATP World Masters Series 1000 titles, career Grand Slam (winner at all 4 Grand Slams at least once), World No 1 for world record 237 consecutive weeks and 285 weeks overall (just 1 behind Sampras), 23 consecutive semi-final or better performance in Grand Slams from 2004 Wimbledon to 2010 Australian Open, 10 consecutive Grand Slam Finals and even an Olympic Gold Medals in doubles at 2008 Olympic Games, Roger Federer has dominated Men’s Tennis over the past 6-7 years. His all court versatile, fluid almost effortless playing style was summarized by legend Jimmy Connors as follows:

“In an era of specialists, you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist…or you’re Roger Federer.”

Looking at those staggering stats of Federer, there is no wonder that expectations are sky high when he steps on to the court. But, he has had a very difficult 2010, where he dropped to World No 3 in rankings (back at No 2 after reaching final at Rogers Cup), first time in nearly 7 years, could not make the semis at French Open and Wimbledon (after a streak of 23 consecutive semi-final appearances in Grand Slams), and failed to win any more titles.

The very fact that these two men reached the finals of this prestigious event and played some glorious tennis augurs well for them going into the final slam of the year U.S Open, starting 30th August.

For all those thinking why this tournament is prestigious and very important, it is one of the 9 ATP Masters Series 1000 event held every year. These 9 events are the most prestigious after the 4 Grand Slams and the ATP World Tour Finals, which are held at year end. The Winner gets 2000 Ranking Points in Grand Slams, 1500 Ranking Points in ATP World Tour Finals and 1000 Ranking Points in ATP World Masters Series 1000 events. There is going to be one more ATP World Masters Series 1000 event at Cincinnati, which begins today itself, before the U.S Open.

Coming back to Andy Murray, he has always been known to be a future star, but somehow yet not been able to win a Grand Slam, often criticized of playing subdued, not aggressively enough against the top guys in crunch matches. Well, Murray played a truly aggressive brand of tennis en route to this title, inflicting Nadal (World No 1) a crushing 6-3, 6-4 defeat, his only second loss since March, before getting the better of Federer. With Cincinnati next and U.S Open to follow, Murray looks in good shape to break his Grand Slam jinx. Murray’s speech after lifting the trophy tells just that:

“It’s been one of the best weeks of my life, so thank you very much for the support the last few days. It’s the first time I’ve managed to win against Roger in a final and I’m hoping I get another chance in a few weeks at the US Open.”

Watch out for Andy Murray in the years to come. And never write off Federer as he tries to fight back to the top of the Rankings and add few more Grand Slam trophies to his overcrowded cabinet.

It is sure going to be one hell of a fight at the U.S Open. Do not miss the action and if in case you do, you can always visit us for all the updates.

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  1. raju gupta
    August 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    very well written.
    really surprising to see that the US is conspicuous by its absence in the top 10 rankings.
    I believe Fedex still has enough force in him to regain the Numero Uno slot.
    My all time favourite has been Agassi. What stylish and decent player he is.

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