Relief is the best word to describe how Andy Murray felt Sunday afternoon.
The Scotsman ended a two-year, eight-match losing streak to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win was the 35th title of Murray’s career and gives him a huge boost for his chances at the U.S. Open in a few weeks.
Winning the first set was vital for Murray, who lost the last eight matches to Djokovic after dropping the opening frame. At first, the world No. 3 showcased the dominant form he had all week in Montreal, racing out to a 4-1 lead with quality serving and deep, accurate hitting. Although Djokovic erased the lead with his competitive spirit to level the set at 4-4, Murray regrouped and took the last two games of the set. But a poor opening game in set No. 2 plagued Murray, who was broken at love by the Serbian superstar. Murray was able to get the break back in the sixth game, but Djokovic was too steady in the middle set and promptly broke his longtime rival at 15 to regain control.
He dedicated the victory to his coach Amelie Mauresmo, who gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday.
“I’m not sure she will have stayed up to watch this one but, Amelie, this one’s for you,” said Murray, who won his 35th career title.