The dominant figures on the Tour in the last couple of years, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray reached the semi-final of the Masters 1000 event in Toronto 2010 (only for the second time after Cincinnati 2009) and it was Andy Murray who went all the way to clinch the 15th ATP title and the fifth at the Masters 1000 level, beating Rafael Nadal in the semis and Roger Federer in the title match.
Andy became one of only a few players who defeated Roger and Rafa at the same event and also the first who managed to defend the Canadian Open since Andre Agassi in 1995. It wasn’t easy to settle into a rhythm in the rain-interrupted final but Andy emerged as a winner following a 7-5, 7-5 triumph in two hours and five minutes, claiming the seventh win over Roger in 12 encounters and the first since Indian Wells 2009.
The Briton struggled to find the first serve and Roger couldn’t take advantage of that, creating four break chances and stealing the rival’s serve three times. Instead of building on that, Federer struggled a lot behind the initial shot, dropping more than 40% of the points and having to play against ten break points, giving serve away five times after almost 30 unforced errors to end on the losing side and miss a chance of winning the third crown in Toronto after 2004 and 2006.
Andy had 24 winners and 24 unforced errors and Roger stood on a negative 20-31 ratio, unable to impose his shots and take advantage in the shortest rallies against the rival who played well during the entire week to lift the first title of the season.
Murray made sure to get off to a perfect start, breaking in the very first game of the match after forcing an error from Roger and holding at 15 with a service winner in game two to confirm the lead. Federer was yet to hit the zone, handing serve away once again in game three following a backhand error to send Murray 3-0 up and leave himself with a lot of work to be done in the rest of the set if he wanted to get back into contention.
The Swiss started to climb back in game four after breaking Andy at love, firing a service winner in game five to move closer to the opponent. A forehand winner pushed Murray 4-2 in front but Roger was now the ruler in his games, reducing the deficit and hoping for another chance on the return before the end of the set.
It didn’t come in game eight when Andy held after a backhand error from Federer who was now serving to stay in the opener. He held at 30 to reduce the deficit to 4-5 and grabbed that desired break a few minutes later after a costly double fault from Murray who missed a big opportunity of closing the set.
Roger squandered a game point at 5-5 and sprayed a forehand error to gift another break to Andy who did everything right this time around, forcing a backhand mistake from Federer to clinch the first set 7-5 in 47 minutes.
The rain started to cause troubles at the beginning of the second set and Roger was the first who suffered from the lack of rhythm, spraying a forehand error in game five to find himself a set and a break down, drifting further away from the positive outcome.
They had to go off the court for almost an hour with Andy serving in game six, with Federer pulling the break back when they returned to level the score at 3-3 and gaining a boost to fight until the very last point. A forehand winner sent Roger 4-3 ahead before Murray made a good hold as well, firing a service winner to keep himself on the positive side of the scoreboard and throw the pressure back to Roger’s part of the net.
Federer stayed focused, closing the ninth game with a forehand drive volley winner but Andy was not to be denied, bringing the tenth game home with an unreturned serve and preparing himself for what was to be the pivotal game of the entire encounter.
Roger collapsed under pressure this time and Murray broke with a volley winner after a well-constructed attack that gave him the opportunity to serve for the title in the next game. Federer had a chance to prolong the set and possibly the match but missed a clean forehand that could have given him two break points, earning the one last possibility to reach the tie break.
Andy repelled it with an ace and hit another one to open a match point, squandering it when his drop shot failed to pass the net. The second championship point was the lucky one for Murray who could have started a title celebration, the first since Valencia last year.