Andy Murray was pleased with the way he stayed calm at crucial points in the final set as he edged to a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory against the world number one Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.
It was the perfect warm-up for the Scot’s US Open campaign and the victory ensures he leapfrogs Roger Federer and moves to number two in the world rankings.
Murray’s victory against this year’s Wimbledon and Australian Open champion means he also becomes the latest player to secure his spot at the ATP World Tour Finals.
It was his 35th tour-level crown and his third triumph at the Rogers Cup, following his successes in the tournament in 2009 and 2010.
“To win this one was nice, especially the way the match went as well,” Murray said. “It would have been easy for me to let that one slip away. But I fought well and stayed calm in the important moments of the third set.
“I think I did come up and play aggressively when I needed to, especially in the third set when I was break points down.”
It was only Djokovic’s fourth defeat of the year and Murray’s first triumph against the Serb since the 2013 Wimbledon final. Djokovic has now won 19 of his 29 contests against Murray.
“Andy is deservedly a winner on the court,” said Djokovic afterwards. “I thought what made the difference was his serve and my serve.”
Meanwhile, John Isner is 1.60 to beat Sam Querrey at this week’s Cincinnati Masters and Richard Gasquet is 1.53 to get the better of Nick Kyrgios.