Andy Murray’s Toronto Magic: Toppling Roger Federer to Secure Title

Andy Murray secured his Canada Masters crown over Roger Federer in 2010

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray reached the semi-final of the Masters 1000 event in Toronto 2010, proving their ongoing dominance. Andy Murray went all the way to clinch his 15th ATP title and the fifth at the Masters 1000 level, beating Rafael Nadal in the semis and Roger Federer in the title match.

Thus, Andy became a rare player who defeated Roger and Rafa at the same event and the first who defended the Canada Open since Andre Agassi in 1995. It took work to settle into a rhythm in the rain-interrupted final. Still, Andy emerged as a winner following a 7-5, 7-5 triumph over Roger in two hours and five minutes.

The Briton claimed his seventh victory over the Swiss in 12 encounters, the first since Indian Wells 2009. Andy struggled to find the first serve, and Roger could not take advantage of that. He created four break chances and stole the rival’s serve three times.Instead of building on that, Federer struggled behind the initial shot, dropping over 40% of the points and playing against ten break chances.

He got broken five times after spraying almost 30 unforced errors, ending on the losing side and missing a chance of winning the third Toronto crown after 2004 and 2006. Andy had 24 winners and 24 unforced errors. At the same time, Roger stood on a negative 20-31 ratio, unable to impose his shots and take advantage in the shortest rallies.

Murray got off to a perfect start, breaking in the encounter’s first game after forcing Federer’s error and holding at 15 with a service winner in the next one. Roger was yet to hit the zone, giving his serve away again in game three following a backhand error to send his rival 3-0 up.

Andy Murray beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5 in the 2010 Toronto final.
The Swiss started to climb back in game four after breaking the Briton at love.

Roger fired a service winner in the next one to move closer to his opponent. A forehand winner pushed Murray 4-2 in front before Federer reduced the deficit, hoping for more chances on the return. They did not come in game eight, as Andy held after Roger’s backhand error, leaving the Swiss to serve to stay in the opener.

Federer held at 30 to reduce the deficit to 5-4 and grabbed that desired break a few minutes later after Murray’s costly double fault while serving for the set. Instead of building on that, Roger squandered a game point at 5-5 and sprayed a forehand error to gift another break to Andy.

The Briton did everything right this time, forcing Federer’s backhand mistake to clinch the set 7-5 in 47 minutes and gain a boost. The rain started causing trouble at the beginning of the second set. Roger suffered from the lack of rhythm before Andy, spraying a forehand error in game five to find himself a set and a break down.

They had to go off the court for almost an hour. Federer pulled the break back in game six when they returned to level the score at 3-3 and gain a boost.A forehand winner sent Roger 4-3 ahead before Andy made a good hold with a service winner to keep himself on the positive side.

Federer stayed focused and closed the ninth game with a forehand drive volley winner. Still, Murray was not to be denied, bringing the tenth game home with an unreturned serve and preparing himself for the pivotal game of the entire encounter.

Roger collapsed under pressure in game 11, and Andy broke him with a volley winner after a well-constructed attack that allowed him to serve for the title. Federer had a chance to prolong the set and the match. However, he missed a clean forehand that could have given him two break chances in game 12.

Still, he earned the last possibility to reach the tie break, but Murray denied it with an ace. The Briton fired another strong serve for a match point, squandering it when his drop shot refused to pass the net. Andy’s second championship point was the lucky one, celebrating his first ATP title since Valencia 2009.

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