Mur­ray wins Mon­treal as coach Mau­resmo gives birth


Bri­tain’s Andy Mur­ray snapped an eight-match los­ing streak against top-ranked ri­val Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Mon­treal Mas­ters only hours af­ter his coach Amelie Mau­resmo gave birth to a baby boy.

The Scots­man, who moves to sec­ond in the ATP rank­ings on Mon­day, re­vealed the news from his French men­tor, the only woman to coach a ma­jor men s player. Mur­ray ded­i­cated the win to Mau­resmo, and said he and his team saw a pic­ture of mother and child. "I would imag­ine she s quite tired. Prob­a­bly me and my ten­nis are the last thing on her mind just now, which is to­tally un­der­stand­able. But, glad she s OK and ev­ery­thing went well," Mur­ray said.

With as­sis­tant Jonas Bjorkman watch­ing from the player box, Mur­ray turned in a fight­ing per­for­mance over three hours to fi­nally beat Djokovic for the first time in more than two years, the first time since he won the 2013 Wim­ble­don fi­nal over the Ser­bian. "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."

Mur­ray and the world num­ber one took an hour per set to set­tle their score in Que­bec as Mur­ray com­pleted a Cana­dian ti­tle hat-trick af­ter tro­phies in 2009 and 2010. "You never like los­ing, but any streak comes to an end," said Djokovic, who said he re­ceived treat­ment this week on a right el­bow nig­gle which has been both­er­ing him re­cently. "I just did some tests. They were good. They were pos­i­tive. I hope for the best."

Mur­ray now owns 11 Mas­ters 1000 ti­tles and 35 over all. He de­nied Djokovic the chance at a 25th Mas­ters tro­phy. "I lost to a bet­ter player to­day. I lost to Andy, who I know very well. I did fight till the last point and did try my best.

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