No­vak Djokovic & Andy Mur­ray to clash for Mon­treal Masters ti­tle

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Andy Mur­ray will re­place Roger Fed­erer as No. 2 in the world after de­feat­ing Ja­pan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-0 on Satur­day to reach the fi­nal of the Mon­treal Masters.

The Scot will Mon­day move into sec­ond on the ATP Tour’s rank­ing list be­hind long­time num­ber one No­vak Djokovic, his Sun­day fi­nals op­po­nent on the Cana­dian hard­courts.

Mur­ray will line up against Djokovic after the top seed de­feated France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4 in the other semi­fi­nal.

“It’s nice to get back es­pe­cially after ev­ery­thing I went through last year with the (hip) surgery and drop­ping out of the top 10,” Mur­ray said. “A lot of ques­tions were be­ing asked about how my game was phys­i­cally.

“It’s good to get back close to the top. I’ll keep work­ing hard and try to get that one spot higher.”

Beat­ing Djokovic in Sun­day’s fi­nal would be a huge step to­wards that goal.

Djokovic, with three Cana­dian ti­tles al­ready to hand, ad­vanced in 80 min­utes to win his 10th match against Chardy with­out a loss in their ca­reer se­ries.

Djokovic said he was an­noyed dur­ing his match against Chardy by the smell of mar­i­juana smoke com­ing from the stands.

“You can’t be­lieve how bad it was. I think it stopped after a while. Who­ever it was ... he was prob­a­bly on the sev­enth sky some­where,” said the Serb.

Mur­ray, the 2009 and 2010 Cana­dian cham­pion, preyed upon a tapped-out Nishikori who may have run out of puff after win­ning a latenight match 24 hours ear­lier.

“It def­i­nitely wasn’t a good day for my body,” said Nishikori who beat Rafael Nadal in the quar­ters. “I had a lot of matches be­fore com­ing here, so it wasn’t easy to play to­day.

“But I’m happy with my good week.”

Mur­ray reached the fi­nal in a lit­tle more than an hour as he ran down every shot and left his Ja­panese op­po­nent search­ing an­swers.

Djokovic has dom­i­nated Mur­ray over the years, win­ning 19 of 27 matches, in­clud­ing the last eight.

“Andy has been some­body that has been around for so many years. He knows how to play in the big stage and in the big matches.

“I know what I need to do, and that’s play­ing my best in or­der to win. So I need to get my­self ready,” said Djokovic.

Djokovic will be bid­ding for a sev­enth ti­tle this sea­son and a fifth at the Masters 1000 level after win­ning four of the first five in 2015.

He said he is go­ing to have to raise his game an­other notch to beat Mur­ray.

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AP

Andy Mur­ray, of the United King­dom, serves to Kei Nishikori, of Ja­pan, dur­ing the semi­fi­nals at the Rogers Cup ten­nis tour­na­ment in Mon­treal, Satur­day, Aug. 15.

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