Murray beats Federer to win Toronto title

Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:50pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Andy Murray humbled Roger Federer 7-5 7-5 to defend his Toronto Masters title on Sunday, confirming the Briton as one of the favorites for the U.S. Open.

Murray was in imperious form on the Canadian hardcourts, sweeping aside world number one Rafa Nadal and Federer to claim his first tournament victory of the season.

The 23-year-old Scot becomes just the fifth player to beat Nadal and Federer in the same event and becomes the first man to win back-to-back Canadian hardcourt titles since Andre Agassi in 1995.

"Winning a tournament is always great, but it's the first time I beat Roger and Rafa in the same tournament, which is probably the most pleasing thing," Murray told reporters. "And I didn't drop a set against either of them.

"It's very satisfying. I mean, it doesn't happen that often for anyone.

"It's the first time I've done it ... I don't think I've ever beaten Roger in straight sets before.

"It's just good for the confidence, very satisfying, and hopefully I can keep it up."

The match began under threatening skies and just as the players finished posing for pre-match pictures, rain began to fall causing a 15-minute delay to the start.   Continued...

<p>Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their final match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto August 15, 2010. REUTERS/Peter Jones</p>