Tennis: Murray defies Federer, rain for second Toronto title



TORONTO- Britain's Andy Murray became the first man since Andre Agassi in 1995 to win back-to-back ATP Toronto Masters titles, defeating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5, after withstanding multiple rain delays.
Murray snapped a three-match losing streak against the Swiss, who will return to second spot in the ATP rankings behind Rafael Nadal on Monday.



Tennis: Murray defies Federer, rain for second Toronto title
The Scot also avenged an Australian Open final loss to Federer in January.
"It's so tough closing out a match againt Roger," Murray said. "It was incredibly difficult conditions for both of us."
The final began slightly late as drops of rain fell as the pair walked out onto court. They finally got started with Federer immediately going down two breaks, getting one back for 1-3.
Murray was unable to close out the set six games later as he served for it leading 5-3. Instead, he double-faulted on a break point to put the Swiss back in contention, 5-5.
But Federer again lost serve for 5-6, opening the door for Murray to go through 7-5 after nearly an hour.
Light rain began during the fourth game of the second set, Federer holding a 2-1 lead. The interruption sent the pair off court for 55 minutes.
When they re-emerged, Murray won the only two points played before more rain intervened.
That break lasted a brief five minutes before the Scot got a break for 3-2.
Moments later following discussions at the umpire's chair, the pair came off yet again as skies opened as forecast, with the rain expected to pass within a few hours.
Play finally resumed and Murray took his first title of the season on his second match point after just over two hours of action.
"The rain did not help but going into the dressing room gave me time to think," Murray said. "It was realy tough but I came through in the end."
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Sunday, August 15th 2010
AFP
           


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