After losing in the final of the 2010 Farmer’s Classic to Sam Querey, Andy Murray defended his Roger’s Cup title by beating former world No. 1 Roger Federer in the final match Sunday. The tournament held in Toronto, Canada is considered one of the warm up tournaments for the US Open. The most trusted online sportsbooks have already set odds for the next Grand Slam.
After waiting through several rain delays, Murray became the first man to become back-to-back champion since Andre Aggasi. A 7-5, 7-5 straight sets victory was enough to retain his title. He also defeated Rafael Nadal, the man who knocked him out of his hometown tournament at Wimbledon.
“Winning a tournament is always great,” Murray said. “This is the first time I’ve beat Roger and Rafa in the same tournament, which is probably the most pleasing thing. And I didn’t drop a set against either of them — so it’s good for the confidence for the next few weeks.”
Federer and Murray last met on the hard courts at the 2010 Australian Open, where the Swiss international beat the Scot 3-6, 4-6, 6-7, (11-13). That win gave Federer his record 16th Grand Slam singles title, and Murray is aspiring to win his first at the US Open. Both players have been set among the favorites at the tournament by offshore sportsbooks.
Murray participated in one final before the 2010 Australian Open. He was defeated by Federer at the 2008 US Open in straight sets. Quickly upping his game on the hardcourt, Murray is looking forward to this year’s tournament held annually in New York City.
“I thought he played well,” Federer said. “He wasn’t giving me much and he clutch-served at the very end when he had to. He deserved the victory.”
The weather delayed the start of the contest by about 15 minutes before Murray started handling the serve of Federer. Murray broke him twice in the first 10 minutes after they delay, and fans hardly had time to dry their seats. Federer broke back to tie the match at 5-5, but he subsequently lost his serve before Murray served out the first set.
Another rain delay stalled the match for 45 minutes in the second set. Murray held his serve to tie the match at 2-2 before the chair umpire called them back to their seats. Because of the delay, Federer couldn’t mentally get back into the match, allowing Murray to take the match 2-0 in sets.
“The rain delays completely kind of shut it down for me to get any kind of rhythm,” Federer said. “It was played at a couple of points here and there. It didn’t even feel like the end of the match, you know? All of the sudden, it was all over.”
Both Murray and Federer are looking to win the 2010 US Open that begins August 30. Tennis sportsbooks have set Federer as a higher favorite than Murray at +250, while his counterpart is just under at +300.