The Scottish 23-year-old triumphed after many delays because of rain at the Rexall Centre. His victory brought him $ 443,500, while Switzerland has grown to $ 222,000.
“It’s always nice to win a tournament,” Murray said. This is the first time I beat Roger and Rafa in a single tournament, which is much more pleasant. And I have not lost inning against one or the other – so it’s good for my confidence for the coming weeks. ”
It was the first confrontation between the two men since January 31, when Federer won their matches in straight sets at the Australian Open to earn a 16th Grand Slam title – more than any other player in tennis history .
Andre Agassi was the last person to defend his title successfully in the Canadian tournament, in 1995.
“I feel fine,” Murray said. Every time you win a tournament, you’re obviously incredibly happy. You’re relieved, especially after a game like today where you lead when interrupted by the rain, allowing him to return in force. ”
Rain delayed the start of the meeting 15 minutes, and when the game was finally put into motion, Murray, Federer seemed to drive the stadium even before the seats of the spectators are dried. The defending champion of the tournament has quickly broke the service of Switzerland, then relapsed to take a 3-0 lead before the mark of 10 minutes is taken.
Federer had arrived in Toronto with the hope of finding his form of yesteryear, six weeks after playing his last match – a defeat in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
He had caused a first gesture in the right direction by requiring the help of a coach (American Paul Annacone). He then said he “would love to win Wimbledon 10 others, five other Roland Garros, a gold medal in London, a Davis Cup and, in short, what you want”.
After being limited to two points in the first two games on Sunday, Federer came from behind and sounded the charge in the first inning. He scrambled equal to 5-5 with a double fault from Murray, but was broken in turn and had to concede the first set in Columbia.
Murray was in the service after Federer had taken a 2-1 lead in the second set when rain played its part. The players are back under their umbrella, then headed to the locker room for another break – this time 45 minutes.
Murray then held serve and tied the second set 2-2, but the referee has again asked both men to retreat under their umbrella.
A storm swept across the stage at the stroke of 16h, forcing the runners to return to the locker room. The game resumed at 17h, with Murray serving. The latter now had a 3-2 lead in the second inning.
Federer seemed to find its energy while scattered clouds in the sky, but could not elucidate the service of Britain – particularly when it reaches peak of 220 km / h.
Murray broke Federer to take the lead 6-5 and served for the match. This duel of titans finally ended when Federer sent his return out of bounds after a series of sensational forehand from Murray.
“I think he played well, admitted Federer. He does not give me much and has served in key moments at the end. He deserves the victory.”