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Murray beat Federer to defend Rogers Cup
| Updated at: 1619 PST, Monday, August 16, 2010|
TORONTO: Scotsman Andy Murray showed steely nerve to shatter a career finals jinx against Roger Federer, defeating the stylish Swiss 7-5, 7-5 Sunday to defend his title at the ATP Toronto Masters.
Murray, who remains fourth on the ATP rankings while Federer moves back to second behind Rafael Nadal, had lost to Federer during prior trophy bids in 2005 at Bangkok, the 2008 US Open and last January's Australian Open final.
Murray, 7-5 in the life-time series with the 16-time grand slam champion, is the first since Andre Agassi in 1995 to win back-to-back ATP Toronto titles. He is also only the fifth player to beat both Federer and Nadal in the same event.
The title is a good omen heading into Cincinnati next week for the last major tuneup before the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam event, begins in New York on August 30.
Federer, like Murray, owns just one title for the season.
The final began slightly late as drops of rain fell as the pair walked out onto court. That was only the start of what turned into an ordeal lasting just over two hours on court but plagued by a cumulative two hours of interruptions.
Murray won the first set, with the pair three complete games into the second when the first major delay occurred.
After nearly an hour, they came back out, Murray breaking in the fifth game and finally going through for the win on a second match point.
While Murray was celebrating, Federer was plotting strategy for next week after advising that his provisional coach, Paul Annacone, would not be present at Cincinnati.
Federer will instead work next week with regular Swiss advisor Severin Luthi, failing to elaborate on the current state of his one-week collaboration with Annacone which was to have - and still could - run through the US Open.
Murray won his 30th match of the season against 11 losses and now owns 15 career titles.