Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray Defends Toronto Title; TENNIS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murray Defends Toronto Title; TENNIS

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ANDY Murray clinched his first title of 2010 with a magnificent straights-set victory over Roger Federer in the final of the Toronto Masters last night.

The defending champion (pictured left) prevailed 7-5 7-5 after outlasting the former world number one in a match which was severely disrupted by two lengthy rain delays.

When the weather relented it was Murray who forced the issue, his newfound aggressive approach paying dividends against a strangely subdued Federer. The win improves Murray's record against the Swiss ace to seven wins from their 12 meetings and also gives him an element of revenge after he was comprehensively beaten in the final of the Australian Open earlier this year.

It has taken the Scot some time to recover from that Melbourne setback but he has looked back to his best this week in Canada and appears in peak condition as he bids to land his first grand slam crown at the US Open which gets under way two weeks today.

Murray started in electric fashion, carrying over the form which saw him sweep aside Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. …

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