Andy Murray broke his hoodoo against defending Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic in spectacular style tonight (early morning in the UK) as he moved into the semi finals of the Toronto Masters event, the Rogers Cup and a meeting with the Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal and soon to be likely world number 1.
Murray headed into the match with a 4 out of 4 losses record to Djokovic and only managed to win 10 games in the last three meeting, so the chances of Murray progressing seemed slim, but the world number 9 answered his critics and stepped up to the plate to record a memorable victory winning the match 6-3 7-6 (7-3)
Murray asserted his dominance from the start and a faultless first 3 games seen him rush into a 3-0 lead and it seemed that finally Murray had broken his Djokovic’s Hoodoo. Murray secured the first set 6-3 and quickly broke Djokovic early in the second set.
The serve of Andy Murray still remains his weakness and Djokovic immediately broke back and with previous history between these two players, the signs did not look good as Djokovic started to hold serve more comfortably and Murray struggle on his – A Murray collapse looked possible and his mind could have wondered.
But that doesn’t happen that much now, especially when it comes to playing the top players, Murray remained focused on the task, kept his talking to a minimum and looked to break Djokovic again.
Break him again he did to take a 4-3 lead, but the world number 3 Serbian would not lie down and broke Murray straight back to level at 4-4. Djokovic would hold serve again forcing Murray to serve to stay in the match, Murray would face set points as Djokovic carved out another break point opportunity.
Andy Murray would not lie down and he closed the door on Djokovic and forced the tie break. The young Scot dominated the breaker and rushed into 6-1 lead. Djokovic would save the first two match points, but not the third.
Murray had finally beaten the Serb and perhaps made that move from top 10 player to top 5 player that many critics have said he couldn’t do. After the match Andy said,
It is a huge win for me, especially mentally, He has beaten me comfortably a few times in the last year or so. So to win against him in straight sets, especially when he came back really well in the second set, was very pleasing.