Andy Murray became the first man in a decade and a half to back up a title in Canada, defeating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5 amid an afternoon of rain delays to win the Toronto Masters on Sunday.
The victory in just over two hours was a breakthrough for the world number four Briton, who had lost finals to the Swiss in Bangkok, 2005, the US Open two years ago and at the Australian Open in January. Andre Agassi was the last to win two in a row in Canada, 1994-1995. Murray becomes only the fifth different player to have beaten both Nadal and Federer in the same event.
"Winning this event is great," said Murray, "but so is beating both Roger and Rafa in the same week. I didn't drop a set against either one of them.”
Murray and Federer played through distractions and a cumulative two hours of rain interruptions spread over two major breaks in the action in the second set.
The Swiss will still move up a notch to second in Monday's rankings behind Rafael Nadal.
Sharapova loses early advantage
Mason, Ohio: Kim Clijsters survived three match points before a rain break then produced a remarkable comeback after the weather cleared to beat Maria Sharapova 2-6 7-6 6-2 and win the Cincinnati Open on Sunday.
Sharapova had three championship points at 5-3 in the second set before rain left her stranded at deuce, two points from victory, and ending up having 74 minutes before play resumed. Clijsters emerged from the break a different player, and cruised in the third set after winning the second set tiebreak from 3-0 down.
Baghdatis opens with win over Cilic
Marcos Baghdatis beat 11th-seeded Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-5 in the first match of the $2.4 million Cincinnati Masters on Sunday night.
The 13th-ranked Cilic committed 22 unforced errors while losing for the first time in three matches against the 20th-ranked Baghdatis, who made just 14 errors. Baghdatis clinched the win with an ace on match point after breaking Cilic to serve for the match.