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Murray, Jankovic capture titles
Montreal, Aug 17 (Agencies):
Published on 18 Aug. 2009 12:35 AM IST
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Britain's Andy Murray completed a superb week by fighting back to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Montreal Masters. The 22-year-old Scot defeated the world number six from Argentina 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 for his 13th career title, and fourth at the elite Masters level. By reaching the final, Murray had guaranteed that he will move to second in the new world rankings on Monday. He heads to Cincinnati next week to defend the title he won last year. Following that is the US Open where Murray reached last year's final, only to be beaten by world number one Roger Federer. But the British number one has put any thoughts of going one better at Flushing Meadows on the back burner. Despite becoming the first Briton in 128 years to lift the Canadian title, Murray considered breaking the duopoly of Federer and Nadal a bigger achievement, though he clearly enjoyed his success in Canada. "I've won a couple of Masters now, so it still feels great, but the number two - maybe because it's something different - that means maybe a little bit more, but winning a tournament here is still great," he added. Del Potro was playing in his first Masters final and for much of the second set looked like taking the title, but Murray's superior fitness played a huge part as he outlasted the 20-year-old in the hot conditions. Murray swept into a 4-0 lead and, despite losing one of the breaks when a now free-swinging Del Potro connected with a few returns, the new world number two sealed victory with an ace after two hours and 42 minutes. MONTREAL, AUG 17 (PTI): Mahesh Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles continued their rampaging form to lift their fourth ATP title together, beating seventh seeds Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram in straight sets in the finals of $3 million Rogers Cup. The third seeds won 6-4, 6-3 to clinch their first title at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament on Sunday. Bhupathi and Knowles played a solid service game and didn’t face a single break point in the match that lasted one hour 12 minutes. The Indo-Bahamian duo had earned a place in the final by ousting defending champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the semi-finals.

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