In the final of the 2015 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, Montreal tennis fans had the chance to see the top two tournament seeds compete for supremacy for the first time since 1995, as Andy Murray went on to claim his third Canadian title.
Facing uphill battles from the start, the Brit went three sets against his early round opponents, Tommy Robredo and Gilles Muller, but soon found his groove and raised his game as the week went on. He overpowered Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in identical sets (6-4, 6-4) in the quarter-finals and outplayed fourth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan in the semis, dropping only three games in the match.
In the final, Murray had a chance at revenge against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Murray had been enjoying a solid year in 2015, adding three new titles to his trophy case, but his rival had had a near-perfect run, prevailing at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, as well as at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Andy had already lost to Nole four times during the season, but he wasn’t about to let it happen again.
Capitalizing on his earliest chance to break, Murray took the first set 6-4. Djokovic retaliated by securing the first eight points of the second set and eventually evened the match by taking the second by a score of 6-4. In the third, Murray’s strong service game gave him a 3-0 lead that he retained until the very end to take the title 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Murray thus hoisted his third Rogers Cup trophy—his second in Montreal. Only four other players have three-peated here at this tournament: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl, who also holds the record with six Canadian crowns.
With the win, Murray regained the world no. 2 ranking for the first time in two years but it would take him another year to reach the very top. Will he still be No .1 when he arrives in Montreal or will his rivals have caught up to him?