Andy Murray produced some of the best tennis of his career to continue his fine 2015 form and beat Novak Djokovic in a thrilling Rogers Cup final in Montreal on Sunday, 6-4 4-6 6-3.
In doing so, the Scot claimed second place in the ATP rankings list, and finally beat the world number one for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2013.
Prior to Murray's win in Montreal he had lost four times to the Serb in 2015, including the Australian Open final and French Open semi-final, so this will be a huge boost to his hopes of regaining the US Open, which starts on August 31.
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In a match lasting just under three hours, Murray produced some fine attacking strokes to go with the baseline defence he is noted for to claim a fourth title of the year.
Some of the 20-plus stroke rallies were great entertainment and showed why both players are at the top of their game.
After two tense and tight sets, the British No1 broke in the second game of the final set and then held serve to gain a 3-0 advantage before saving seven break points in an epic 18-minute fifth game to go 4-1 ahead.
Djokovic, always a fighter, then amazingly saw off three match points at 5-2 before Murray finally served to clinch the trophy for the third time, to the delight of his coaching team and travelling fans.
Murray dedicated his victory to his absent French coach Amelie Mauresmo, who gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday.
"I'm not sure she will have stayed up to watch this one but, Amelie, this one's for you," said the champion, after a gracious loser's speech in French from the multi-lingual Djokovic.
On this form, Murray should stand a great chance of adding to his 2012 US Open win and two Grand Slams, and ending what has been a great year for him, both on and off the court, in style.
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