You might think a top-ranked player in the world of tennis would have very little to prove, but obviously, Andy Murray doesn’t think so. The world no. 2 beat world no. 1 Novak Djokovic this Sunday at the Rogers Cup final, fighting through all 3 sets to take the match. While he hasn’t slipped out of his standing in the Big Four, as Rafael Nadal has, it had been over 2 years since his last win against Djokovic and after a slightly downward turn in his career.
His victory over the Serb began with Murray clinching the first set 6-4. However, in the second set, Djokovic got the break point for the lead, seeming to make a comeback; Murray lost the set 4-6. Djokovic’s resurgence stopped short in the third, the Scot managing to get ahead, keep the Serb’s breakpoints at bay, and finish the match at 6-3. While the world was still reeling from Serena Williams’ semifinals loss to Belinda Bencic, the rest of us were wondering how Murray beat Djokovic.
The win didn’t just lift Murray’s standing to second, the place previously claimed by Roger Federer, but also boosted his confidence on the court. With the way his season has gone so far, he certainly could use it. The Scot hasn’t been known for his consistency, but if he feels good about his play, then fans should also feel good about his prospects going into the US Open.
Of course, nothing to come is set in stone, and Murray needs to be careful that he doesn’t rely on past wins to keep him going. He certainly should be confident, but his work isn’t done yet. Murray has to keep up what worked for him in Rogers Cup and not slack in training or during matches. Beating Djokovic in a title is one thing, but beating him, or any of the other top players, in the Slam will be entirely different.