By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray’s hopes of reaching back-to-back Masters’ finals were ended by Roger Federer, the 34-year-old Swiss beating him 6-4, 7-6 in the Western & Southern Open semi-finals.

Federer took control early on, his attacking game perfectly suiting the quick conditions in Cincinnati. Murray saved two break points in the first game but Federer kept on the offensive and got the breakthrough he needed at 1-1.

Murray, showing signs of fatigue after a gruelling couple of weeks, was unable to make inroads on Federer’s serve. He held on to the rest of his service games but the early single break was enough for the world number 3 to close out the set.

The world number 2 lifted his game in the second set, often competing on level terms with the...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray dispelled thoughts that he might run out of gas against Richard Gasquet this evening, gutsing out a 4-6 6-1 6-4 quarter-final win in the Western and Southern Open to record his 13th successive Masters victory.

The Scotsman might have been forgiven for folding today following his epic victory last night against Grigor Dimitrov, which saw him battle back from a double break down in each of the final two sets. But it seems that what doesn’t kill Murray only makes him stronger.

On a searingly hot afternoon in Cincinnati, the two quarter-finalists exchanged holds over the first seven games. Then, with the Frenchman serving at 3-4, a pivotal game of seven deuces and three break points ensued.

Murray hit four clean backhand w...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray was taken to the brink of defeat by 16th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Western & Southern Open, eventually overcoming him 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.

In truth this was one that got away for Dimitrov, who was up a double break in the second set, served for the match in the third and had a match point on Murray's serve. But Murray took full advantage of his opponent's doubts, allowing him to pull off what had seemed at times a most unlikely victory.

For much of the match it was the Bulgarian who was playing the better tennis, Murray struggling to find his best form. Dimitrov broke straight away before holding on to close out the first set.

Things didn't improve for Murray and his fans as he sunk to a 1-4 deficit in th...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray went through to the third round of the Western & Southern Open after beating Mardy Fish 6-4, 7-6.

Fish, 33, returned to the tennis tour earlier this year following an 18-month absence due to a heart condition and anxiety disorder. He is set to end his career at the US Open.

Murray was made to work hard for his win, Fish clearly enjoying his time on court and displaying flashes of the form that saw him reach a career-high number 7 ranking in 2011.

The pair exchanged breaks twice in the first set, neither player looking comfortable in the conditions - the earlier stormy weather had worsened the grip on the court surface.

The world number 2 made the crucial breakthrough at 5-4, breaking to take the set after 45 ...
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By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in exactly three hours to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The Brit ended an 8 match losing streak against the Serb to clinch his 35th career title.

Murray started aggressively, punishing Djokovic and surging into a 4-2 lead. A sequence of unforced errors let Djokovic back into the match, but the Brit held his nerve and broke again to take the set.

Djokovic broke at the first time of asking in the second set, partially as a result of some sloppy play from Murray. That single break threatened to become a double break in the Brits next service game, but some brave play averted the danger.

Enlivened by his narrow escape, Murray attacked the Serbs service game with success, earning a break back and levelling the...
By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray dismantled Kei Nishikori to reach the final of the Rogers Cup. In doing so the Brit overtook Roger Federer in the rankings to regain a career best of second in the world. Expectations were high for a tightly fought contest, but after an initial flurry of early breaks Nishikori faded and Murray surged to victory.

Five breaks of serve were exchanged in the first set, with Murray earning the decisive breakthrough in the eighth game. Nishikori was by now struggling with fatigue and the contest was effectively over.

Following match Nishikori said "I think I'm more tired. Everything was sore these couple of days. Today it got a little bit worst so I couldn't really move 100 per cent. Especially after the first set, I was feeling it mo...
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