2015 was a phenomenal year for Novak Djokovic, following an early exit in Qatar the world number one only lost in finals for the rest of a rampant season but one player who got the better of him was Andy Murray in Montreal.
It was a fantastic and tense final, I didn’t feel like Novak was quite at it.
It was the first time since 2004 that the men’s Rogers Cup Final would be decided by the top two in men’s tennis.
Murray coming into the match was in good form but hadn’t beaten Djokovic since the 2013 Wimbledon final but that was all about to change.
A bizarre serve and error volley from the world number gifted the first break of serve as Murray led 3-1. Djokovic wasn’t behind for too long as he fought back in the set but serving at 4-5 things went problematic.
A miss-hit backhand whilst facing set point sealed the set 6-4 for Murray.
Murray went a break down immediately being broken to love by the Serb. Murray stayed close in the set but would break again later on and mirrored the 6-4 scoreline.
The firs two sets took just under two hours and set three really lived up to expectations.
The world number one scampered to a drop shot hitting an perfect lob to find the first break point but couldn’t convert.
It was Murray who broke first following a punishing backhand setting him up for a easy volley at the net to take a 2-0 lead.
The fifth game of the third and final set proved a difficult challenge for Murray to come through.
The Brit saved a massive six break points in a game lasting over fifteen minutes with a bit of drama.
Murray did receive a code violation by Fergus Murphy for apparently purposely walking into the camera at the back of the court and not trying to avoid it. Replays immediately showed Murray accidentally bumped into it and apologised to the cameraman on the replay.. bizarre code violation!
It didn’t bother him as he extended his lead to 4-1 and began to relax a little bit.
It was just after the three hour mark a backhand long from the world number one sealed the match as Andy Murray defeated Djokovic for the first time in over two years to win the Masters 1000 in Montreal 6-4 4-6 6-3.