World number four-ranked Andy Murray won his first ATP World Tour title of the season and defended his Rogers Cup crown Sunday with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Roger Federer in Toronto. On the women's pro side, Belgian fourth seed Kim Clijsters saved three match points just before a 74 min. rain break and rallied to beat Russia's Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the WTA Cincinnati Open final.
In the men's finals frequently interrupted by rain, Murray proved to have the winning edge with his concentration as he ended a title drought dating back to Valencia in November 2009. En route to regaining the Rogers Cup trophy, Murray became the fifth different player to defeat Federer and world number one-ranked Rafael Nadal in the same tournament. Murray defeated Nadal in straight sets in the semifinals on Saturday to record his fifth career win over a world number one-ranked opponent.
The warmup to the match had been interrupted by rain and the showers returned again in the second set. As play resumed, Murray held serve for 2-2 before another few rain delays. While the rain was not heavy enough to force the players off the court, it was enough to disrupt Federer’s rhythm and he dropped his serve in the fifth game with three unforced errors playing a part. Play was interrupted again just minutes later with Murray at 30-30 on serve in the sixth game and, after a lengthier delay, it was Murray who could not regain his concentration as Federer took advantage with an aggressive hitting attack to even things up at 3-3. Murray took the lead 6-5, and he served out victory in just over two hours, saving a break point with an ace in the final game.
On the women's side, Kim Clijsters won her third crown of the year at the same event where, just last year, she ended a two-year layoff to have a family, on her way to winning the U.S. Open title for her second Grand Slam crown. The victory game Clijsters her 38th career singles title, having already taken crowns in 2010 at Brisbane and Miami.
Sharapova squandered three match-point chances with Clijsters serving at 3-5 in the second set, just before rain stopped the match. Clijsters held serve once play resumed, then quickly grabbed two break points on Sharapova's serve. The Russian saved both, but Clijsters forced a third and Sharapova then issued her fifth double fault, knotting things up at 5-5.
Sharapova said she began feeling pain in her left heel late in the second set, and in the tie-breaker, a second-serve ace, Sharapova's seventh ace of the match, put her ahead of Clijsters 2-0 on the way to a 3-0 edge.
But Clijsters fought back, evening the score at 3-3 on Sharapova's sixth double fault on her way to a 5-3 lead and Sharapova issued another double fault on the penultimate point before Clijsters forced a third set. Sharapova's ninth double fault handed Clijsters a break for a 2-1 lead in the third and the Belgian broke again in the fifth game on the way to a 5-1 lead.
Sharapova held serve, then denied Clijsters on two match points before Clijsters withstood a break point and finally closed out matters on her third match point after two hours and 30 min.
The heel injury suffered by Sharapova will prevent her from taking part in this week's Rogers Cup event in Montreal.