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Andy Murray Wins The Rogers Cup

Sports Betting News - August 17th, 2009 - Written by Ryan Smith

The Rogers Cup tennis tournament, held in Montreal Canada this weekend, hosted prolific tennis players such as Rafeal Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Roddick. However it was Andy Murray from Scotland, that took home the Title this weekend. Both Rafeal Nadal, and Roger Federer exited the tournament in the quarterfinal round, and that left only big names Andy Murray, and Andy Roddick in the semifinal round. Roddick was matched up against Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinal, Roddick lost to Del Porto in the final round of last weeks tournament in Washington, and lost to Del Porto again in this weekends Rogers Cup.

Murray and Del Porto met in the final round of the Rogers Cup tournament yesterday, with Murray winning the match 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-1. Murray is only 22-years old at the moment, and with this win, the young tennis star moves to Number 2 in the world. Rafeal Nadal was originally the number 2 ranked tennis player in the world, but with his quick exit from the tournament, Murray was able to gain enough points to surpass Nadal. ESPN reports Murray had this to say after the match ""I love winning tournaments, it's great, and every player will tell you the same thing," Later he stated "But it's tough because I've never been to No. 2 in the world before, so that's new to me. I've won a couple of Masters Series [events] now, and it still feels great. But getting to No. 2, maybe because it's something different it means a little bit more."

Murray gained 400 ranking points after winning the tournament, giving him a total of 9,250 compared to Roger Federer, who has 11,040 in world ranking points. Rafeal Nadal has accumulated 8,665 ranking points, making him the 3rd highest ranked tennis player in the world. Murray entered the Rogers Cup tennis tournament as a third seed, and matched his career high with five wins on the season. Andy Murray also improved his record this season against top 10 ranked opponents to 11-4. Murray did not drop a single set in the tournament until Sunday's match against Del Porto.

Murray managed to gain control of the match despite dropping the set early. Murray told reporters after the match that his work out routine after Wimbledon was the reason for his success this weekend. "Before the match I felt like I was probably going to be physically stronger," Murray told reporters "He was obviously tired [in the third set] and I made a lot of returns which I hadn't really been doing. His serve slowed down a little bit and I made more returns. I served well at the beginning of the third set to make sure I stayed ahead, and that was the only difference." Andy Murray will have to begin reconditioning for the next major tennis tournament, the U.S. Open at the end of August.

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