In a rematch of the ’08 Cincinnati final, World No. 4 Andy Murray claimed his seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title after World No. 1 Novak Djokovic retired due to a right shoulder injury.
The Scot led the match 6-4, 3-0 before Djokovic stopped play in front of a packed Center Court. This is Murray’s first win over the Serb since a straight sets victory in Miami back in ’09.
In 2008, Murray claimed his second Masters title in Cincinnati, defeating Djokovic in straight sets.
Earlier this year, Djokovic beat the former World No. 2 in the Australian Open final and the Rome semifinal. He still, however, leads the head-to-head over Murray with six wins to four losses.
By taking out the reigning Wimbledon champion, Murray ended Djokovic’s perfect 33-0 record on hard courts in 2011 leading up to this final.
The Serb’s overall record for the year now stands at 57-2, with his only other loss this year coming at the hands of 16-time Grand Slam tournament champion Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals.
About retiring in the final, Djokovic said, "It's unfortunate that I had to finish this way. I apologize to the tournament; I apologize to the people who came here today to watch the match."
By Benjamin Snyder