Murray Takes Cincy Title As Djokovic Abandons
Andy Murray captured his second title of the year after Novak Djokovic retired at 4-6, 0-3 down from the Cincinnati final due to a shoulder injury which raises doubts over his presence at the US Open.
The Serb, winner of nine titles this season, had undergone medical treatment at the end of the opener as the second term saw him lose pace progressively, something which led to an early abandon, his first one of the year. Murray, who won his second Cincinnati trophy, broke Nole four times before sealing the comprehensive lead over the 24 year old who could only pick one break from his opponent.
Said Murray: “It was really a good week after I struggled last week. I didn’t drop a set and beat some very good players from pretty much the first round onwards. Against Nalbandian who I started off against it was tough, and then Mardy was playing really good tennis going into the semis.”
Djokovic, who didn’t take the abandon as a loss, has now dropped to a 57-2 season record which keeps him the main favorite for the US Open. He also leads the head to head series with Murray 6-4, having last defeated the world number four at this term’s Rome Masters in the semi finals. The injury has raised doubts concerning his draw for the upcoming American Grand Slam, trophy he has not won yet.
En route to the final, Nole had taken adventure of Tomas Berdych’s abandon to book a last term berth. He had also edged Gael Monfils in three sets in the quarter finals and eased past Radek Stepanek and Ryan Harrison in the second and third rounds. As for Murray, he also had a great week in Cincinnati, during which he didn’t drop a set.
The Scott grabbed straight set wins over Rafa Nadal’s killer Mardy Fish in the semi finals, Gilles Simon in the final eight, Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the third term and David Nalbandian in his debut. Murray hasn’t lined up at the upcoming Winston Salem event, so his next stop might be US Open. The Cincinnati tile brought the Scott a $496,000 check and 1000 points ATP, while Djokovic is to pocket $243,200 and 600 points ATP
Cincinnati Prize Money and points:
Winner – $496,000 and 1000 points ATP
Runner-up – $243,200 and 600 points ATP
Semi finalist – $122,400 and 360 points ATP
Quarter finalist – $62,240 and 180 points ATP
R16 – $32,320 and 90 points ATP
R32 – $17,040 and 45 points ATP
R56 – $9,200 and 10 points ATP11