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Andy Murray enjoys Cincinnati Masters triumph but Novak Djokovic retirement leaves Scot with hollow taste

Andy Murray has confessed to being slightly disappointed not to have the chance to finish his Cincinnati Masters final against world No 1 Novak Djokovic despite clinching his second title of the year.


Murray warmed up for the US Open later this month with his second victory in Ohio but it came as a result of Djokovic’s retirement with the Serb 6-4 and 3-0 down in the second.

The Scot was always in control against a fatigued Djokovic, whose record for the season dropped to 57-2 when he was forced to retire with a shoulder injury.

The victory was a timely one for Murray, who can look forward to the start of his US Open campaign in seven days’ time with renewed optimism after falling at the first hurdle to the unfancied Kevin Anderson in Montreal two weeks ago.

But despite being delighted with his second title of the year, the world No 4 would have been happier to have seen the final through to its conclusion.

“I would have obviously liked to have won by finishing the match,” said Murray. “But it happens sometimes. I have to look at the week as a whole

“It’s been a very good week. Coming in here I had played badly in Montreal, so I needed to have a good week.

“Regardless of the match against Djokovic, I was happy with the way that it had gone. Glad I managed to win, but unfortunate the way it happened.”

Murray was particularly pleased with the way he bounced back from Montreal, beating the likes of David Nalbandian and Mardy Fish on his way to the title in Ohio.

He broke Djokovic in the opening game, and although the Serb hit back to level at 3-3, Murray simply upped the tempo to restore his advantage by breaking for a 4-3 lead.

The Scot duly served it out to claim the set before Djokovic had to call for the trainer and doctor.

And it was quickly apparent the end was near when Murray broke Djokovic twice to establish a 3-0 second-set advantage, with his opponent then calling it a day.

“It was really a good week after I struggled last week,” Murray said. “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’s injury could have serious ramifications for the Serb as he attempts to land his third grand slam crown of 2011 at the US Open.

However, the Serb is hopeful he will recover in time for Flushing Meadows.

“There is no good loss, that’s for sure,” he said. “But the good thing is that there is a week, eight days [before] the start of the US Open. So I think that’s enough time for me to get ready.”

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