The 2010 Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto saw Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray advance to the semifinals, demonstrating their continued dominance. Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in the championship match and Rafael Nadal in the semifinals to win his 15th ATP title and sixth at the Masters 1000 level.
Andy became the first player to successfully defend the Canada Open since Andre Agassi in 1995 and a unique player by defeating both Roger and Rafa at the same competition. In the final that was delayed by rain, it was challenging to get into a groove. Nevertheless, Andy prevailed after a 7-5, 7-5 victory in two hours and five minutes.
The British player won against Federer for the first time since Indian Wells 2009 and for the seventh time overall in 12 meetings. Roger was unable to profit from Andy’s struggle to locate the first serve. He produced four break opportunities and three serve steals from the opponent.
Federer failed to capitalize on that after the opening shot, losing more than 40% of the points and up against eleven break chances. Following nearly 30 unforced errors, he was broken five times, finished on the losing end, and missed the opportunity to capture the third championship in Toronto after 2004 and 2006.
Andy made 24 unforced errors and 24 winners. While this was going on, Roger was on a negative 20-31 ratio and was unable to force his shots and profit on the shortest rallies. Murray had a flawless start to the match, breaking after forcing a mistake from Roger in the opening game and holding at 15 with a service winner in the following one.
Federer had not yet reached the zone when Murray led 3-0 in game three after a backhand blunder cost him his serve.
Roger Federer lost to Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5 in the 2010 Toronto final.
After breaking Andy at love in game four, the Swiss began to rally and struck a service victory in the following game to inch closer to the opposition.
Murray increased his lead to 4-2 with a successful forehand. Nevertheless, Roger was now in control of his games, aiming to cut the deficit and anticipate more opportunities upon the return. They were absent in game eight when Andy maintained possession following Roger’s backhand blunder, forcing the Swiss to serve to stay in the match.
Federer held at 30 to cut the deficit to 5-4, and a few minutes later, after Murray committed a costly double fault while serving for the set, he got the much-needed break. At 5-5 and with a chance to capitalize, Roger blew a game point and blasted a forehand error, giving Andy another break.
This time, the Briton executed flawlessly, forcing Federer to make a backhand error that allowed him to win the set 7-5 in 47 minutes. At the opening of the second set, the rain began to pose issues. The first victim of the rhythm problem was Roger, who dropped a forehand in game five and went down a set and a break.
For almost an hour, they had to leave the court. When they returned to tie the match at 3-3 and give Federer a boost, he took the break again in game six. Before Andy completed a nice hold with a service winner to keep himself on the plus side, Roger took the lead 4-3 on a forehand winner.
Federer finished the ninth game with a forehand drive volley winner after maintaining his composure. Nevertheless, Murray was unstoppable. He finished off the tenth game with an unreturned serve and was ready for the match’s crucial game.
Andy broke Roger with a volley winner after Roger gave way to pressure, allowing Andy to serve for the championship. Federer missed a clean forehand that would have given him two break chances in game 12 and a chance to extend the set and the match.
He did, however, gain the final opportunity to go to the tie-breaking round. Andy blocked it with an ace and then slammed another to earn a match point, but he lost it when his drop shot missed the goal. The second championship point was fortunate for Murray, who began the first victory celebration since Valencia 2009.