Andy Murray has received a boost as the final grand slam event of the season approaches, by winning the Cincinnati Masters.
Murray’s delight at the win, (6-4, 3-0) against world number one Novak Djokovic was tempered slightly after the Serbian was forced to retire with a shoulder injury.
The first set saw the Scot break the Serbian in the first service game of the match, however Djokovic recovered to break back and level at 3-3. If the Scot was troubled by the Serbian recovery he didn’t show it as he immediately broke back to regain the advantage.
Murray then took the first set on serve after giving himself three set points at 5-4.
Immediately Djokovic beckoned for the trainer to come on as the shoulder injury that has plagued him throughout the tournament returned.
Three games into the second set, with the Scot dominating at 3-0, the Serbian who has had a phenomenal record on hard court matches this year finally succumbed to the pain and retired.
Murray will now look forward to the US Open at Flushing Meadows with the confidence of this tournament win. The US tournament begins on August 29th.
For Djokovic there is an anxious wait to see if the few days rest before the grand slam event will be enough to allow his shoulder to heal.