Andy Murray and Colin Fleming were beaten 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) by Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the doubles final at the Rogers Cup in Montreal last night.
After losing the first set, the Scots were broken early in the second by Austrian Peya and Brazilian Soares. They recovered to force a tie-break but the third seeds regained control to close out the match in straight sets.
Earlier this week, Murray exited the singles event in Montreal after defeat by Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis. The world No 2 will now move on to next week’s Cincinnati Masters before the defence of his US Open title in New York later this month.
After their semi-final win over Daniel Nestor and Robert Lindstedt on Saturday night, Murray said: “This is my first time [playing] with Colin and we’re obviously on a good run.” His partner Fleming, ahead of his first Masters 1000 final, added: “It’s the best result of my career.”
Murray stepped in to partner Fleming at the last minute in the absence of regular partner Jonny Marray, who narrowly missed out on qualifying for the event through the rankings. And Murray clearly enjoyed the experience
“I’ve played quite a few of the Masters Series doubles tournaments throughout my career with my brother Jamie and Ross Hutchins,” he said. “There’s a chance [Colin and I] will play together again in the future but it’s best, in the doubles, to stick with your regular partner and not be chopping and changing too much. I’m sure once this week’s done Colin and Jonny Marray will go back to doing their thing”
In last night’s Rogers Cup men’s final, Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2, spoiling Raonic’s bid to become the first Canadian winner of the event in 55 years. Raonic was the first Canadian since the now 81-year-old Robert Bedard, who won what was then called the Canadian Open in 1955, to even reach the final. But Nadal, playing his first tournament since a first-round loss at Wimbledon in June, was too good for the home player as he posted his eighth tournament win this year and the 58th of his career.
World No 1 Serena Williams claimed the 54th WTA title of her career as she completely overpowered Sorana Cirstea for a straight-sets win in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Cirstea had beaten top-ten trio Li Na, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki en route to the final but she was powerless in the face of Williams.
The American roared to a 3-0 lead before Cirstea hit back for 3-2, but that was as good as it got for the Romanian.
Top seed Williams reeled off the next nine games to complete a 6-2, 6-0 victory in 65 minutes. It was Williams’ third Rogers Cup title, having won in 2001 and 2011, and she is now ninth on the all-time WTA title list.
Williams consoled Cirstea who was visibly emotional after being dismantled by her opponent, saying: “You’re so young, I wish I was 23, don’t be sad! You’ve beaten so many top players this week and you’re really such a good player.”
She added: “Sorana’s one of the nicest girls on tour and has such a bright future.”