In essentially the most thrilling Cincinnati remaining in 5 years, Andy Murray defeated up to date and nice rival Novak Djokovic, 7-6, 7-6 on August 3, 2008, for his first Masters 1000 crown! The Briton made his Masters 1000 debut at Cincinnati 2005 at age 18, reaching the quarterfinals a 12 months later and struggling an early loss in 2007 to Marcos Baghdatis.
Andy was in good condition throughout the summer season of 2008, shedding to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and Toronto earlier than heading to Ohio for essentially the most vital results of his profession earlier than reaching the primary Main Last just a few weeks later on the US Open.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray received off to a superb begin, whereas Roger Federer misplaced within the third spherical to Ivo Karlovic, who additionally reached the quarterfinals. Andy misplaced the primary set to Carlos Moyá within the quarters earlier than shifting to the next gear, dominating in units two and three to order the conflict in opposition to the Croatian.
Murray beat Karlovic 6-4, 6-4 regardless of shedding serve twice to advance to the primary Masters 1000 remaining. Novak Djokovic discovered himself on the opposite aspect of the web after ending his 32-game successful streak. Nadal within the semifinal and beating all opponents in straight units, chasing the fifth Masters 1000 crown and the third of the season after Indian Wells and Roma.
After two hours and 23 minutes of grueling battle, Murray defeated the Australian Open champion in two tiebreaks for the second victory over the Serbian in as many weeks after Toronto, in what had been their sixth assembly on the Masters 1000 degree!
Novak Djokovic was nonetheless a heavy favourite
Novak Djokovic will go into the US Open having performed just one event since successful Wimbledon. That one event was the Tokyo Olympics, the place Djokovic misplaced the singles bronze medal match and pulled out of the blended doubles playoff because of harm.
However Daniil Medvedev believes the Serb remains to be the agency favourite in New York since he has been “successful virtually all of the Grand Slams” currently. “Positively, Novak goes to be the very best contender,” Medvedev mentioned.
“He is successful virtually all of the Grand Slams proper now. He received already 20. He has expertise. He has a degree. I am not gonna lie. So he is the person beneath stress, however I believe he likes it, as some guys beneath stress can crack,” the Russian added.
“That is not about Novak. So he is undoubtedly the principle contender. Speaking about myself, to begin with, if I meet Novak, it is good as a result of it may be solely within the remaining,” Medvedev mentioned. “That is the one chance.
I will attempt to do my greatest. If I handle to maintain the extent I am taking part in at proper now, I’ve good possibilities to go far.”