Murray on the march in Montreal


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:44

The Scot will be looking to claim a 13th career title to go along with his new ranking, having leapfrogged Rafael Nadal to become number two in the world following his semi-final victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Murray told Sky Sports Xtra: “To get past Rafa is incredible. Roger and Rafa have shared the one and two ranking for the last five years. They are so consistent and I didn’t know if I was ever going to get there. Just one more to go now.”

Murray was too strong for Frenchman Tsonga, who beat Federer in the last eight. Tsonga pushed him hard but the Scot always seemed to have something in reserve at the key moments as he claimed a 6-4 7-6 (10/8) victory.

The 22-year-old was pleased with his victory over Tsonga, whose powerful game makes him a dangerous opponent.

He added: “It’s difficult to play him, he dictates everything. He hits huge forehands, drop shots and has good feel. You just try to stay solid and he came up with a few errors at the end.”

Murray will go up against Argentinian Del Potro on Sunday, a player looking for his third title in 2009.

Del Potro beat American Andy Roddick 4-6 6-2 7-5 in the second semi-final.

He responded well to losing the first set, claiming a break in the first game in the second en route to levelling the match.

Roddick had match point on the Del Potro serve at 5-4 in the decider but sent a forehand return wide, and the South American seized the initiative to come back and win the match.


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