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Federer and Murray to the Final

The defending champ has secured a spot in the finals on Sunday at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. Andy Murray will compete for his second title in a row against Roger Federer, the 2004 and 2006 Rogers Cup champion.

15 August 2010, 12:00am
The road to the final was dramatic as ever as the semifinal matches featured the Top 4 players on the ATP World Tour for the first time in the history of the tournament.

The first singles match of the day paired up Rafael Nadal against Andy Murray. This would mark their twelfth meeting to-date, with the Spaniard leading the Brit 8-3. Nadal's most recent win over Murray came in the semifinal round of Wimbledon this year, stopping Murray in his attempt to win a Grand Slam on his home turf. Murray went into this match seeking vengeance for his loss at their last meeting and attained it. From the beginning of the match, Nadal was unable to find his groove.

The second semifinal singles match featured a war between the No. 2 and No. 3 players in the world. Roger Federer had a tough task set out for him against Novak Djokovic. The Swiss entered the match with a 9-5 lead over the Serbian. Both men had similar records in 2010, with each having won one title. Djokovic has won three of the last five matches he played against Federer, but this did not seem to give him any momentum. Djokovic struggled early on in the match, allowing Federer to take the first set with ease. Knowing he was in a bad position, Djokovic scrapped his way back into the competition to win the second set. The third set was fought in true champion fashion, with neither man willing to back down. In the end, Federer pulled through victorious to earn a spot in tomorrow's final match against Murray.

"Well, I've beaten him six times and lost five, so I feel confident if I play well that I can win against him," said Murray of Federer. "But he's obviously a very tough guy to play against, because he's got one of the best records ever in the game, but I think if I play like I did today I'll give myself a chance of winning."

Federer is the man who has stopped Murray from winning two majors, defeating him in both the 2008 US Open final and 2010 Australian Open championship match.

In the first doubles match of the day, Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra defeated Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak en route to the finals of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. This was the first meeting between the teams. The French duo defeated Cermak and Mertinak in two sets 7-6(5), 6-4 by serving up winners and capitalizing on their opponents mistakes.

The last match of the day was the other doubles semifinal between No. 2 team Bob and Mike Bryan and No. 4 duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi. It was a close match as each pair took a set, but the Bryans pulled it out in a super-tiebreak and won the match 4-6, 6-3, 10-4. The Bryan brothers also competed in the doubles final in Toronto in 2008 where they fell to Canada's Daniel Nestor and partner Nenad Zimonjic.

Source: rogerscup.com

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