Britain’s Andy Murray snapped an eight-match losing streak against top-ranked rival Novak Djokovic on Sunday to win the ATP Montreal Masters only hours after his coach Amelie Mauresmo gave birth.
The Scotsman, who moves to second in the ATP rankings on Monday, revealed the news from his French mentor, the only woman to coach a major men’s player.
With assistant Jonas Bjorkman watching from the player box, Murray turned in a fighting performance over three hours to finally beat Djokovic for the first time in more than two years, the first time since he won the 2013 Wimbledon final over the Serbian.
Murray and the world No.1 took an hour per set to settle their score in Quebec as Murray completed a Canadian title hat-trick after trophies in 2009 and 2010.
Murray won his fourth title of 2015 and lifted his record on the season to 53-8.
“Novak made it extremely difficult out there,” said Murray, who needed five match points to win as the Djokovic defence came to life.
Djokovic said he hopes to carry his form into Cincinnati next week and the US Open, which starts on August 31 in New York.
“Andy played a great match and deserved to win,” Djokovic said. “This was an important week in my Open preparation. I hope to continue this form next week and into New York.”