Andy Murray of Great Britian defeated Serbian Novak Djokovic on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati in the finals of the Western & Southern Open after Djokovic, the world's number one ranked player on the ATP Tour, was forced to retire due to a sore right shoulder. Djokovic made 20 unforced errors in the first set, which ended when he dumped a routine forehand into the net. Djokovic squatted in disappointment, then went to his chair and took a timeout to have a trainer stretch his right arm and shoulder.
Murray's win gave Djokovic only his second loss on the 2011 season with 57 wins. Before yesterday, the Serb's last loss and first of 2011 came on June 3rd in the semifinals of the French Open against Roger Federer. Murray won the first set 6-4 and was ahead 3-0 in the second set when Djokovic could no longer continue the match.
“There is no good loss, that’s for sure,” Djokovic. “The good thing is there’s a week, eight days to the start of the Open. I’m confident I can recover and be ready for the U.S. Open.”
Yesterday's win marked Murray’s second title this season, as he also won at the Queen’s Club and to Djokovic in the finals at the Australian Open.