Djokovic retires with a shoulder injury to give Murray the title.

Andy Murray wins when Djokovic retires. It will go on the books as the second defeat of the season for world number one Novak Djokovic. Murray claims his second Western & Southern Open crown in Cincinnati.

The Scot broke his opponent’s serve twice in the first set against a fatigued Djokovic whose record for the season dropped to 57-2. He was forced to retire when trailing 6-4 3-0. The reason for Djokovic’s withdrawal was initially unclear although he had received treatment at the end of the first set for an upper arm problem.

Djokovic talked about feeling exhausted in Cincinnati, coming off his record fifth Masters series title in Montreal last week. He said his serving shoulder had bothered him for about the last 10 days, but he’d been able to manage the soreness and keep winning. On Sunday, he couldn’t go on.

“There is no good loss, that’s for sure,” said Djokovic, now 57-2 on the season. “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.” He was completely off his game against the fourth-seeded Murray, won the first set 6-4 and was ahead 3-0 in the second when Djokovic decided just before the rain came that he couldn’t continue. Djokovic got his shoulder treated after he lost the first set, grimacing at one point. With his serve registering only in double-digits and his forehand limited by the pain, Djokovic realized he couldn’t compete. He said he would have retired even if the rain had temporarily stopped the match. “I could have maybe played another couple of games, but what for?” he said. “I cannot beat a player like Murray today with one stroke.” It was Murray’s second title this season. The 24-year-old Scotsman also won at the Queen’s Club. He lost his other final match to Djokovic at the Australian Open. Djokovic felt worn-down heading into the final, the strain of all those recent matches catching up with him. He said his loathing for losing was pulling him through matches. It wasn’t enough on Sunday.


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