Murray holds on for first Masters title

In Mason, Ohio, one point away from his first Masters series championship, Andy Murray let the moment get to him.

Britain's top player wasted four match points with an uncharacteristic show of sloppiness in the second set. Forced to play another tiebreaker, he pulled off the best shot of the game -- an in-the-corner backhand -- that set up a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) win over Novak Djokovic for the Cincinnati Masters title.

The 21-year-old Murray crouched in exultation when he finished it off, swatted a ball into the stands and hunched over, trying to catch his breath.

"At the end of the match, there were some long, long volleys that took a toll on both of us," Murray said. "Both of us were really tired."

His 2-hour, 22-minute victory ended a $2.6 million ATP Western & Southern Financial Group Masters that will be remembered more for what it did to the world rankings. Murray will move up to No. 6, the best of his career.

Rafael Nadal lost to Djokovic in the semifinals, but piled up enough rankings points during the week to finally wrest the No. 1 spot from Roger Federer in two weeks. Federer has led the rankings since Feb. 2, 2004, with Nadal right behind him for the past three years.

- In Montreal, Dinara Safina won her second tournament in a row, defeating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 to win the Rogers Cup and improve her record since May to 27-3.

The seventh-seeded Safina, who also won a tournament a week earlier in Carson, Calif., now has three tournament wins this year and eight in her career. She is expected to move from eighth to a career-high seventh in the world rankings.

- In Stockholm, Sweden, Caroline Wozniacki routed Vera Dushevina 6-0, 6-2 to win the Nordic Light Open for her first WTA title.

The fourth-seeded Dane took the first set in only 26 minutes, breaking the unseeded Russian three times on the Olympic Stadium's fast hard court.


Dallas bests Toronto on late penalty kick

In Toronto, All-Star Kenny Cooper scored on a penalty kick in the 81st minute after Toronto FC's Amado Guevara received a red card, propelling FC Dallas to a 2-0 win.

Cooper then scored in injury time to secure Toronto's first loss at home in 10 games this season (6-8-4). Toronto is winless in its past six MLS games and 11 games overall.

Guevara was handed the red by referee Baldomero Toledo after appearing to strike Pablo Ricchetti in the face in the penalty area.

- In Oakland, Calif., Darren Huckerby scored one goal and had an assist as the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Galaxy 3-2, ending an eight-match winless streak.

Ryan Cochrane scored his first goal of the season in the 90th minute for the Earthquakes. Newly acquired Arturo Alvarez also scored to give San Jose's league-worst offense its first three-goal match of the year.

Los Angeles hasn't recorded a win in seven matches.

- In Chicago, Samuel Eto'o scored two goals to lead FC Barcelona to a 5-2 win over CD Guadalajara in front of 40,717 at Soldier Field.

Xavi gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute, blasting a long shot that Chivas goalkeeper Sergio Rodriguez got a hand on it but couldn't keep from rolling into the lower left corner.


Pair upset top seed, repeat in San Diego

In San Diego, Calif., sixth-seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings defended their AVP Crocs Slam San Diego title, beating No. 1 seed Nick Lucena and Sean Scott, 19-21, 21-17, 15-11.

On the women's side, Tyra Turner won her first AVP Crocs Tour event when she and Rachel Wacholder (seeded fifth) beat second-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan , 21-16, 19-21, 15-10.

The AVP Crocs Slam San Diego was the final tournament before a three-week break for the Olympic Games.



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