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Andy Murray, Belinda Bencic capture Rogers Cup titles

Andy Murray, Belinda Bencic capture Rogers Cup titles
Andy Murrayreturns a shot against Novak Djokovic during the Rogers Cup championship match on Sunday in Montreal. (Minas Panagiotakis / Getty Images)

Andy Murray beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, on Sunday in the Rogers Cup at Montreal for his fourth tournament victory of the year and third title.

Swiss teen Belinda Bencic won the Rogers Cup on Sunday, following her upset of Serena Williams with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 3-0 victory over an ailing Simona Halep.

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The second-seeded Murray also won the tournament in 2009 and 2010. The Scot ended an eight-match losing streak against Djokovic since the 2013 Wimbledon final.

Djokovic, the champion in 2007, 2011 and 2012, lost for only the fourth time in 56 matches this year. The Serb failed in his bid to tie the ATP Tour record for consecutive Masters 1000 event titles at five.

Djokovic was playing his ninth straight final, a run that included championship victories over Murray this year in the Australian Open and Key Biscayne, Fla.

Murray cut Djokovic's series lead to 19-9.

In hot, muggy conditions at Uniprix Stadium, Murray served at 3-1 in the third, already up a break.. A ferocious baseline battle went to deuce 10 times and Murray fought off six break points to take the game.

Djokovic had two more break points in the final game, but Murray pounded two service winners and eventually won when Djokovic hit a groundstroke long after a brief rally.

Murray will move to No. 2, ahead of Roger Federer, in the new world ranking Monday.

In the doubles final, American twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan beat Daniel Nestor of Canada and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, 4-6, 6-3 10-6.

Halep was hampered by a left leg injury and heat exhaustion and stopped in the third set.

"I was thinking that I need a miracle to finish the match," Halep said. "I knew that I had no power, so I tried just to finish the match, but at 3-0 I said there is no sense to continue and I stopped."

The 18-year-old Bencic won her second WTA Tour title after breaking through this summer on grass in England at Eastbourne. She's ranked 20th.

Her victory over the second-seeded Romanian capped a week of upsets. She beat four of the top five seeds, including the top-ranked Williams in the semifinals Saturday night.

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