But that's all from me. Andy Murray has beaten Novak Djokovic for the first time in nine attempts and two years. On a hard court, too.
Bubbling up nicely for the US Open, isn't it?
But that's all from me. Andy Murray has beaten Novak Djokovic for the first time in nine attempts and two years. On a hard court, too.
Bubbling up nicely for the US Open, isn't it?
Think that's your weekend done? Don't believe that for a second. There's a little matter of the US PGA golf to be decided and there's still at least an hour before that trophy is lifted. Get yourself over there now.
Caz: Huge congratulations to Andy Murray. Fantastic game, well deserved win!
That is a 35th career title for Andy Murray, his 11th at Masters level, taking him joint-10th on the all-time list, alongside Pete Sampras. Decent company.
Murray has the energy to climb the wall and celebrate with his team, but when he sinks back into his chair it looks like it will need a crane to get him back out. He's totally spent.
Joseph Burns: Murray's only just gone and beaten Djokovic. Massive monkey off his back in time for the US Open!
Andy Murray has done it! More than two years since he last beat Novak Djokovic, the Briton has finally knocked off the world number one. At the end of an extraordinary, three-hour, brutal contest in the Montreal heat, Murray has ended an eight-match Djokovic hoodoo just in time for the US Open.
Can someone please nudge the Andy Murray wagon across the finishing line? Novak Djokovic is the wall that stops it, a loose-limbed forehand so far into the corner it's practically bouncing in the locker room. Whole court in shadow now, but a fifth chance for Murray...
Brilliant from Murray, his serve withstanding the greatest of pressure, digging him out of trouble at the most crucial of moments. Now an ace! At two hours and 58 minutes, a fourth championship point...
There can't be any more, can there? Jonas Bjorkman watches on in horror as Murray dumps a forehand into the net to end an ageless rally for 15-30. Montreal alive, virtually exploding when Murray somehow can't put a gimme forehand away to allow Djokovic the chance to force a Murray error. Two break points...
Novak Djokovic escapes. For now. Andy Murray lets three championship points slip through his fingers and this match will give us a little bit more. This time, Murray will serve for the title.
Comes and goes again, Djokovic desperately defending to see Murray go wide. Can he make Murray serve it out?
Take that! A third championship point for Murray with a belting backhand return. This time?
Murray putting us through the mincer here, long. No challenges left for the Scot. On we go.
Serve return drifts long. Djokovic survives. But for how long? Here's another...
Djokovic has the balls on his racquet and is serving to stay in the match. When he goes wide early on, there is a lone cry of "come on Novak" is the crowd. Even the Montreal spectators, indifferent to Murray throughout, are forced to approve of a pass that creates half a chance at 30-30. And, when Djokovic goes long on the backhand, Murray has championship point...
Murray breathes hard, sweat making his white shirt cling to the torso. Djokovic is looking increasingly spent, finding no answer to the Murray serve. The Scot holds to love in only 90 seconds, some 16 and a half minutes faster than his previous hold. Nearly there.
How must Novak Djokovic feel? He had seven break points in that previous game. Even the crowd seem exhausted, just about summoning the energy to be amazed when Murray pulls off the most audacious of lobs. Djokovic holds, but it almost seems as if we've had our fill of drama. Djokovic, for all his brilliance, has to pull something from the next two Murray service games.
Finally, Andy Murray pulls off the biggest hold of the match, all 18 minutes' worth of it. His cry of "come on" is audible over the muted applause of the crowd, who have been behind Djokovic throughout. Murray, ice towel round his neck, is eight points away from victory.
Peter Jebsen: Winner of this game wins the match
Stephen Daniels: So often when watching Djokovic, the result depends on how well he plays. This is different, Murray is dictating the play!
It's all a little bit daft now, isn't it? Ten, yes 10 time to deuce in this game now, the crowd almost as exhausted as the players. Murray has that rare thing, the balls on his racquet and the chance to hold...
In case you're counting, we've been to deuce eight times in this game. As we nudge the 15-minute mark, Djokovic has a sixth break point thanks to a forehand that nearly cuts Murray in two.
Is this the ball game, right here? Murray gives with double faults, but takes away with big serves. Djokovic has got some size of his own, mind, a big forehand winning him a break point.
Now what? Code violation and a warning for Murray, the umpire saying he has hit the TV camera at the back of the court. It looks harsh, Murray pleading his case with the chair in admirably measured style. After another (the fourth) break point is saved, a mesmerising rally ends with Murray going long.
Murray is muttering, admonishing someone. Himself? Anyone? Still the Novak chants come from the crowd, half of whom are covered by a shadow that is creeping past the chair and across the court. Another Murray double fault gives another another break point as this game heads towards the 10-minute mark.
What is happening out there? From sublime to ridiculous from Murray, who saves break point, then gifts away with the widest second serve you could ever see. Pushed to the extreme, Djokovic looks to convert with the most desperate scramble to the net, only for his dink to land long. Hard to put into the heights these men are reaching.
It's getting better, anything short of brilliant getting punished. Djokovic is wide-eyed, ruthlessly gobbling up Murray at the net. Murray holds his left hamstring then gifts away a break point. Jonas Bjorkman looks worried.
Murray sticks to Plan A - hit the ball very hard into the corners. He's taking Djokovic on at both sides of the court, grimacing and wiping his brow. Djokovic, though, won't go away. Touch of luck off a net cord, then the Serb eyes a chance. Put away, deuce.
New Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba watches on, pretty unimpressed, it has to be said. Still, he's most interested than Novak Djokovic, who is teetering on the edge. A Murray lob from the sun is inexplicably dumped into the net, with a long forehand causing him to shake that troublesome elbow. 0-30, with the crowd trying to rouse the world number one. It's worked, too. Line-seeking forehand, big serves, back to 40-30. Djokovic hangs on, but for how long?
It's sensational stuff now. After Djokovic starts to show some frustration, a Serbian stretching forehand at the Murray laces somehow comes back. Murray ticking, backhand, then forehand into open court. At the moment, he's got Djokovic on toast. Remember when he was limping in the second set? Neither do I.
No mistake this time, as from almost an identical position, Murray gets the frying pan out to send the ball to the wall. An early advantage in the decider, Murray is four service holds from ending the Djokovic hoodoo. Only, if it was that simple, there wouldn't be a hoodoo, would there?
Oh you are kidding. Andy Murray does everything but put the ball to the other side. Djokovic nowhere, court at his mercy, Murray puts a dolly into the net. How big might that be? Maybe not very, because some Serbian wildness gives Murray another chance...
Apparently Murray wasn't too pleased with the gap between the second and third sets. A tactical Djokovic refresher? As shadows start to appear on the court, there's a slight chink in the Djokovic serve, a double fault for 15-30 followed by what I can only assume was a Serbian swear. When Djokovic can't rely on his lob, Murray has break point...
It's turning into a real treat, even from two men who have dragged themselves round this court for two hours. Djokovic has Murray on string, pulling him to the net, then putting the cheekiest of lobs up and over for a break point. Chants for Novak in the crowd, Murray responding with a badly needed first serves. Faint chants for Murray. Two more huge serves, greeted with Scottish chants of "come on". Murray dodges a bullet.
It's seven minutes since we ended the second set and we're heading towards a third hour in this match. Andy Murray, looking refreshed, dances before getting the decider under way.
Matt McGladrigan: Did Novak get better that set? Not really, apart from serving a little better. Few too many errors from Andy
Laura Reed: Oh Murray. I reaaaally needed an early night & now I have to wait for a deciding set
The DJ is playing Wild Cherry's 'Play That Funky Music' to precisely no reaction for the Canadian crowd. The players have nipped off for a quick break, probably a swift half in an ice bar. Lots and lots of Serbia flags in the crowd and a man holding an Milos Raonic mask. How odd.
It's clinical from Novak Djokovic and we're going the distance in the burning Montreal sunshine. If Andy Murray is to end an eight-match losing streak against the world number one, he's going have to beat him in a third-set decider for the first time.
The Djokovic serve, a postman, is delivering, backed up by some anticipation of Murray's courageous scampering for a 40-0 advantage and three set points...
Jono: Murray seems to be gifting these opportunities to Djock. He's been on top so far today, just letting it slip at the vital moment
Murray does all he can, serving and passing, Djokovic swinging from the hip like a man who knows this game matters little compared to the next. A hold to love, now for the real business.
In case you're counting, Novak Djokovic has pumped down 325 aces this season. The latest digs him out of a smidge of trouble at 15-30, with some more boomers sealing the game. One away from a decider, fans in Montreal going home with sore hands from all the clapping. Murray serving to keep this second set alive...
Sit back down, we're set to go longer. "Always make them play one more shot" will be on Novak Djokovic's headstone. A lunge to stay alive, a Murray forehand error. A Serbian break.
Hmmmm. As soon as he gets back into it, Andy Murray starts to wobble once more. More time in the net than a goalkeeper, two break points for Djokovic.
Take that! Andy Murray climbs into a Novak Djokovic second serve, a backhand screaming past the lead-footed world number one. "New balls please." Quite right too, these ones have a headache.
Djokovic is saving them, then giving them away. He throws his hands up, Candi Staton-style. Another chance for Murray...
What's in that new racquet? The serve digs Djokovic out of trouble, sending Murray to all corners of Canada. Still life in this game, mind. Djokovic to the net, Murray another chance...
Murray still muttering, getting up close and personal with a cameraman that is placed next to a line judge. That camera chap needs to be careful. Hello, Djokovic sends down a serve wider than Steve Harmison at Brisbane as the Murray charge gathers pace. 15-30. Double fault! Djokovic looks at his racquet. Workmen and tools. Two break points to Murray...
Rattling along now, a rejuvenated Murray holding in the blink of an eye. You couldn't get a sheet of newspaper between these two in the first set, now they are tearing strips off each other.
Mind you, Murray hasn't lost any match this season when he has won the first set. 47-0. Just like that, the Scot is moving a little more freely, even if Djokovic seals a hold to 15 with an ace that hits the wall before Murray has twitched. Crowd getting louder.
If you can't move, just belt aces. Wide on the deuce side, wide on the ad side, Murray on the board in the second. I wonder, though, if Djokovic smells blood.
Hmmmm, he might be 40-0 up, but Murray is definitely not moving as well as he did in the first set. Yep, his movement towards the net there is a token gesture, almost waving it by for 40-30. Now deuce as the Murray forehand fails, lean on the racquet for support, mutter mutter. Miles too early to say the wheels are coming off, but the nuts might just be loosening.
That momentum switch you felt in the first set, the one that made the decisive Murray break such a surprise, is in full swing now. Djokovic is two games to the good in this set without losing a point and Murray isn't even bothering to run. Some fans are waving Serbia flags in the crowd. They've got a bit to cheer, too.
Murray can't believe that a belting Djokovic forehand has clipped the line, sealing a break to love. Murray's limping too. The Scot mutters to himself, Djokovic looks as relaxed as a man with two Slams and four Masters this year might.
Fissuh Kelelom: It feels like years since I saw Murray beat Djokovic. Come on Andy. Do it again.
Jiten Chandarana: The benefit of serving first. Scoreboard pressure for Novak at 4-5, and now Murray serves first again in the 2nd set.
An hour and six for that first set. We could still be here tomorrow if this goes to three. Murray back with the balls at the start of set two, stretching with suspicion as a Djokovic smash makes it 0-30. Djokovic, now with a white cap on his head, passes for 0-40 and is set to strike early...
Andy Murray takes the first set! Novak Djokovic's fight back seemed to have it heading only one way, but Murray has nipped in at the last. The Djokovic errors continue, surrendering with a netted forehand. After eight straight defeats, Murray is halfway to ending his Djokovic hoodoo.
Slicey-dicey, more spin than a Test match in India, Djokovic drawn in to be passed for 15-30. Chance for Murray. Make that a big chance for Murray, Djokovic netting with a backhand. Fist pump from Murray's coach Jonas Bjorkman. Two set points...
Djokovic has gradually got further into the court as he's got back in this match. Back out of his chair, he's serving to stay in the first set.
Now Djokovic is pointing at the line as Murray saves. To clarify, the umpire was so adamant that the previous Murray serve was long, Murray did not challenge. It's a good job Murray battles to a hold, or you feel we'd have been talking about that chair error for a little while. We're past the hour mark.
Murray, remember, had two break points when he was 4-1 up. Is he feeling the heat in the Montreal sunshine? Terse exchange with the umpire after a serve is called long. "You can do whatever you like, but it's definitely long," says the chair. "I'm aware of that," says Murray. You know what? It wasn't long. That would have sealed the game for Murray. From 40-15 down, Djokovic has break point...
Levels you devils, Djokovic sealing his third successive game with a backhand that defies geometry. Murray, all stubble and white cap, needs a response. Big game coming up, you fancy.
If you can't get it past him, hit it at him. Murray releases some frustration by belting a backhand at Djokovic, following that up with some balletic movement to go 15-30 up. Djokovic, though, has steel in his eyes. Forehand winner, ace past the stretching Murray forehand. Deuce. Crowd invested in this.
From looking ready to implode and go 5-2 down, Djokovic is back in this set. What more do you expect from the world number one? From being so close to the set he could taste it, Murray surrenders his hard-earned advantage with a lengthy backhand. Serbian momentum.
Murray's first serve is spring-loaded, while Djokovic errors are adding up. A simple volley from the net long, his trips forward have only a 75% success rate, while Murray has a perfect record. A little forehand sloppiness has Murray cross with himself, with some magic from both men sending the game into overtime. Lobs, backhand smash, scamper, forward, back. Murray eventually netting. These men are illusionists, not tennis players. After that, Djokovic earns himself a break point...
Stuie Neale: Cracking pace on the forehand from Andy
Sarah Collins: Murray v Djokovic final, the squeaky shoes are driving me crazy!
Djokovic gets out of there alive, winning probably his biggest point of the match so far when a Murray backhand goes wide. A platform to get back in this first set, or a delay of the inevitable?
Djokovic pulls out some power when he needs it, serving twice to the Murray forehand and saving those two break points. When Murray does get it back, we're treated to the symphony of the squeaky shoes, the soundtrack to tennis on hard courts. Is there not a shoe manufacturer out there that sees a gap in the market for quiet trainers? Errors from both men. Deuce.
It almost seems as if Andy Murray knows what Novak Djokovic is going to do before Novak does. A drop shot read, then a Serbian smash missed. 0-30. Hats and fans as the spectators wilt in the sun, Djokovic on the run and long with a forehand. 15-140, two break points. Montreal stunned into silence, then clapping encouragement.
Ross McD: Murray needed that break. Winning the first set is going to be pivotal for him tonight.
Murray, though, is winning all the big points thanks to a show of aggression. An ace, then a trip to the net that screams "thou shalt not pass". The Briton is all over this first set.
Murray has got Djokovic running all over Canada here, coast to coast. He's forward and back, too, the Briton, blowing hard as Djokovic goes wide for 30-15. Djokovic, white sweat band never far from his brow, keeps in the game, but an 11th unforced error gives Murray the opportunity to get to his chair 4-1 up. Missed thanks to the Serb gobbling up a tentative second serve. Deuce.
Muneeb Farrukh: Thumping semi final win for Murray against Kei and so his confidence level must be sky high. Tough job ahead for Nole
Andrew Priestley: This is a big evening for Andy Murray and his hopes over the next year or so. He needs a win over Djokovic for his own mentality
It took six attempts, but Murray has broken the Djokovic serve. A game that began last month is ended when a Serbian squash shot just travels long of the lines. An opportunity for Murray to take firm control of the set. Djokovic, it has to be said, looks ruffled.
A fourth Murray break point comes and goes with a floaty backhand slice landing long. We're at deuce number four.
Still, though, Murray is oozing power. Djokovic yields into the net and Murray has a fifth chance to break, again gone with one that catches the tape. Deuce five.
It's the balls I feel sorry for. They are being battered by forehands that would rock Wladimir Klitschko. Djokovic has a little trip to the net of his own to save the third break point, then gets his nose ahead with some raw power. A lob lands a lick of paint long to send us on again. Settle in, we might be a while.
One saved, Djokovic grumbling at a Murray challenge. "It's out anyway," says the umpire. Grumpy Novak sends Murray out wide and tidies up at the net to save the second. Deuce.
Murray, though, is everywhere, another deep return, to the net for a simple volley. Break point three...
It's windy, the swirling gusts being picked up by the effects microphones on the side of the court. Throw in the heat and it must be like playing in a tumble dryer. Murray, pristine white T-shirt, is finding some arrowing returns, targeting Djokovic's laces for 15-30. Then the long engagement, Murray dropping, Djokovic scampering. Surely a simple pass? Long! Two break points for Murray...
After eight minutes and three lots of deuce, Murray finally holds. He's sending down some big uns, but Djokovic is giving an early hint that he may have more answers than his Scottish opponent right now. They have a seat, watched by an army of ball boys in red. They look like they've been pinched from a fast food restaurant.
If he's frustrated by that call, Djokovic is taking out his ire with the sort of forehand that could cause tremors. Murray under pressure at 40-40, only for Djokovic to shank a return of a second serve. Marathon rally when Murray has game point, backhand to backhand, ooohs and aaahs from the crowd. Murray goes long after 25 strokes. On we go at deuce.
Early controversy. Djokovic can't believe a Murray serve has been called in, despite the ball-tracker showing that it landed just wide. The whole stadium has seen the graphic, so the Serb takes it up with the chair. "We go with the words," says the umpire. To be honest, I think Djokovic has a point. Boos from the crowd, although it's not clear if that's for the call or Novak's reaction. Anyway, 30-30...
Hello, what have we here? Murray climbs into Djokovic's first serve of the match, virtually running at it and wrapping up the point with a lovely backhand cross-court. 0-15 is an advantage that is short-lived, though, and Murray doesn't take another point. No more aggression on the return, either. How curious.
Murray at the far end as we look, serve in good order early on. Djokovic on the stretch, unable to get it back to allow the Scot to sprint to 40-0. A cross-court backhand return is a little warning from the world number one, but, ultimately, a hold to 15 is routine.
It is el scorchio in Montreal. There's a thermometer on the side of the court that is showing the highest possible reading. I think it might be on the blink. Murray has the balls. Here we go...
Jiten Chandarana: Good start, finally Murray serves first having won the coin toss. Avoid scoreboard pressure, especially at 4-5, 5-6.
Djokvoic, by the way, is chasing a 25th Masters title. Only Rafael Nadal, with 27, has more. The Serb has not lost a Masters final for three years. Murray has won the toss and will serve first.
The players get a good talking to from the umpire before the coin toss. "No more than 25 seconds between points, you get longer in your chair because of television and we have ice towels.".
Djokovic had a kit-carrier of his own. Each player also had another youngster carrying a tube of balls. That was the gig you wanted - balls much easier than lugging racquets, drinks and spare shoes.
The players are walking out into the Canadian sunshine, Murray is in a white T-shirt, white cap and black shorts. His kit is on the back of a young lad, who is small enough to live inside that bag. Djokovic next in grey and white. Huge cheer for the world number one.
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Others need no hype whatsoever, which brings me to the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic. The world number one v the (soon to be) world number two, two weeks before the final Grand Slam of the year.
No hype. Just the action.
Some things needs hyping to get you to care even a jot. The latest Mission Impossible sequel. Stereophonics' new album. Champions League Twenty20 cricket.
A Google search on the "definition of hype" returns the following: "extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion".