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Andy’s dandy in Rogers Cup win

  Andy Murray in action earlier this year at the Australian Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He avenged that loss at the Rogers Cup Aug. 16. Photograph by Brendan Dennis.

Andy Murray in action earlier this year at the Australian Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He avenged that loss at the Rogers Cup Aug. 16. Photograph by Brendan Dennis.

Kudos to Andy Murray – An-deeee – for his convincing victory over Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup in Montreal, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Andy had lost to Nole eight times previously so he needed this one. Now he’s back at No. 2 at a moment when he and wife Kim Sears are expecting a baby, due early next year. (As one site put it, looks like Andy’s following Nole’s example in more ways than one.)

Of all the Big Four rivalries – Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal (Fedal); Fed/Nole; Fed/Andy; Rafa/Andy; Rafanole; – Novandy, or perhaps that should be Nolandy, is one of everyone’s least favorite. Mais pourquoi? I saw Novandy play two years ago at Madison Square Garden for World Tennis Day and found it a delightful display of power tennis.

As for Nole’s loss, well, what can you say about a guy who’s lost only four matches all year? Granted, two were biggies – against Andy at the Rogers Cup and Stan “The Man” Wawrinka in the French Open final, but still, it wasn’t like they were first-rounders. And four losses against 56 wins? As my sisters would say, that’s crazy.

Even Serena Williams – who’s on target to become the first woman since Steffi Graf   to win the Grand Slam – went down in the semis in Montreal.

Nobody’s perfect – though Nole comes pretty close.