Murray First to Win Two 2008 Titles After ATP Marseille Victory
Posted on February 17, 2008
Andy Murray will return to the Top 10 on Monday after becoming the first two-time title winner in 2008, on Sunday defeating Croat Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic 6-3, 6-4 for the Open 13 title in Marseille.
Murray saved five break points to serve out the first set, and came back from a break down in the second.
"It was very high standard, I hit some really important shots on the big points, especially at the end of the first set," Murray said. "I think, when you can hit a lot of different shots it makes it more enjoyable to play, and to watch as well. I thought it was a good match and I enjoyed it."
Ancic, ranked outside the Top 100 entering the event, was playing his first event of the year after being sidelined with a stomach illness.
"It was a great level of play today," Ancic said. "Andy played very well and very solid. I think he didn't do a single unforced error. I think he showed today why he is already one of the best players on the tour. It's a bit sad that I missed some chances when I had a break in the second set."
Murray had a poor showing at the Australian Open, but his two titles leave him at 10-1 thus far on the year.
"For me, the ranking to look at this year is the race, not the ATP entry rankings. Purely because I did miss three and a half months of the year," Murray said. "As long as I am in and around the Top 10 the next few months I'm happy. I think if I play like I did I am going to win matches and the points will take care of themselves. I've missed a couple of Grand Slams last year and also a couple of Masters Series and when I came back I wasn't really ready in Cincinnati and Montreal. So regardless of the next few months, I need to focus on the race because my ranking could go like this (up and down) over the next couple of months. But hopefully once I stop having to defend I'll start moving up."
Ancic also missed nearly six months with mononucleosis in 2007 and is looking to regain his former Top 10 standing.
"I'm very happy. This is a big, big week for me," Ancic said. "If somebody told me before the first round that I would lose and stay healthy I would have signed that straight away. This is a big comeback for me. Even though I lost today this was a great match for me. Of course there's still room to improve. Right now I just need a court, an umpire and four balls and I'm happy."