Murray Reaches First ATP Final In 14 Months; Nishikori Strong In Kuala Lumpur
by Staff | September 27th, 2014, 11:34 am

Andy Murray advanced to his first ATP final since his 2013 Wimbledon title. The 2-time Slam champion needed three sets to turn away Juan Monaco 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals at the new tournament in Shenzhen.

“He started the match well,” said Murray. “I was struggling a little bit with my timing. Obviously, the conditions were very hard today. But I feel good and I’m into my first final for a while. I’ll try tomorrow. Hopefully it’ll be a good match. Robredo’s been playing some good tennis this year, so it’ll be tough. I’m enjoying myself here and winning always helps.

“It’s been a tough year for me. The first few months coming back from surgery were hard, then I lost a bit of confidence. But I’ve felt better the past few months and hopefully I can have a strong end to the season.”

Murray will meet Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo who breezed past Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 6-4.

Against the 32-year-old Robredo, Murray leads 3-2 having won their last three meetings. Robredo is seeking his 13th career ATP title and just his second on hardcourts since 2007 Metz.

In Kuala Lumpur, US Open finalist Kei Nishikori strengthened his London qualifying bid by edging Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

“Today was a little bit tough because he was playing well in the second set,” said Nishikori who seeks a third title on the year. “Maybe I relaxed a little bit. I had a couple of unforced errors in the last game of the second set. I tried to concentrate again and focus in the first couple of games in the third set. Everything worked well after that and I finished well, so I’m very happy.

“The crowd is amazing. I feel like I’m playing in Japan. It’s always fun on the court with this crowd. I’m very happy to play in front of them.”

Nishikori has now won 10 of his last 11 matches.

Across the net from Nishikori will be Julien Benneteau. For a second straight year the hard-luck Frenchman will have a shot at his first career title (he’s 0-9 in ATP finals). Benneteau, who lost to Joao Sousa in the final a year ago, won his semifinal over Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4.

“I play well here,” said Benneteau. “I like the conditions and this year I think it’s a little bit faster. I’m very excited and happy the way I’m playing. I’ve given myself another chance to win a title.”

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23 Comments for Murray Reaches First ATP Final In 14 Months; Nishikori Strong In Kuala Lumpur

Humble Rafa Says:

Who is Murray? Why is his gf so old?

Margot Says:

Yay! A troohy at long, long last!
@ the DA
OMG that tie br8! Have NO nails left!

Hippy Chick Says:

Margot yay Andy,what a pair of bollocks he showed in that tiebreak,sorry about Robredo who was struggling with injury in that third set….

Margot Says:

Andy obviously needs 2.40 hours in baking heat and humidity before he warms up ;)
Think Tommy had stuffing knocked out of him in that tie tbh. How many match points did Andy save?
High anxiety!

FedExpress Says:

just retire benneteau. lost all 10 finals.

instead of beating gulbis all the time he should take advice from gulbis how to win finals . gulbis is 6 off 6 i think

the DA Says:

@Margot – Tell me about it. I was throwing pillows and swearing at my computer stream. I know this is just a ATP250 but the manner in which he won – despite playing badly & fighting conditions as well as saving 5 MPs – could be quite significant. I almost wanted this for him more than the Miami masters last year.

Lastly, did you notice all his emotion? That wasn’t just the win: as he stated in his interview, it was also due to it having “been a tough week”. Clearly the fallout from his #indyref tweet has affected him quite deeply. :( It explains a lot. People think he’s tough and aloof but he’s really quite ’emo’.

Drat, I just saw Nishikori win. Poor Benny, 3rd consecutive KL final and nada. I’m normally a Kei fan but this is just complicating the race. grrr ;)

Hippy Chick Says:

Aww so sweet Andy saying how much he loves Kim,behind every great man lies a great woman,hope Andy takes this forward for the remaining tournaments,but more importantly into next season and the AO….

Margot Says:

@the DA
Yes, very emotional and tearful. Meant so much to him. Never seen him declare his love for Kim like that either, hope all is well. He’s probably just missing her a lot and, as you say, its been a tough week all round.
Just love him to pieces.

Brando Says:

Well done Andy. Did not watch the match but I am not surprised it wasn’t a easy task completing. 15 months without a title always meant that it would not be a straightforward task for obvious reasons. The more important good news: Andy is only 105 points behind Berdych in the race and presently lies 10th. Don’t forget he has nothing to defend also. Me thinks consistent runs in his remaining schedule- QF plus if possible- should be enough to qualify for WTF.

Hippy Chick Says:

Pleased for Kei although it doesnt do Murray any favours regards qualifying for London,sorry for Julien who has alot of talent,but cannot seem to crack the case when it comes to winning titles….

Colin Says:

What’s worrying me is, if Andy does manage to qualify for the WTF, will he have worn himself out doing so? If there are any more tiebreaks like that one, he’ll certainly have worn ME out!

the_mind_reels Says:

Congrats to Murray. I don’t know if Robredo was just out of gas towards the end of the third set, mentally broken (likely), or just getting beaten, but it’s disappointing to see someone walk around on the court the way he did at the end of the third set. He didn’t even make an effort down match point. Murray the more deserving player today.

jane Says:

congrats to andy and kei. i couldn’t watch, as finals were on in the middle of the night, but that’s good news for both.

jane Says:

the da, what is this tweet you speak of?

Hippy Chick Says:

Jane i could be wrong but im guessing its something to do with a fan tweeting Murray shouldve been killed the the Dunblane massacre,or words to that effect?say no more….

Hippy Chick Says:

Jane as Murrays your second favorite,im guessing you must be quite happy?

Hippy Chick Says:

Shouldve said at the end of my post @2.33pm with him voting for Scottish independence….

jane Says:

that’s horrible hippy. OH MY GOD. that kind of thing should be tracked down. :( yea i am happy for andy hippy; he’s gone through a lot, a very tumultuous year in many ways.

Hippy Chick Says:

Yep there are some pretty sick individuals out there….

Polo Says:

I’m going to tweet Andy to tell him there are so many people who appreciate him. For what it’s worth, I hope it can lessen the hurt from that evil tweet. Survivors of such tragedies carry a lot of pain (PTSD) and often feels some guilt about surviving while others did not.

Hippy Chick Says:

Polo aww nice post you just made me cry…

Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Andy and Kei, especially the Scot….wish I could have seen it, sounds like he was playing good…..glad he’s getting it back together! A big congrats to his ever so faithful fans…..probably the nice fan base on here! Go Andy go!

Margot Says:

Gr8 post. Thank you.

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