Andy Murray saved a personal-best five matchpoints to win his first title in over 14 months earlier today defeating Tommy Robredo 57, 76(9), 61 in the final at Shenzhen. The 32-year-old Robredo led Murray by a set and 6-2 in the second set breaker before the Scot turned it around.
“I got lucky, basically, at the end of the second set,” Murray said. “I fought hard, tried my best and thankfully managed to turn it round. Tommy had a great tournament; he probably deserved to win the match today. He had the opportunities in the second set, but sometimes that happens in sport. I just tried to fight till the end.
“[On the match points] I tried to get as many balls back in play as I could. I missed three or four balls in the tie-break by very little. I was frustrated to be in that position, but thankfully managed to turn it around. In those situations you need some luck.”
The win was Murray’s first title, 29th of his career, since his big 2013 Wimbledon victory. And with hopes of returning for the London event, Murray knows he may have to win a few more tournaments this fall.
“It’s been a long time since I won a tournament. The way that the match was won doesn’t happen very often. It’s rare to win a match like that. I was very close to losing. It was an emotional week for me. I managed to fight my way through it, win the title, and hopefully I can win another one before the end of the year.”
Said Robredo, “When you finish second in a tournament it’s always great. In a match like today that was so close, it’s tough to accept it. But Andy did a great job. He was pushing right till the end and in the end, he deserved it. It was a good experience to learn from. I will keep working and hopefully next time I can win. It was a good week and hopefully next week I can be ready to play as well.”
Murray, who is up to No. 11 in the ATP Race for LOndon. will make the short trip to Beijing for this week’s China Open where Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are also playing.
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