Kvitova, Murray, Nishikori Win WTA/ATP Titles

by Staff | September 28th, 2014, 6:40 pm

Murray Saves Match Points, Wins 1st Title in 15 Months

Andy Murray ended a 15-month title drought and boosted his chances of qualifying for the ATP year-end championships after coming from a set down to defeat Tommy Robredo 5-7, 7-6(9), 6-1 in the final of the Shenzhen Open in China.
“The way that the match was won doesn’t happen very often,” said Murray after saving five match points. “It’s rare to win a match like that. I was very close to losing. It was an emotional week for me.”

The 27-year-old Murray improved to 29-14 in career finals, while Robredo fell to 0-2 in finals in 2014. “In a match like today that was so close, it’s tough to accept it,” Robredo said. “But Andy did a great job. He was pushing right ’til the end and in the end, he deserved it. It was a good experience to learn from.”

Hot Nishikori Continues Run, Wins Kuala Lumpur

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori picked up right where he last left off in the US Open final, this weekend capturing the Malaysian Open title in Kuala Lumpur with a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over No. 4 seed Julien Benneteau.

“It was a really tough start, because he was playing so aggressive,” Nishikori said. “I was waiting for my opportunity. I had so many break points and I couldn’t take them. In the last game, he got a little bit tight and I took my chance…It wasn’t my best tennis, but it’s good to win like this.”

It was the third title of the year for the 24-year-old in four finals. Benneteau, appearing in the Kuala Lumpur final for the third consecutive year, dropped to 0-10 in career finals.

Kvitova Downs Bouchard for Inaugural Wuhan Crown

Petra Kvitova continued her domination over Genie Bouchard, in a repeat of the Wimbledon final beating the Canadian over the weekend 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in China.

“Congratulations to Genie,” said Kvitova, who with the win locked-up a spot at the WTA year-end championships. “I know everybody wished to have Li Na here standing with us, but we will remember her with this trophy.”

Kvitova improved to 3-0 career against Bouchard, winning her third title of the year and 14th of her career. Bouchard fell to 1-2 in finals in 2014.

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5 Comments for Kvitova, Murray, Nishikori Win WTA/ATP Titles

Colin Says:

I wonder if that win over Bouchard could be an important breakthrough for Kvitova. She ought to be thinking “Hey, I can play really well on a hard court – I don’t have to wait for Wimbledon, and mark time the rest of the year”. I hope so, because at her best she’s the most spectacular player not named Williams.

Thangs Says:

Congrats Kvitova! Hope she clinches tour finals , repeating 2011. I am hoping for a deep run at AO 2015.

Margot Says:

Well done Andy, good win after a very difficult week. Small steps.
And well played Kvitova. Like her very much but, oh boy, she’s almost as difficult to be a fan of as Andy!
Congrats to Kei too.

RZ Says:

Yay for Andy – getting back on track! Congrats to Petra and Kei too.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great results for men’s tennis, the best we could hope for, in terms of solidifying real challengers for the top trophies.
robredo is really showing a new level since his ‘freak’ USO win a year ago.

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