Andy Murray will seek his first career Beijing title against Grigor Dimitrov in the Sunday final. In the semifinals, Murray blasted past David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3.
“I was obviously 2-1 down with a break in the first set,” Murray said. “Played very well. Even the period in the second set where he came back a bit, when he broke me, there was a lot of long points. Really good tennis I thought.
“Thankfully got the break at 3-2. That was a big game because he had some chances to win that game. I had a couple of breakpoints. Got the momentum back on my side straightaway and finished it off pretty well.”
Dimitrov had an easier time of it thanks to a walkover from Milos Raonic who withdraw with a right ankle injury.
“Yesterday during my second match in the evening, early on in the match, I believe it was the third game, I rolled over my ankle, obviously caused it some level of a sprain,” Raonic assessed.
“I did a test this morning when showed I had a partial tear on the outside of my ankle. I was told to give it a try. I tried to warm up just before the match like I would normally, and I was unable to play. Therefore, it seemed to be the correct decision to have to withdraw from this match I was looking forward to this evening.”
Dimitrov is into his 9th career final, Murray his 40th.
“He’s been playing a lot better obviously the last few months,” Murray said of the Bulgarian. “He’s like 15 in the Race just now. For someone who has what a lot of people would describe as a poor year for him, 15 is still pretty good.
“He’s got high ambitions, I’m sure. The last few months, he’s done well. He had obviously a very good win against Rafa yesterday. It will be a hard match.”
Murray has won seven of 10 against Dimitrov.
“I see him as being a very, very tough player because he plays well on all of the surfaces,” Murray added. “He moves well. He has good hands, so he can get himself out of difficult situations or difficult positions on the court.”
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