Thanks to a David Ferrer left leg injury, Andy Murray had day off Saturday on what was supposed to be a semifinal showdown against the Spaniard in Vienna.
“I knew that David had an injury at the beginning of the week,” said Murray. “He played a very long match yesterday, so that was unfortunate for him. He’s one of the more robust players and doesn’t often have too many niggles. He must have been in quite a bit of pain. It’s unfortunate for him, but I’ll try to get ready for the final and use today as a rest day. It will be a hard match, but I’m motivated to finish the season strong. Being in another final after a tough week is good.”
Murray’s been very busy so the rest should be welcome Sunday when he meets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman saved a match point to edge Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(6).
Karlovic led with a break in both the second in the third set breaker had two service points at 5-4 and then a match point at 6-5.
This will be the 16th meeting between Murray and Tsonga with the Scot winning the last four. Murray leads 13-2 and took their only previous final meeting at 2011 Queen’s in three sets.
Murray will appear in his 11th final of the year, seeking a seventh title. 2011 tournament champion Tsonga is appearing in his first ATP final since last September when he captured his 12th career title in Metz beating Gilles Simon.
Murray has won 21 straight against Frenchmen since losing to Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals of Rotterdam in February 2015.
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