Medvedev Denies Murray For Doha Title, Extends Win Streak To Nine

by Staff | February 25th, 2023, 3:15 pm
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Andy Murray’s magical run in Doha came to an end as Daniil Medvedev topped the Scot 6-4, 6-4 in a match-up of former No. 1s.

“A tough match,” said Medvedev told the ATP. “It was a little bit windy today, so both of us were struggling to find our rhythm… Today was a big fight for both of us. Sometimes we were playing bad, then suddenly both of us were playing amazing, and I’m happy to win.”

Playing in his first Doha final, Medvedev set the tone in each set breaking Murray to get out to a lead.

The 27-year-old Russian finished with six aces, six doubles and broke Murray four times. He now leads Murray 2-0 in their head-to-head.

The 2-time champion Murray had saved match points in two matches leading up the final. He was seeking his first title since 2019 Antwerp.

“It was an incredible week,” Murray stated. “Obviously it didn’t finish how I wanted, but I had some amazing matches here, created some great memories. It was fantastic to be back in a final here again and against an incredible player today.

“Daniil is one of my favorite players to watch and one of the best players on the Tour. It’s great for me to get that opportunity to play against someone of his level in a final again. Definitely some things to work on, but I’m proud of my week and the work that me and my team have put in to get me back to this stage.”

Medvedev wins his 17th career title and second straight in as many weeks. He has won his last nine matches.

“I managed to find momentum in Rotterdam,” Medvedev added. “The first two matches I played there were tough. I didn’t feel good before that tournament, and then starting in the quarterfinals against Felix, I started to find my rhythm.

“I started to play really good. Serve better, move better. Today it was tough for Andy to put the balls through me many times, and now the question is can continue. I’m going to try as long as I can.”

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