Murray Saves 7 Match Points In Dubai Win Over Kohlschreiber

04 March, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Fernando Verdasco serves against Robin Haase in the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships

One particular shot to save the first match point of the tie breaker was described by Murray's former coach Mark Petchey as "the best of his career", while the breaker went on for so long that the players and umpires lost track of protocol and forgot to switch ends.

Murray fended off one match point with a ridiculous drop shot down 8-9.

And the nature of the first set appeared to dent Pouille's confidence, with Murray storming into a 5-0 lead in the second.

"Andy is No 1 in the world - what can I say about him?", said Verdasco, 33, after his 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1 win over Dutchman Robin Haase in the first semis.

Murray's miraculous escape in the second set proved too much for Kohlschreiber to recover from, with the relieved British star making short work of the third set to reach the semi-finals.

The British tennis ace survived another potential big upset of the event after second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed and 18-time Grand slam victor Roger Federer both were eliminated in the previous matches. Murray remains still a taboo for Pouille, who had lost all the three matches played against Andy in 2016 without winning any set.

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"I've been playing on the tour for 11, 12 years now and nothing, nothing's been close to that".

"As the match went on, I started serving a bit better and that helped me".

"It's my ability to fight and stay on the match mentally after losing the second set that got me through today", Verdasco said at the post-match Press conference. It would be nice to pick up a win tomorrow, keep the momentum going into Indian Wells and Miami, which is a couple of tournaments where, especially Indian Wells, I really want to try to have a good run.

'And when he's dictating the points, he's one of the best in the world at doing that'.

Fans booking corporate hospitality for The Championships, Wimbledon may be hoping Murray can now push on to win the tournament, which would be the first this year after a mixed start.

Verdasco eliminated fourth-seeded Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 7-5 to advance.



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