Murray saves five match points to reach Doha final

February 25, 2023 6:45 am

[Source: Reuters]

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said the ‘Law of Averages’ had finally swung in his favour after he saved five match points to defeat Jiri Lehecka at the Qatar Open and reach a first ATP Tour final since June last year.

Wild card Murray beat his Czech opponent 6-0 3-6 7-6(6), fighting back from 5-3 down in the decider. He will face third seed Daniil Medvedev in the final after the Russian beat Canada’s second-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 7-6(7).

The 35-year-old Briton has shown great resilience during his run to the showpiece match in Doha and his latest victory was his fourth three-set win in four games, which included comeback wins over Lorenzo Sonego and Alexandre Muller.

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Asked how he managed to close out the narrow victories, Murray pointed to learning from defeats last season, telling reporters: “One of the great things about the scoring system in this sport is things can change very quickly.

“I had multiple conversations with my team in the middle to the end part of last year, and I lost lots of close matches.

“I said, ‘As soon as I start winning some, then that’s going to change quickly because of the law of averages, really, like I couldn’t keep losing that many matches’.

“If I kept working hard and kept improving just a little bit, then those matches would change. So I’m glad that I was right with that, and I hope it continues.”