Andy Murray does it again as he saves five match points to reach final – ‘One of the most amazing turnarounds’

A delighted Andy Murray Credit: Alamy
A delighted Andy Murray Credit: Alamy

The Andy Murray marathon series of 2023 continues as the former world No 1 has pulled off yet another remarkable victory to reach the final of the Qatar Open.

Murray has played eight matches so far this season and six of them have gone to a deciding set with four of those matches coming in Doha this week.

The three-time Grand Slam winner saved five match points in his semi-final against Jiri Lehecka to reach his first ATP Tour final since Stuttgart in June last year.

Friday’s clash against rising star Lehecka was another rollercoaster affair for the 35-year-old as he bagelled the Czech in the first set, but then lost his way and it went to a third set.

Lehecka was in charge and served for the match at 5-4, but Murray conjured up some magic and managed to come away with a 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory in two hours and 31 minutes.

After getting demolished in the opening set, Lehecka broke in the second game of the second set and then served out the set before a break in game three of the decider edged him ahead. Murray, though, hit back immediately only for Lehecka to break again – this time to love – to go 3-2 up, which eventually became 5-3.

He then had two match points on the Murray serve in game nine, but the Scot held firm. Serving for the match in game 10, he had another three match points saved as Murray got back on serve.

It eventually went to the tie-breaker and Murray just edged it to book his place in Sunday’s final where he will face either Daniil Medvedev or Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Asked to explain his latest comeback after the match, Murray said: “I don’t know. That was one of the most amazing turnarounds I’ve had in my career.

“He obviously had the three match points at 5-4 but I also think when I was serving at 5-3 and yeah, I don’t know.”

Murray, who is looking to win his first title since Antwerp in 2019, also saved three match points against Lorenzo Sonego in his opening match in Qatar this week.

At the Australian Open he saved a match point against Matteo Berrettini to win his opening match and came back from two sets down against Thanasi Kokkinakis to reach the third round.

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