Andy Murray reveals his secret to pulling rabbits out of a hat as he eyes final win over Daniil Medvedev

Andy Murray on court Credit: Alamy
Andy Murray on court Credit: Alamy

Calmness, experience in tricky situation and getting in the opponent’s head are some of the ingredients that make for a brilliant comeback, according to Andy Murray.

After winning two five-set marathon matches at the Australian Open, Murray has been at it again in Doha this week as all four of his matches have gone the distance.

He saved three matches against Lorenzo Sonego in his opener and saved another five match points during his 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) semi-final win over Jiri Lehecka on Friday and his latest win earned him a place in the Qatar Open final against Daniil Medvedev.

So how exactly does the 35-year-old manage to pull so many rabbits out of the hat?

“One of the great things about the scoring system in this sport is things can change very quickly,” the three-time Grand Slam winner said.

“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.”

Naturally once you pull off one win from a difficult situation then a few others follow.

He added: “There is a certain calmness to those situations, because you have been in them a lot in a short period of time. You know how you need to try and play and it becomes a little bit of a habit.

“Maybe it’s a little bit in the back of the opponent’s mind, as well. There have been periods where someone like Novak [Djokovic] has come back from very difficult situations, and it has appeared that players think about it a little when they are getting close to the finish line.

“That’s something that I’m feeling a bit just now, and obviously I will try to keep that going.”

Murray is looking to win his 47th ATP Tour singles title, but it won’t be an easy match against Medvedev.

The Russian leads their head-to-head 2-0 and he looked impressive during his solid 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Medvedev, who is looking to make it back-to-back titles after winning the Rotterdam Open last week, knows he can’t drop his guard against the former world No 1 in the final.

“It’s unbelievable [what Murray has done this week],” he told the official ATP Tour website.

“As soon as someone arrives at match point, that’s where the match starts. So I have to be at my best from the first to the last point tomorrow to try to beat him.

“He’s a legend. He’s playing better and better, I feel like, not only here but in general. This is amazing to see. He’s fighting. Today was just unbelievable, the way he won, so I’m really happy to face him tomorrow.”

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