Murray tops Kohlschreiber after saving 7 match points
Redacción Agencias | 3/3/2017, 8:27 a.m.
Scottish world No. 1 Andy Murray saved seven match points in an epic second-set tiebreaker before going on to defeat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (20-18), 6-1 Thursday night at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The win puts Murray in the semifinals of this hard-court event and keeps alive his hopes of capturing his first title of 2017.
Murray seemed to be in firm control of the match when he went up 5-3 in the second set, but things became complicated when he dropped serve in the ninth game.
The set came down to a marathon tiebreaker in which Kohlschreiber had seven match points, two of them on his own serve.
On the German's first match point, the top seed hit a seeing-eye drop shot that barely cleared the net before bounding almost sideways off the court to make the score 9-9.
But the tiebreaker wasn't even halfway over at that point and went past the 30-minute mark before Murray finally came out on top.
The Kohlschreiber threat effectively ended after the second set, with Murray taking the decider easily to run his career record against the German to 5-1.
"It's obviously a special match to win because of how it went," Murray was quoted as saying on the ATP World Tour's Web site. "I'll probably never play another tie-break like that again. I have been playing on the tour for 11, 12 years now, and nothing's been close to that."
Next up for Murray in Friday's semifinals will be either Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy, who stunned third-seeded Swiss Roger Federer on Wednesday, or seventh-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille.