Murray: ‘One of the greatest turns of my career’ as he made it to the final in Qatar

Andy Murray Looking to end an incredible week, he faces Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Qatar Open.

After accumulating five match points to beat Jiri Lehecka on FridayBeating the Russian and old world No 1 will bring the Scottish their first ATP Tour title since Antwerp in 2019.

Murray is a big underdog today for most of this week after a good string of victories against Lorenzo Sonego, Alexander Zverev, Alexandre Muller and Lehecka.

2021 US Open champion Medvedev defeated Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime in consecutive sets in the semifinals.

The Russian has a career record 2-0 against Murray, both on a hard outdoor court, most recently in Miami (6-4, 6-2) last year. Follow the live compilation for Murray vs. Medvedev In the following Qatar Open final:


Qatar Open: Andy Murray explains why he plays so many marathon matches

“Yeah, well, frankly I think I could help myself more by starting the game faster today, but also, you know, if I look at some of the players I’ve played against this year, you know, they’re not easy games.

“Zverev was accepted, he’s coming back from injury but it’s still a very difficult match. I think Sonego can play very well in these conditions. I think he had a solid game the night before. Berrettini’s in the first round of the Australian Open, it’s never going to be easy.

“Yeah, like I said, of course I would like to play faster but, you know, sometimes that’s the way it is and I’m sure it won’t last for the rest of the season. I’m just going through a tough time.”

Jack RathbornFebruary 25, 2023 14:52


Qatar Open final: Andy Murray – Daniil Medvedev

So who’s ready for another Murray roller coaster?

An incredible run in Qatar ends today with the biggest test.

Today Murray will win 9/2, Medvedev is very short with 1/8.

If you think Murray can save a match point AND win, you can support it at 20/1.

Jack RathbornFebruary 25, 2023 14:39


Qatar Open: Andy Murray on the art of scoring match points

“There’s a certain calmness in situations like this because you’ve been in a lot of these situations in a short amount of time,” Andy Murray said of the key game points saved.

“You know how to try and play, and it becomes a bit of a habit.”


Jack RathbornFebruary 25, 2023 14:26


Carlos Alcaraz expects to fight Novak Djokovic for world No. 1

Carlos Alcaraz insists there is no “pressure” to challenge Novak Djokovic for world No.

Alcaraz said, “I’m not a kid or an actor who is happy with the little things.

“I always want more and we will look for it this week. The truth is I don’t feel any pressure to fight to be #1 with (Novak) Djokovic.

“To be honest, I hope to have a good year with good tournaments. I will be under some pressure because I will defend some important matches and play at a great level.

“But as I’ve said before, I’m going to have to play a game and enjoy it more than get results. That’s what I’m hoping for.”


Jack RathbornFebruary 25, 2023 14:18


Novak Djokovic refuses to call Carlos Alcaraz ‘biggest rival’

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has quelled rumors of a rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz, insisting that Rafael Nadal still deserves to be his “biggest rival” on the ATP Tour.

“Alcaraz is playing at a great level,” Djokovic said in Belgrade. “I mean, especially after being out of the tour for months due to the injuries he was struggling with.

“It’s amazing how he quickly finds the top level. That’s actually a hallmark of a mature player. He doesn’t have a lot of experience, but he’s mature from a very early age and the way he handles himself on and off the court.

“He’s a great guy and has a team of very good people around him. It deserves all its success and I think it brings a new, fresh energy to tennis, you know. She is a very dynamic actress and personality and is well-liked all over the world. So he deserves everything.

“I wouldn’t call him my main competitor. My main competitor is still Nadal, you know, even though Alcaraz is clearly 2nd (world ranking). It was #1, won a Slam.

“It’s arguably the next biggest thing in our sport, or it’s already there. I think the rivalry with Nadal is a hard thing to remove because someone has been doing great things for the past year and a half that I had in my career.

Carlos Alcaraz at work in Rio de Janeiro


Jack RathbornFebruary 25, 2023 14:12


Qatar Open: Judy Murray reacts to Andy Murray’s semi-final win

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Jack RathbornFebruary 25, 2023 14:05


Novak Djokovic hopes to get special permission to play for Indian Wells and Miami

number one in the world Novak Djokovic He hopes to be given special permission to play in future tournaments. indian wells and Miami.

Djokovic is currently unable to enter the United States as he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19.

However, as the current restrictions expire in April, Djokovic is seeking an exemption to enter the country and play ‘Sunshine Double’.

“I’m waiting for an answer, it’s not on me. I’ll find out soon,” Djokovic, who has not played in the United States since 2021, said at a press conference in Belgrade on Wednesday. “Everything is in process. I am grateful for the public support of the Indian Wells and Miami tournament and their communities.

“They want me to be able to play in their tournament. I am very grateful for that because I have a great desire to be there, I haven’t played there in a few years. I look forward to a positive decision soon, but it is out of my hands. That’s all I can say right now.

“All I can do right now is hope. My position is the same, I wish for a positive outcome.”

Novak Djokovic hopes to play in the coming weeks


Jack Rathborn25 February 2023 14:00


Qatar Open: Andy Murray reacts to reaching final

“I don’t know, it was one of the greatest turns in my career,” he said.

“I knew it was the first time he was serving for a final, so I had to keep the pressure on because I know how hard it is to serve games like this, but I have no idea how to reverse that.

“Although it seems like the adrenaline is pumping after a game like this, I feel good right now.

“I’m sure there will be some fatigue tomorrow but I have a great team behind me. My physio has a job tonight.

Andy Murray in the final in Doha (Steve Welsh/PA)

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Jack RathbornFebruary 25, 2023 13:50


Andy Murray saves five match points to reach Qatar Open final

Andy Murray He somehow saved five match points in another marathon match to reach the Qatar Open final.

The two-time Wimbledon champion, with a staggering 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (6) win over rising Czech star Jiri Lehecka, all six of his wins this year have gone into the decisive sets – again he’s come the distance.

Serving 5-3 behind in the deciding tier, Murray had to save two match points before Lehecka took a 40-0 lead on his own serve in the next game.

What happened next wasn’t very believable, even by Murray’s standards, as he beat all three match points to equalize the set 5-5 and then beat a baffled Lehecka in the tiebreak.

“I don’t know, that was one of the greatest turns in my career,” the 35-year-old Scot said on Amazon Prime.

Jack RathbornFebruary 25, 2023 13:42