Andy Murray saves five match points in Doha win

Andy Murray saves five match points to beat Jiri Lehecka in Doha

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Andy Murray saves five match points to beat Jiri Lehecka in Doha

Andy Murray saved five match points to pull off another thrilling three-set victory in Doha.

Murray rallied to beat Jiri Lehecka 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(6) on Friday evening to reach his first ATP Tour final since last June.

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“I don’t know [how I won],” said a disbelieving Murray after the match. “That was one of the most amazing turnarounds I’ve had in my career.”

In an engaging clash of generations and gamestyles, the determined defence and consistent baseline hitting of Murray prevailed in dramatic fashion against the greater power of 21-year-old Lehecka.

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The Briton recovered a 3-5 deficit in the final set, a comeback which included breaking Lehecka when trailing 4-5, 40/0 on the Czech’s serve.

“I knew it was his first time serving for a final, so I knew I had to try and keep the pressure on at the end,” Murray added.

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“I know how difficult it is to serve matches like that out, but I’ve no idea how I managed to turn that one round to be honest.”

Two-time Doha champion Murray converted his second match point to complete a two-hour, 29-minute victory.

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He struck just 17 winners to Lehecka’s 44, but also converted five of his nine break points.

It was the Briton’s fourth three-set win in as many matches this week in Qatar, where he has also gone the distance in victories against Lorenzo Sonego, Alexander Zverev and Alexandre Muller.

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The victory improved Murray’s record for 2023 to 6-2, with all six of his wins coming in deciding sets.

He will take on Daniil Medvedev in Saturday’s championship match, after the third seed later defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-6(7).

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