Mur­ray claims Vienna ti­tle to stay on course for No.1

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ANDY MUR­RAY’S charge to­wards the world num­ber one rank­ing con­tin­ued as he beat French­man Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga 6-3 7-6(6) to claim the Vienna Open ti­tle yes­ter­day.

The Bri­ton, seek­ing to end Ser­bian No­vak Djokovic’s stran­gle­hold on the No. 1 spot by the end of the year, was cruis­ing to­wards his third con­sec­u­tive ti­tle be­fore Tsonga turned the match into a real fight.

Mur­ray was 3-1 ahead in the sec­ond set and had three break points to move 4-1 ahead but Tsonga dug in and be­gan to play some stun­ning ten­nis to the de­light of the crowd.

Tsonga broke for the first time to level the set at 4-4 when Mur­ray made a rare un­forced er­ror and be­gan hit­ting with fe­ro­cious power to shake the Scot.

The 29-year-old Mur­ray failed to con­vert his first match point when he net­ted a fore­hand re­turn but set up an­other with a bril­liant flicked back­hand down the line off a cute Tsonga drop­shot. He then nailed a first serve to com­plete vic­tory and se­cure a ca­reerbest sev­enth ti­tle of the sea­son.

Mur­ray’s 15th con­sec­u­tive match win means he could over­take Djokovic by win­ning next week’s Paris Masters be­fore the sea­son con­cludes at the ATP World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don. – Reuters

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