Murray survives match point to beat Raonic
Andy Murray survived a match point to keep alive his chances of finishing the year as the top-ranked player by defeating Milos Raonic 5-7, 76 (5), 7-6 (9) yesterday in the semifinals of the ATP finals.
After squandering chances while serving for the match twice in the final set, Murray converted on his fourth match point at the tiebreaker to finally come through. The victory keeps him in position to secure his No. 1 ranking at the end of the season for the first time in his career.
Murray needed 3 hours, 38 minutes to beat Raonic in the longest ever three-setter in the ATP finals.
“Obviously it was unbelievably tough,” Murray said. “I had to fight very, very hard. Being broken twice serving for the match was frustrating. It was one of the harder matches I’ve played indoors. They are never this long. It was really tough.”
Murray may not need to win today’s final to reach his goal.
“I’m tired,” Murray said. “I’ve played so much tennis the last few months. I’ll just give my best effort tomorrow. It’s going to be tough, obviously, but I’ll give my best shot.”
Murray arrived at the tournament simply needing to do better than Djokovic to finish the year at No. 1, a position he has held since winning the Paris Masters this month.
He had won all six of his meetings with Raonic this year, including a straightsets victory in the Wimbledon final.
Andy Murray of Britain celebrates winning match point against Milos Raonic Photo: AP