Mur­ray sur­vives match point to beat Raonic

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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

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