Andy Murray leaves tennis world in disbelief after 'miracle' win in Doha
The 35-year-old tennis champion saved five match points to beat Jiri Lehecka at the Qatar Open.
Andy Murray has sent the tennis world into meltdown after saving five match points to beat Jiri Lehecka and storm into the final in Doha. Murray was down 3-5 in the third set, but pulled off one of the most extraordinary comebacks of his career to prevail 6-0 3-6 7-6 (8-6).
Serving at 3-5, the 35-year-old had to save two match points before Lehecka moved 40-0 up on his own serve in the next game. But Murray somehow managed to fight off all three match points to level the set at 5-5, before beating a shell-shocked Lehecka in the tiebreak.
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"I don't know, that was one of the most amazing turnarounds I've had in my career," the Scot said on Amazon Prime. "I knew it was his first time serving for a final so I had to keep the pressure on because I know how difficult it can be to serve matches like that out, but I have no idea how I managed to turn that one around."
Murray has now reached the final of the Qatar Open a record five times, winning the title twice. He will play Daniil Medvedev in the final after the Russian beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 7-6 (9-7) in the other semi-final.
"This tournament has had many great players - (Roger) Federer, (Andy) Roddick, (Rafael) Nadal and Novak (Djokovic)," Murray said. "Those guys have obviously achieved a lot more than me so this is maybe one small win I can have over them."
Murray said he'd taken a lot out of some narrow defeats last season, adding: "One of the great things about the scoring system in this sport is things can change very quickly. I had multiple conversations with my team in the middle to the end part of last year, and I lost lots of close matches.
"I said, 'As soon as I start winning some, then that's going to change quickly because of the law of averages, really, like I couldn't keep losing that many matches'. If I kept working hard and kept improving just a little bit, then those matches would change. So I'm glad that I was right with that, and I hope it continues."
Tennis world in disbelief over Andy Murray victory
Murray played two brutal five-set matches at the Australian Open in January, and has played another 12 sets in Doha this week. His win over 21-year-old Lehecka came after another two-and-a-half hours on the court.
"I feel all right just now although obviously the adrenaline is pumping after a match like that," he said. "I'm sure there'll be a bit of fatigue tomorrow but I have a great team behind me. My physio has a job on his hands tonight."
If Murray beats Medvedev in the final it will be his first ATP title since Antwerp in October 2019, and a second since undergoing career-saving hip surgery. Fans and commentators were left gobsmacked by his comeback on Friday, with one TV commentator describing it as a 'miracle'.
It’s just incredible! Andy Murray comes back from 3-5 down and 4-5 0-40 down in the 3rd set, saving a total of FIVE match points to beat the in form Jiri Lehecka 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(6) to reach the final in Doha.
5th final in Doha
1st final since June
3rd win from MPs down in 2023 pic.twitter.com/YGaJ0rdvIW
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 24, 2023
Andy @andy_murray is such a beast. Never gives up. A joy to watch!
— Leo (@leonardorb) February 24, 2023
Metal hip, ice in his veins, big heart. This is Andy Murray!
— Marcela Linhares (@ma__linharess) February 24, 2023
Good old Andy ! What a legend
— GPNGreggs 💙 🇺🇦 🇾🇪 🇵🇸 (@AnnGreggsRN) February 24, 2023
This guy is incredible ! 💪🏼🎾
— Louis H. (@LouisH2007) February 24, 2023
Did he win with the passing shot or was the volley wide? Presumably the latter as Lehecka seemed to stop. @andy_murray is remarkable.
— Nick Hatton (@nickmhatton) February 24, 2023
Andy Murray won ALL of these matches within the space of 38 days. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/4QHEoj5zKB
— Rush 🐠 (@drivevolleys) February 24, 2023
Andy Murray won this match. @andy_murray #QEMO2023 pic.twitter.com/rF5oNkYRDB
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 24, 2023
ANDY MURRAY WOW. that final point was insane! not to mention saving all those MPs from 40-0. 🔥
— LV (@tokensoutherner) February 24, 2023
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