Murray ends frustrating dry spell with title in China

Murray ends frustrating dry spell with title in China
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Published September 28th, 2014 - 17:12 GMT via

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Andy Murray ended a frustrating dry spell stretching back almost 15 months as he won the Shenzhen Open on Sunday, fighting back past Spain's Tommy Robredo 5-7, 7-6 (11-9), 6-1 and saving five match point.

It was the second straight comeback performance form the Scot, who will still remain on his 11th ranking but improved his chances of qualifying for a place in the eight-man World Tour Finals in London in November by moving to 10th in that points race.

Murray won six of the last seven games to lift the trophy at Robredo's expense. The win echoed his semi-final success 24 a day earlier over Juan Monaco, whom he beat 6-0 in a finishing sweep.

Murray had not tasted title success since becoming the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon, which he did in July, 2013. Since that glorious day, the 27-year-old had little to show for his tennis, with back surgery a year ago delaying any chances of rising back into the ATP elite.

The top seed who played on a wild card clawed back from 6-2 down in the second set tiebreaker to stay alive by a thread, bringing it back to 6-6 in the decider.

Murray won the breaker with a forehand to take the match into a third.

"Today was obviously an incredibly tough match, and I got lucky at the end of the second set," Murray said. "I fought hard and I tried my best and thankfully managed to turn it around.

"Tommy probably deserved to win the match today. He had the opportunities in the second set but sometimes that happens in sport. I just tried to fight to the end."

Robredo found it tough to accept defeat, saying: "It's tough to accept when you are so close. Anyway Andy did a great job he fought to the end and at the end his deserved it."

Murray carries on next week to play in Beijing.

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