madrid08murray_simon

Points won by each set: | 29-23, 46-43 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
33 % Murray – 22 of 66
21 % Simon – 16 of 75

Simon [16] made a tremendous effort advancing to the final (five three-setters, many tie-breaks), so rather Murray’s easy win could be expected. Indeed, the Brit [4] held his serve eleven times without any trouble (no deuce, once 15/30), but surprisingly the seemingly exhausted Simon was better during long rallies. He almost won the 2nd set as he led 6:4* in the tie-break – Murray showed then his exceptional skills in winning long tie-breaks… saved the double set point forcing errors with dropshot and forehand down the line, then at 6-all played his best return of the day, backhand inside-out. On first match point there was a quick crazy rally when Murray attacked the net to be in defence a moment later – Simon made a volley error. ‘I planned to play a little bit better than that from the back of the court,” said Murray. “Both of us made a lot of mistakes but both of us were a little bit tired from yesterday, him probably more than me.’

Murray’s route to his 7th title (2nd Masters 1K):
2 Simone Bolelli 6-0, 2-1 ret.
3 Marin Cilic 7-5, 7-6(2)
Q Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2
S Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
W Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6(6)

# Murray three points away from losing to Federer at *4:5 (15-all) in the 3rd set

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