“I know it was an incredible match,” said Murray. “The tennis at the end and in the second set was high level. I played well at the right moments.” This is an unbelievable story… Four weeks after defeating Robredo in the Shenzhen final facing five match points, Murray beat the Spaniard again with the same number of match points saved! The Valencia final was even more dramatic because Murray fought off those match points in two different sets # Defeating one player twice from a match point down it’s a rarity, but doing it in two finals it’s something absolutely unique, especially within such a short period of time! Murray  led 3:2* (40/30) in the opener when the final turned into a dog-fight. Robredo  saved the break point with an 18-stroke rally, and grabbed four successive games that required twelve deuces & Murray’s nine game/break points wasted! The set lasted 57 minutes – the longest ‘6-3’ set I’ve seen indoors… Murray served twice to stay in the match in the 2nd set (held at ‘love’ twice). In the decider Robredo led *4:3 (deuce), then saved a match point at 4:5. How did Murray save ten match points (five on return) against Robredo in two finals?:
Shenzhen 5-7, 7-6(9), 6-1
*2:6 in the tie-break: unreturned 2nd serve (BH error), FH-drive volley (10 strokes), FH error (9 strokes), BH winner (5 strokes)
6:7* in the tie-break: FH winner (6 strokes)
Valencia 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(8)
5:6* & 6:7 in the 2nd set tie-break: FH error (11 strokes), ace out-wide
5:6, 6:7* & 7:8 in the 3rd set tie-break: FH volley (15 strokes), FH error (7 strokes), overhead winner (3 strokes)
The last rally of the Valencia final was consisted of 26 strokes, Murray ultimately played a BH winner down the line, and he fell down on the court in exhaustion. Robredo was exhausted too, and he showed two middle fingers to Murray at the net…
Murray’s route to his 31st title:
1 Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-3
2 Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4
Q Kevin Anderson 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4
S David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5
W Tommy Robredo 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(8) – 5 m.p.
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