Andy Murray saves 5 match points to reach Doha final

Andy Murray Qatar
Andy Murray Qatar

DOHA, Qatar – Andy Murray saved five match points to beat Jiri Lehekka 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (6) to reach the final of the Qatar Open on Friday.

Murray, 35, has reached his first ATP Tour final since June and will face former No. 1 Daniil Medvedev.

“He is a legend,” Medvedev said of Murray. “Today was just unbelievable how he won.”

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion who had two hip surgeries, struggled with a 5-3 deficit in the deciding set. He saved two match points on his serve and three more when his opponent from the Czech Republic served for the match.

“It was one of the most amazing turns of my career,” the Scot said in an on-court interview. “To be honest, I have no idea how I managed to turn it around.”

Medvedev beat runner-up Felix Auger-Aliassime for the second time in two weeks, this time 6-4, 7-6 (7). Last week, Medvedev also won consecutive quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

“Confidence matters because (Auger-Aliassime) had (three) setpoints,” Medvedev said. “I managed to just stay there and that was enough to win.”

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