Murray Saves Match Point Against Dimitrov
Third seed moves into quarter-finals
ndy Murray saved one match point and defeated Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 after three hours to move into the quarter-finals in Cincinnati. Murray improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Dimitrov to 6-2.
“If you want to win the big competitions, you’ll have to come through difficult situations,” said Murray. “Last year, I didn't come through enough of them. I lost a lot of matches from winning positions, and this year I managed to turn that around, which was very positive.”
The Bulgarian started the match in top form, breaking in the first game of the match and claiming the first set after 46 minutes. Murray finally found his bearings after going two breaks down in the second set. Dimitrov served for the match at 6-5, but the World No.2 fought back to force a tie-break, which he won to extend the match.
In a rollercoaster final set, Murray claimed an early break before Dimitrov rallied to win five consecutive games to move to a 5-2 lead. Dimitrov served two double faults at 5-3 when he failed to serve out the match. In the following game Murray saved the lone match point he faced at 4-5 30/40, when Dimitrov made a loose unforced forehand service return error.
Two games later, the Brit took control of the encounter with a decisive service break and converted on his first match point to earn a quarter-final berth against Richard Gasquet.
“I was happy with the way I played at least, but that's about it,” said Dimitrov. “I had too many opportunities. That's the only thing. If that you have many and you don't I want to say that's about it. Everything else felt pretty good. The body held up well for three hours, so good things ahead.”
Gasquet took out World No. 9 Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 49 minutes. The Frenchman put 68 per cent of first serves in play and saved six of seven break points. He trails the FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Murray 3-5, and has not defeated the Brit since Rome 2012.