Andy Murray is back in a tournament final for the first time in 15 months – a spell that has seen him not capture a single title since his historic win at the Wimbledon Championships in 2013. Following a comfortable week in China, the Scot will culminate his campaign at the ATP 205-level event in the final against Spain’s Tommy Robredo. This will serve as the sixth time that the two competitors will cross paths on the professional circuit, with Murray holding a slight edge in the head-to-head series at 3-2.
The British No. 1 needed 1 hour and 42 minutes to defeat Juan Monaco 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 and set up the final against Robredo. Murray won nine straight games from the midway point of the second set to close out the match in emphatic fashion and inch himself slightly closer to a shot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November.
“He started the match well,” said Murray. “I was struggling a little bit with my timing. Obviously, the conditions were very hard today. But I feel good and I’m into my first final for a while. I’ll try tomorrow. Hopefully it’ll be a good match. Robredo’s been playing some good tennis this year, so it’ll be tough. I’m enjoying myself here and winning always helps.
“It’s been a tough year for me. The first few months coming back from surgery were hard, then I lost a bit of confidence. But I’ve felt better the past few months and hopefully I can have a strong end to the season.”
Spain’s Tommy Robredo has little resistance in his semi-final match against Santiago Giraldo, as he defeated the Colombian 6-1, 6-4 and even came back from a slight 3-1 deficit in the second set to reach his 21st final on the ATP World Tour. His last title win took place in 2013 in Umag.
This will mark the sixth time that Murray and Robredo will cross paths on the professional tour. Murray leads the series 3-2 thanks to his more recent win over the Spaniard during his 2013 campaign at SW19. Robredo actually holds a 2-1 edge in hard court encounters but has not beaten Murray on that surface since 2007 in Metz. While the Spaniard is playing some inspired tennis these days, it may be Murray’s moment to end the title drought and inch closer to the ATP World Tour Finals.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets