Andy Murray came from a set down to beat Richard Gasquet 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Sony Open Tennis tournament.
Murray had the chance to serve out the first set, but the Frenchman broke back and took it on a tie-break. However the Brit responded well, bouncing back to take the next two sets for the loss of just three games to move into his first Masters final of the year.
Gasquet dominated the opening stages, peppering his opponent with a broadside of spectacular backhand winners. Murray has made a habit of slow starts in recent times, so being 3-0 down within ten minutes was familiar territory. The Scot was unperturbed by this and began to work his way back into the match.
A confident service hold got the Scot on the scoreboard, before he upped the pressure, passing Gasquet twice to bring up three break points. He took the first and levelled the scores at 3-3. Read more (202 words)
Murray was now in the ascendency, and another break at 4-4 left him serving for the set. This tournament has seen the Scot making a habit of throwing in desperately poor games at the sharp end of a set, and a sequence of unforced errors and a double fault on break point saw that trend continue. Gasquet capitalised, forcing a tiebreak which he then ran away with.
Murray remained calm, steeled himself, and then proceeded to bludgeon his opponent off court. The Scots groundstrokes and deadly accurate lobs left Gasquet reeling, and he quickly levelled the match at one set all.
Gasquet's movement had dropped noticeably over the course of the set, and the Frenchman called for the trainer at the change of ends. He later revealed that he'd tweaked an ankle injury suffered at Indian Wells.
Murray's momentum was undisturbed, and he broke again at the start of the third. A sloppy service game featuring two double faults saw that advantage erased, but another immediate break proved decisive.
Murray will meet David Ferrer in the final on Sunday. The Scot leads the head to head 6-5, and a victory will see him leapfrog Roger Federer to number two in the rankings.