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Murray reaches dream final « on: October 01, 2005, 12:49 PM »
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UPDATE: Andy Murray will take on Roger Federer this morning on Stadium court at 0830 BST - discuss here.

It's a dream come true for Andy Murray, who managed to beat home favourite Paradorn Srichaphan in the Thailand Open to reach his first ATP Tour final today.

The 18-year-old Scot battled back from a set down to triumph 6-7 7-5 6-2 and clinch a dream final against world number one Roger Federer on Sunday.

MurraysWorld reporter, Kundalini said:
Andy struggled throughout much of this match but only once did he lose his serve and that was in his very first service game when a woeful smash finished in the net to gift Srichaphan the early break. By staying in the match he gave himself a chance, and for once it was not Andy that tired towards the end but his opponent.

Srichaphan played some superb tennis at times, hitting big serves, attacking Andy's second serve with forcing backhands, and coming to the net to use his stop volley to great effect. But every so often Srichaphan would throw in a wild groundstroke and despite winning two or three points on nearly all of Andy's service games, that second break was elusive.

Read Kundalini's full analysis here.

Post-match audio:
- BBC Interview: Andy Murray
- BBC Interview: Mark Petchey

Related:
- MW Gallery: Thailand Open (5 new)
- Thailand Open: Main Singles Draw
- Official Thailand Open Website
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Murray reaches dream final « Reply #1 on: October 01, 2005, 02:07 PM »
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Match analysis:

Do enough to win your service games and you can stay in the match.

Andy struggled throughout much of this match but only once did he lose his serve and that was in his very first service game when a woeful smash finished in the net to gift Srichaphan the early break. By staying in the match he gave himself a chance, and for once it was not Andy that tired towards the end but his opponent.

Srichaphan played some superb tennis at times, hitting big serves, attacking Andy's second serve with forcing backhands, and coming to the net to use his stop volley to great effect. But every so often Srichaphan would throw in a wild groundstroke and despite winning two or three points on nearly all of Andy's service games, that second break was elusive.

Andy's form was never quite there. Too many unforced errors off simple groundstrokes. Backhands that went long, forehands into the net. His first serve percentage was below 50% for long periods, his second serve looked vulnerable. And yet he survived, crafting some smart plays, unleashing a few fierce passing shots, and doing enough to keep Srichaphan at bay while winning few points against the Srichaphan serve.

And then the match turned. Serving to force a tiebreak in the second set Srichaphan's form deserted him. A double fault and a couple of stop volleys that didn't have enough to make it over the net and he had lost his serve to love.

The early part of the third set was fairly even. An injury timeout for Srichaphan and when the match restarted the strength had gone from his legs. It finished 6-2.

This was not Andy at his brilliant best, not even close. Srichaphan looked the class player. He had all the shots and in contrast much of Andy's play seemed mundane. Yet Andy emerged the winner because he did not give in, because he didn't let his obvious frustration hurt him on the scoreboard. When he played a couple of poor points on serve, he would respond with a couple of winners. And that's what makes the difference.
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audio magic « Reply #2 on: October 01, 2005, 08:13 PM »
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theres an audio interview with andy over at

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/default.stm

*sorry, im useless and can't work out how to link it directly*  lol

theres also one with petch, but i think its a bit older : Smile
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Murray reaches dream final « Reply #3 on: October 01, 2005, 08:25 PM »
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thanks for the info
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Murray reaches dream final « Reply #4 on: October 01, 2005, 08:29 PM »
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Quote from: "Mark"
thanks for the info

no problem Very Happy
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