By Luke Sefton
Andy Murray secured his 10th consecutive win after defeating Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 to move into the third round of the Paris Masters - and within one match of securing his place at the World Tour Finals.

The Brit broke immediately and was rarely troubled – a minor second set blip aside – taking all three of his break points and hitting 20 winners to just nine unforced errors, although the disappearance of his first serve in the second set put him under a bit more pressure than he might have liked.

The eighth seed started with an emphatic love hold, before being rather gifted the first break of the match after Benneteau served up three successive double faults.

The Scot – who was showing little sign of fatigue following his mara...
By Nigel Graber
Improbably, almost unbelievably, Andy Murray is the 2014 Valencia Open champion, winning through 3-6 7-6 7-6 against Tommy Robredo in one of the longest, greatest, most gruelling and pulsating three-set matches of this or any other era.

Both men were spent from the start. Into his fifth straight week of competition and tilting for his third title, Murray was running on fumes, gasping for air in every gap in proceedings and, by turns, conserving energy and raising the roof with his Spanish opponent.

In the first set, the Scot looked like a man who’d gone one round too many with Floyd Mayweather. The haggard, ragged look painted a vivid mental picture, and it was reflected in his play.

Robredo is a puzzling player – neither an out...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray dug deep today to find reserves of strength probably not even he knew he owned, to outlast David Ferrer in the semi-final of the Valencia Open. Murray led by a set and two breaks before squeezing home 6-4 7-5.

Job number one when playing away – and Valencia is Ferrer’s home town – is to silence the crowd. Murray did just that, breaking the Spaniard in the opening game.

The Scot held on for the rest of the set, testing Ferrer with his superior weight of shot, depth and variety in a Murray masterclass. Although Ferrer held his only break point as the Scot served out, an adrenaline-fuelled ace down the T that tipped the speed gun at 140mph snuffed out the danger.

For the first half of the second set, it was more of the sa...
By Nigel Graber
Andy Murray today overcame not only big-serving South African Kevin Anderson but also the version of himself that sometimes mutters and chunters his way to unlikely defeats. The Scot advanced into the semi-finals of the Valencia Open, 6-7 6-4 6-4.

In a tetchy, 80-minute first set in which Murray posted a first-serve strike-rate of just 42%, the Brit broke in the second game, but surrendered his own delivery in the very next game. Anderson broke again at 3-3, only for Murray to restore parity after a marathon service game.

With the Scot constantly reproaching himself out loud for his lack of tactics and concentration, the first set lurched bad-temperedly towards a tiebreak, which the big South African took 7-4 after a series of loose shots...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray recorded his 100th indoor win after easing past Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open.

It was an impressive display of consistency and controlled aggression from the British number one, who was firmly in control of the match from the opening stages. Serving very well himself, he was able to frequently attack Fognini's second serve to put the 27-year-old Italian under pressure.

Murray got off to a flying start, playing more consistently in the long rallies and getting an immediate break as the unpredictable Italian double-faulted.

Fognini saved three break points at 2-0, but a skillful passing shot on the run from a determined Murray secured another break point. With the pressure mou...
By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray started his Valencia Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Austrian Jurgen Melzer. Fresh from his run to the title in Vienna, Murray will be looking for another good run in Valencia to bolster his chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals.

In an up-and-down return-dominated contest marked by nineteen breakpoints and nine breaks of serve, Murray managed his tennis the better of the two to carve out a straight sets win. Although his second serve was frequently under attack, he managed his first delivery well, winning over 80% of his first serve points.

The pair exchanged breaks in the third and fourth games before Murray broke to love in Melzer's next service game to take a 3-2 lead.

Both players had break poi...
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