Murray channels Houdini

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Andy Murray prevailed in one of the more extraordinary matches of his career in the Dubai quarterfinals, beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(4-7) 7-6(20-18) 6-1.



The second set tiebreak score above is not a typographical error, for Murray did indeed come through it as the victor of its 38th point.

Had that tiebreak been stretched just a point further, it would have been the longest men's tour tiebreak since 1991.

The blood pressure of many of his fans would have been tested to the extreme as Murray ensured a third set by taking his eighth set point of the breaker and facing down seven match points for Kohlschreiber in the process.

The first set went the way of the German after Murray double-faulted in a more run-of-the-mill tiebreak. Kohlschreiber has snatched sets from Murray in their past matches, though no-one could foresee at this point the route that the Scot would have to take to stay alive in this tournament.

Murray broke near the start of the second set to give the impression of finally taking control, but was broken back when serving to take it to a third.

There followed the titanic tiebreak in which Murray squandered four set points before dicing with danger to go 8-9 down.

Murray reached into his drawer of superlative plays to stay in the contest several times before finally taking the set.

Unsurprisingly, Kohlschreiber wilted thereafter as Murray turned on the afterburners to speed towards the semifinals.

Onwards to Friday's semis then, where Murray will play Lucas Pouille.
Many thanks for the report Joe and for the very apt title as well.  My nerves were very relieved that that tie-break didn't go on any longer!  I wonder though how many other players over the years have survived 7 MPs?   Or is this another Andy record?  Think

So Pouille it is.  Donskoy though took him to three very close sets, with Pouille finally winning the 3rd set TB 7-2, their match finishing at 1:45 am.
March 02, 2017, 10:08 PM
By Aileen

Many thanks for the report Joe and for the very apt title as well.  My nerves were very relieved that that tie-break didn't go on any longer!  I wonder though how many other players over the years have survived 7 MPs?   Or is this another Andy record?  Think


Adriano Panatta holds the record, he once saved 11 match points against Kim Warwick in R1 of Rome 1976, went on to win the title.
March 02, 2017, 10:30 PM
By Matthew2408

Adriano Panatta holds the record, he once saved 11 match points against Kim Warwick in R1 of Rome 1976, went on to win the title.
Thanks Matthew.
March 02, 2017, 10:33 PM
By Aileen

 Blimey.
March 02, 2017, 11:07 PM
By circe

Thanks Joe. Not watching at the mo., but TennisTV sub beckons for IW and Miami.
March 03, 2017, 08:21 AM
By blueberryhill

Thanks Joe. Not watching at the mo., but TennisTV sub beckons for IW and Miami.

If you want to take out a sub now it will still cover IW/Miami I think as it is all in March. At least they were advertising it as such.
March 03, 2017, 08:24 AM
By amongsttheleaves

love the title too Joe - thanks for the report.  Delighted as I was that Andy won can't help but feel a bit sorry for Kohlshreiber as he played brilliantly in the first two sets.  I'm glad he got a standing ovation as he went off and was able to smile ruefully.  Can't help but think though that Andy might have done it much more easily, and eased his fans' blood pressure, had he not suddenly served two double faults in the first tie break, having had one of his best fsps for much of the first set.  But perhaps then we'd not have enjoyed some of the great shot making from both men.  I just hope it's not taken too much out of Andy given it's his first tournament after shingles, 
And from the ranking point of view, good to see Nole was knocked out by naughty Nick in Acapulco. 
March 03, 2017, 08:48 AM
By Ruthie

Here's a video of that drop shot:

March 03, 2017, 09:12 AM
By amongsttheleaves

thanks atl.  What guile, what craft.   For some reason I'd remembered it as Andy being closer to the net but I guess it was the amazing angle he used which made me think that,
March 03, 2017, 09:45 AM
By Ruthie

Another great title Joe. I had to pause the TV and go for a walk round the garden my nerves were shattered. All I can say is what a champ Andy is!
March 03, 2017, 10:33 AM
By ChrisMac

With you all the way Andy, lots of best wishes Smile
March 03, 2017, 11:08 AM
By moonglow

March 03, 2017, 11:57 AM
By Tonedial

thanks td - good interview. I was pleased he gave Kohli the credit he deserved.  And interesting what he said about having to stay that much more focused on a quicker court,  Certainly Fleming and Petch were saying that it's easier to have an upset on such a quick court and one of the reasons the game has been so dominated by the big four in recent years has been the slowness of most of the courts these days. 
March 03, 2017, 12:08 PM
By Ruthie

Quite an amazing match certainly kept you on our toes. Andy is a great player and so quick and his defence as well.

Well deserved. Lets hope tonight will be easier, I doubt -except there match went onto 12.45 am.
March 03, 2017, 01:00 PM
By jdonald

What a match, the first 2 sets were as good as it gets. Could have gone either way, good interview by Andy, always the gentleman. Looking forwrd to next match but don't know if my nerves can stand one as close as that.
March 03, 2017, 02:10 PM
By asimov

And it was good to read that Kohli was gracious in defeat, saying that while disappointed he wasn't sad because he played his best tennis and it was a great match and Andy is a great fighter.
March 03, 2017, 02:16 PM
By Ruthie

1980 Wimbledon Final-Björn Borg vs John McEnroe 1–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–7(16–18), 8–6
2004 TMC SF-Roger Federer vs Marat Safin 6–3, 7–6(20–18)
2007 AO 1R-Andy Roddick vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6–7(18–20), 7–6(7–2), 6–2, 6–3

hope this is true figures
March 03, 2017, 06:18 PM
By Tonedial

Here's a video of that drop shot:



At least Andy was honest enough to admit later that that 'outrageous' drop shot was a complete fluke, something I can believe because if you look at the expression on his face after he hit it, and it does look as though it came off the frame of his racquet, changes to one of consternation as he presumably thought it was going to go out - and with it the match.
March 03, 2017, 08:30 PM
By Aileen

^ Too honest for his own good, at times.  However, if anyone deserves a bit of luck, at times, he does!  Very Happy
March 03, 2017, 08:33 PM
By Elly

^ Too honest for his own good, at times.  However, if anyone deserves a bit of luck, at times, he does!  Very Happy
Definitely!  Anyway I rather have somebody who is too honest than a person who isn't honest enough.
March 03, 2017, 08:34 PM
By Aileen

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