as informed in “Never played a tie-break like that in my life and I’ll probably never play another one like that again,” said Murray after the near three-hour epic.
If the fans had come to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium looking for entertainment last night, they got more than their money’s worth.
Murray could scarcely celebrate, sinking into his chair after the match as he put his signature on the TV camera lens.
“Actually, the first match I played was against Dzumhur [at the Monte Carlo Masters] after it happened.
I think I played great tennis, one of my best matches,” he said.
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Fernando Verdasco fires past Gael Monfils to reach Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals
Fernando Verdasco put on a serving masterclass on Thursday to defeat fourth seed Gael Monfils 6-3, 7-5 and take his place in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals.
Serving to stay in the match, Monfils held to make it 4-5 before the Frenchman broke Verdasco to love to level the second set.
Verdasco, 33, broke the Monfils serve at the first opportunity and maintained the one break advantage throughout the first set to claim the opener 6-3.
The Dutchman will face either fourth seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils or Fernando Verdasco of Spain for a place in the final.
After exchanging breaks in the first two games of the deciding set, Haase broke once again and managed to keep in front for the remainder of the match.
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Dubai Duty Free Tennis order of play – Thursday, March 2: Andy Murray faces Philipp Kohlschreiber, Gaels Monfils takes on Fernando Verdasco – Tennis – Regional
Top seed Andy Murray, fourth seed Gael Monfils and World No15 Lucas Pouille feature in a sparkling quarter-final line-up at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.
World No1 Murray faces Philipp Kohlschreiber at 7pm while Roger Federer’s conqueror Evgeny Donskoy is in action against Lucas Pouille of France after the completion of that match.
In the earlier games on Centre Court, Robin Haase faces Damir Dzumhur at 3pm.
Gael Monfils also takes on Fernando Verdasco.
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