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Andy Murray beats Andy Roddick in Semi Final Clash - Feb-06
Andy Murray ranked sixty beat world number three in the SAP Open Semi-Finals with an amazing, victory over Andy Roddick of the USA . The 7-5, 7-5 triumph is the best result of his tennis career against a top seeded player.
This tennis match means that Andrew Muarry has become the youngest tournament winner since Michael Chang aged sixteen in 1988.
In the first set of the match, Andy Roddick served fast however, Murray broke Roddick's serve for a five-four advantage. Murray then won a point after returning from a one hundred and thirty-six mph serve. This highlighted that Murray was not going to be overpowered by the Roddick's rocket serves. In the final game, Andy Murray held serve to win the first set.
In the second set the intensity was high with both tennis players wanting to win. Andy Murray broke Roddick's serve to gain a three-two lead. Before the final game, Murray roared in anticipation of a famous victory and managed to maintain his cool to beat a top ten opponent for the first time in four attempts.
Andy Roddick's big serve was Murray’s main concern during the match however, he handle the pace with understanding, as he returned the powerful shots no matter how hard it they were hit. This frustrated Roddick as it affected his game plan and left him vulnerable to counter attacks on the Murray return of serve.
“I have so much respect for a guy like Roddick. He's achieved so much,” Murray commented after the tennis match. “It's great just to be on the court with him. To beat him is amazing.”
Andy Murray explained that his service returns were key to the match.
“He obviously didn't serve as well as he can. I don't know if that was because I was returning very well or if he just wasn't feeling as confident as he normally was.”
Andy Murray now moves on to the final were he will play Lleyton Hewitt.
“I'm really looking forward to playing my match tomorrow because now that I've won against a top 10 player, it gives me the confidence knowing I can do it because I've had chances against top 10 players before and I haven't taken them.”
This will be Andy Murray’s second final following the defeat to Roger Federer at the Thailand Open in 2005. Murray is likely to push into world's top fifty when the new tennis rankings come out on Monday. Murray’s comments on the subject were,
“You want to be pushing your ranking in the right direction and to get into the top 50 is a pretty decent achievement at 18 years of age”
“It's come pretty quickly but I feel like I deserve it.”
“I didn't have the best start to the year but I've been working very hard and I just had to get a few matches under my belt, get a bit of confidence.”
Commenting on his prospects in the up and coming Final Andy Murray explained,
“I will probably have to play my best match to beat him"
“He is a double Grand Slam champion, he is in the top 10 of the world and I don't think he has dropped a set this week and he is playing pretty well, but I'm going to go out and try to play one of my best matches."