British number one Andy Murray has won his first title since winning Wimbledon in 2013, beating Tommy Robredo in the Shenzhen Open in China. Murray beat Robredo after saving five match points 5-7, 7-6 (11-9), 6-1 in a tense final. After losing the first set, Murray was trailing 6-2 behind in the second set tie-break before digging deep and recovering to win it 11-9, forcing a deciding third set where he came into his own breaking his opponent’s serve three times to win convincingly 6-1.
Murray will now move up the ATP rankings to 10th place and needs to advance two more places to reach the ATP World Tour Finals in London where only the top players eight qualify from the years events. Murray, 27 will now head to Beijing, Shanghai and Paris for his next three events where he needs to pick up maximum points. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have all already qualified for the World Tour Finals that will take place this year at the O2 from 9th – 16th November.
Current ATP World Tour Rankings
1st: Novak Djokovic (8,150 points)
2nd: Roger Federer (7,020)
3rd: Rafael Nadal (6,645)
Still to qualify
4th: Stan Wawrinka (4,795)
5th: Marin Cilic (3,935)
6th: Kei Nishikori (3,675)
7th: David Ferrer (3,535)
8th: Tomas Berdych (3,510)
9th: Milos Raonic (3,440)
10th: Andy Murray (3,405)
11th: Grigor Dimitrov (3,355)
In other British tennis news Murray’s brother Jamie and partner John Peers lost in the doubles finals of the Malaysian Open 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-5 in Kuala Lumpur beaten by Marcin Matkowski and Leander Paes. British number two James Ward failed to qualify in Tokyo after retiring in his match against Rajeev Ram from America. In the Women’s WTA tour, British number one Heather Watson lost to Venus Williams in straight seeds in the first round of the China Open 6-3, 6-1.
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