MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2013
Milestone Men Murray, Berdych To Clash; Wawrinka Stops Dimitrov
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych both joined the 400 match wins club with their opening wins at the Mutua Madrid Open, and the two will now face off for a semi-final spot on Friday at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
Murray battled from a set and a break down in a late-night match Thursday in the Spanish capital, capitalising on his sixth match point to defeat Frenchman Gilles Simon 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6). It was his 11th straight win over Simon, with his sole loss coming in their first meeting six years ago in Rome.
The British No. 1 turned the tide in a 14-minute game in the second set, getting back on serve at 2-2, and drew level at one set apiece as the clock hit midnight. Simon fought off three match points to force a tie-break and another two with his opponent up 6-4, before Murray finally clinched victory with the match nearing the three-hour mark.
"I went behind in the second set and changed tactics a little bit," said Murray, who went three for 18 on his break points. "I just managed to scratch through. Third set, started to play better. Could have made it a little bit easier for myself. I had a lot of chances and just didn't get them. In the end, managed to come through...
"It wasn't a pretty or my best match, but I won," he added. "I gave myself an opportunity to get through to the semis tomorrow."
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Murray and Berdych have split their eight previous meetings (view FedEx ATP Head2Head). Murray claimed their past two encounters, most recently at last November's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, but the Czech has won their two matches on clay.
The 15th-seeded Swiss went three for four on his break point chances over the final two sets Thursday to close out the one hour, 42-minute victory. Dimitrov, 21, had been looking to back up his win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic two nights earlier.
"Today I was really trying to focus on myself and not on him," said Wawrinka. "I was trying to change my game a little bit. At the beginning he was making the game and doing everything, and I tried to push him a little bit more to play more hard and to take the game. That's when I start to serve a little bit better. In the end, I'm really happy to have won that match."
Wawrinka has won 10 of his past 11 matches, with his sole loss coming to Tsonga in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters quarter-finals. He captured the Portugal Open title on Sunday with victory over World No. 4 David Ferrer.